Inspired by the “pop of neon on crystal earring trend” seen at J.Crew, I had a flash of creative courage. “I can make those for $5, I’ll paint them myself” I thought.
I bought a selection of crystal earrings at Forever 21 which cost about $3 a pair and some fun colored acrylic paints.
Then I carefully painted the earrings using a tiny brush.
Here are some after the first coat. I found that it took about 5 hours for the acrylic to dry enough for a second coat. If you were to replicate this project I would not recommend using acrylic paints, they were messy and clunky on the “stones.” I would next try nail polish or glass paint which I think will adhere better and give you that luminous quality you want from these earrings.
The finished products in the sun light. I have been wearing my pair (the rest were gifted) and getting lots of compliments. I can’t wait to try this project again with better paints and more artistic restraint (I liked my first coat versions better, always so hard to know when to stop!)
This is my inspiration for the next batch.
AnjaliFebruary 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm (10 years ago)
SO cute! Sandra, Beth and I saw some vintage crystal jewelry at the flea market that was calling your name. Next time…
AprilFebruary 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm (10 years ago)
Lydia, I love love love these ever since seeing previews on Instagram. Hope to see more DIYs like these from you, since clearly you have a knack for it.
MommyproofFebruary 19, 2013 at 6:51 pm (10 years ago)
Um, these are awesome. And so are you for making them and not just thinking about making them and then getting pissed at yourself for not actually doing it, which is what I would probably do 🙂 Thanks for sharing! xox
PhilippaSeptember 6, 2013 at 12:46 am (10 years ago)
This is GENIUS. Thank you for the inspiration!