That's how I felt when I read this tutorial for Mise en Dior pearl earrings that Geneva created. Every step to this tutorial, I credit to her. Absolutely brilliant. I followed her tutorial to a T.
To start off, you're going to need pearl studs. Or actually, any type of stud earrings you wish. I would recommend ball studs.
I bought the pearls at a random store in Midtown. (Luckily I don't have sensitive ears.)
a ball pair I had laying around from a f21 stud set
You're also going to need plastic beads. I say plastic, otherwise the beads will be too heavy. Resin will work also. I bought assorted sizes and also neon colored beads.
($5.50 bag from BEAD CENTER. The $6.99 is self-chosen beads from the clearance section of FUN2BEAD.)
These are beautiful, but won't work for this tutorial.
You're also going to need little rubber earring backs. I bought a smaller size than usually sold.
Also, the plastic beads need to have holes drilled large enough to fit the earring back.
Instead of a headpin you can use a skewer (Like how Geneva did).
Remember to have a window open, e6000 is no joke.
Press the earring back into the bead.
The glue will get messy.
How mind-numbingly simple. I don't know how long I have stared at Dior's earrings trying to figure out how to DIY it, and here the answer was, so easy. Man.
a pop of neon!
Of course, we gotta get down with the pearl originals.
different sizes of studs
I bought humongous pearls. No regrets.
Here are different sizes of tan balls. I love them all. This color is a lot more subtle.
Some in progress pictures
- Really fun pop of color
- I like neon in small doses
- Looks great with hair down OR up
- Super freaking cheap to make
- You can potentially use any bead as long as the hole is big enough
- THINK OF ALL THE POSSIBILITIES
- Pearls really do look good with pretty much any color
- Minus the white... to me at least
- As long as you have studs and glue, just need the backs and the beads
- Sometimes you will already have backs laying around from store-bought stud sets
- Takes barely a minute to make each pair
- Of course, the bigger the back bead, the more you can see from the front
- I have freakishly large lobes though...
One downside: I have a second ear piercing on my lobes, and there is no way another stud will fit. I'm thinking I'll just wear these with a tiny gold hoop in the second piercing? Or of course, leave it bare.
Thanks for reading!