Make Lace Earrings
Who can bear to throw away even a scrap of pretty lace? Maybe you have beautiful dyed lace from following the directions in "Painted Lace" from theÂ SewStylishÂ Spring 2012 , or you have some lace yardage or trim left over from another project and don't want it to go to waste. Follow these steps to turn it into lovely, easy-to-make lace earrings!
You can use a lace trim or lace yardage. Venise lace works best, because it tends to be more substantial and comes in lots of different designs and in many different widths. It's also easy to trim away portions of the design or motif that you don't like without causing fraying or unraveling. Even a small swatch or scrap of lace works for this project.
Depending on the motif you decide to use, you can connect ear wires directly to the lace or dangle the lace from jewelry chain or jump rings. Consider embellishing the lace with adhesive-backed, heat-set, or glue-on jewels or crystals.
Lace scraps (width and length necessary depend on the motif)
French hook ear wires or posts
Jewelry jump rings (size depends on the lace motif's size)
Jewelry wire cutters
1. Select the portion of the lace you want to use for earrings. Trim away extraneous motifs and connecting threads as necessary. You can see that the flowers used for the purple and green painted-lace earrings shown are just one part of a larger motif. If your chosen lace is very lightweight, apply Fray Check sparingly to the back of the entire motif you've selected. The lace will stiffen as it dries.