What do you do with your old electronics? I have a TON lying around but taps, old washing machines and hard drives all have parts that can be turned into jewelry! (Or the parts are also very cheap and available at most hardware stores) Here’s an example of how I used rubber washers- used to reduce noise- to make a pair of statement earrings. (For more hardware inspiration, here are 7 pieces of jewelry I made after a trip to the local hardware store on Fulham Road)

 

What you need

Rubber washers in different sizes

Jump rings

2 rhinestones

Rhinestone glue

Pair of earring studs

Pliers (Optional- if you use aluminium rings, they’re soft enough to be opened and closed with just your fingers!

Note: you can use any glue but if you’re not careful, they will dull your rhinestone (as shown in the last pic) so I highly recommend investing in a good rhinestone glue such as Perfect Deco.

 

Step 1

Apply glue to the back of the rhinestone, press the earring stud firmly done and leave to dry then go on to Step 2.

 

Step 2

Open the jump ring and slide 2 or more washer rings onto it before closing the jump ring.

Keep doing this to connect a series of washer rings together until you are happy with the final design- just keep in mind that either the first or last washer ring should be a small one.

 

 

Step 3

Once the rhinestone is dry (to be safe, leave 24 hours), stretch the small washer ring onto the rhinestone (the washers are expandable- they are good as clasps too! If you want me to show you how I use them to close jewellery, just send me a note 🙂 )

 

Ta-dah! New pair of statement earrings. You’re welcome to make 2 sides but I like to match it with just a plain pearl or rhinestone on the other side, so I’ve just done one 🙂

 

Can you see that the rhinestone is a bit fuzzy? That’s because I used E6000 to make this pair- so if you’re investing in good quality rhinestones, don’t forget to get rhinestone glue!! (I am not being paid by any craft company so this is a sincere, 100% honest recommendation) 🙂

What do you think? Does it look like it’s made of hardware parts? I’ve worn it a couple of times and gotten a ton of compliments 🙂

Like this geometric look? Here’s how to make another pair of structural earrings using leather

Written by Zen

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