Recycled Car Seat Bead Earrings
Rubber Stamping Project by Carolyn Hasenfratz
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- Stamp the Paper
- Tools and Materials
- Paint the Beads
- Apply the Paper
- Finishing Touches
By dressing up a couple of wooden beads from a recycled car seat cover, you can make earrings that are not only pretty, but inexpensive and lightweight.
Tools and Materials
Waterproof rubber stamp ink
Car seat beads
Optional - acrylic crackle medium
Assorted small beads
2 earring findings
Stamp the Paper
- Select some thin paper to stamp your pattern on. The reason for choosing thin paper is that it's easier to get thin paper to conform to the shape of the bead when it's time to glue it on.
- Using waterproof rubber stamp ink or acrylic paint (or both as in my sample), stamp a pattern onto the paper. Here is an almost sure-fire formula for stamping out a good pattern: choose some rubber stamps that are bold and blocky, and mix them with some designs that contain fine lines. For your colors, pick a couple of analagous colors in a mid-range, plus one white or bright color and one black or dark color. Including a touch of metallic goes a long way toward adding richness and life to your design. For some tips on stamping with acrylic paint, refer to my previous project Decoupage Wooden Beads.
- Let the paper dry, and if any of your inks require it, heat set.
Paint the Beads
- First, sand the beads with fine sandpaper to help the paint adhere better to surface. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove the dust.
- Paint the beads in a color or colors in harmony with your stamped paper. For surface interest, you might consider using a wash or sponge effect, or use crackle medium between two layers of paint as I did in my example. To make painting easier, paint the beads in sections so that you always have a dry spot to hold on to. You can dry the beads on the ends of pieces of bent wire stuck into a piece of styrofoam.
- Allow beads to dry.
Apply the Paper
- Cut two 3/8" x 2 1/8" pieces from your stamped paper pattern.
- Brush some glue onto the back side of the paper and wrap around each bead. In my example I used Perfect Paper Adhesive.
- Allow beads to dry.
- Using a tiny detail paintbrush, paint a line of color around the edges of the paper and allow paint to dry.
- Spray or brush on a clear sealer, and let dry.
- Thread beads onto headpins with complementary smaller beads. The car seat beads have large holes, so to keep them straight on the headpin, fill them with smaller beads as you go. The "E" size works very well.
- Make a loop at the top of each headpin with the roundnose pliers and attach the earring findings of your choice. You're done!
Here are some sources for products you can use in this project.