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Hanukkah earrings

This pair of earrings is made in the traditional blues of Hanukkah, but when you see how easy they are to make, you might just want a pair in every color! The major materials you’ll need for these are paper and a disposable plate. You can choose scrapbooking paper, wrapping paper, or plain printer paper that you paint ~ I just recommend that you keep it lightweight. Your disposable plate can be either plastic (no foam) or the paper kind with the waxed finish.

Materials & Tools
Lightweight decorative paper
Acrylic paints (optional)
Paper or plastic disposable plate
Waxed paper
Liquid Laminate by Beacon
Silver leafing pen
Ear wires and jump rings
Sharpie pen
Cosmetic sponge
Awl or nail
Chain nose pliers

1. Gather all your materials and tools. If you are going to paint your own papers, do that now, or else gather three coordinated colored papers that you wish to use. I used a single sheet of scrapbook paper and added thin washes of acrylic paint to change the colors. The lightest colored piece was used for the backs, the darkest was used for the middles, and the medium colored piece for the tops.

2. Draw your shapes onto the backs of the papers. Cut them out.

3. Cut out the flat middle section of your plate. Place it on a piece of waxed paper with the waxy side of the plate down if it’s a paper plate. If it’s a plastic plate, it won’t matter which side is which. Spread a thin layer of Liquid Laminate onto the plate with a cosmetic sponge, and quickly stick down all your cut paper pieces, painted sides up. Let them dry and coat right over top of all your pieces with another thin layer. Let them dry thoroughly. The Liquid Laminate seals the papers with a crystal clear coating. Paint the back of the plate too if you wish, and once everything is dry, cut all the pieces out.

4. Use an awl or a nail to make a small hole at the top of each earring piece.

5. Run a silver leafing pen around the cut edges of each paper piece to give them a finished look.

6. Open your jump rings and slip on the papers in the proper order. Top with a charm. Attach the jump ring to the ear wires.

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