|Before: toys in the toy box.|
I have no idea what the origin was for these two dog figurines. They were never a family favorite. They were buried at the bottom of the toy box where they inevitable sunk quickly (probably in the initial toss) and sat undisturbed for who knows how long. In short, these little dogs were destined to become earrings.
|After: Earrings by GeltDesigns.com|
Two surgical steel earring hooks
Two small screw eyes
Two dog figurines
Select two matching figurines. We used two dogs, but there are many small toys that make great earring components.
Make or select the ear wires. We used commercially made surgical steel ear hooks because the color matches the screw eye and we have a lot of them on hand, but consider the style ear wire and color metal when selecting findings for your earrings.
Gather your tools and materials.
Place the screw eye in the center of the back of the toy figurine. Make a divot and then begin screwing the screw eye into the back. You do not need to drill first, just mark and begin screwing the part into the toy.
Use your pliers for added leverage when screwing in the eye. It may be easier to hold the screw eye with your pliers and turn the toy figurine to secure the finding.
Attach the ear wire to the screw eye. Adjust the screw eye or the finding to be sure the earring hangs straight.
Repeat to create second earring.
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