Saturday, December 18, 2010

Make Duct Tape Earrings

Before: Duct Tape & Stickers
Duct tape is the rage of the middle school set. Look around your local middle school and you will find incredible duct tape wallets, purses, ties and iPod covers. After finding colorful duct tape and neon stickers, the youngest member of our team thought of an idea to turn these household items into earrings that look downright awesome. 

Earring findings
2 stickers

Duct Tape Earrings by GeltDesigns
Chain nose pliers (optional but recommended)

Step One
Gather all the materials.  You will need some colorful duct tape, two puffy stickers about ½-inch square and two brass fish hook earrings. We used Duck Brand duct tape because it comes in many bright colors, but any duct tape will do.

Step Two
Eyeball out about 2 inches of duct tape and rip or tear it (don’t bother measuring the length because you will cut it to size later).

Step Three
Fold duct tape so that the sticker can fit on with a little extra space above and below it. There should be lots of extra tape to the left and right of the sticker.

Step Four
Stick the sticker on the duct tape; try to center it, but if you can’t it will not make a big difference

Step Five
Trim the extra duct tape to the left and right of the sticker. You want to leave a little extra tape so you can see the color. Try to leave equal amounts of duct tape on each side so the sticker is centered.

Step Six
Drill a hole in the top of the newly made “bead”. Drill directly above the sticker on the duct tape (you may use either a drill or a center punch to create the hole).

Step Seven
Attach the drilled “bead” you just made to the brass fish hook earring finding.

Step Eight

Related Tutorials
Make Earrings from Shoe Charms 
Make Your Own Ear Wires
How to Make an Ear Wire Jig

Further Readings 
"The Jumbo Duct Tape Book";  Jim Berg, Tim Nyberg; 2000.
"Stick It!: 99 DIY Duct Tape ProjectsStick It!: 99 DIY Duct Tape Projects";  T.L. Bonaddio; 2009.
"Ductigami: The Art of the Tape";  Joe Wilson; 2006.
"Duct Tape Book: The Ultimate Duct Tape Book";  Tim Nyberg, Jim Berg; 1998.
"Got Tape?: Roll Out the Fun With Duct Tape!";  Ellie Schiedermayer; 2002.
"The Original Duct Tape Halloween Book";  Jim Berg, Tim Nyberg; 2003.

Day 28. Week 4. Jewelry from Found Objects.  $ spent: 0
Found materials: Duct Tape, Stickers
New Jewelry a Day.  

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