Earrings from Everyday Objects (Video)

Jewelry and Coffee with Rena
Video Episode 17

by Rena Klingenberg.

Come on in! I’ll take you on a mini jewelry tour of four simple pairs of earrings made from everyday objects:

Transcript of This Video:

I love to wear earrings. They’re my favorite type of jewelry to wear.

I have this little collection of earrings that are made from ordinary everyday objects that are not always considered to be jewelry components.

But whenever I wear them, people always comment on them.

To me, what makes them really special is that they show the beauty of simplicity.

All of these earrings are made from just the object and the earwires – and sometimes a jump ring.

So if you’d like to see these, come along with me:

Simple cowrie shell earrings b Rena Klingenberg

This simple pair of cowrie shells make a great pair of earrings.

All it took was jump rings and earwires, and these are a wonderful neutral pair of earrings that have a very natural flair.

I’m sure you recognize these components! πŸ™‚

I was given these Lego earrings as a gift.

They’re comfortable to wear, very lightweight, they’re my favorite color – and I always get comments on them because people think they’re really fun.

I got a bag of about a hundred of these fake coins at a local craft store.

All I did was add earwires – and I have gotten more compliments on this pair of earrings!

These wonderfully polished stones came from one of the Great Lakes.

They were gathered and turned into a pair of earrings by a local artist there (Val of Stone Me) – and not only did I purchase these earrings from her, but also this bracelet:

. . . which is made wonderfully simply with two stones from the Great Lakes and a lovely rustic chain.

Well, I hope you enjoyed that little jewelry tour!

I’d love to hear your experiences with making very simple pieces of jewelry like this.

Thank you for joining me today – I’ll see you next time!

The Jewelry Rena’s Wearing
in This Video:

jewelry by Rena Klingenberg

Faux coin earrings: Made by Rena Klingenberg with brass mini-coins, 14k gf wire and earwires, Swarovski crystals, and turquoise beads.

Rustic foldover pendant: Made by Rena Klingenberg from copper sheet, with vinegar and salt patina. See the tutorial: Rustic Foldover Pendant.

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Comments

  1. Good Morning, Rena! I made some simple earrings this week, but the thing with me is, I’m a compulsive embellisher, so I start simple and plain, then I add a little pearl, a little crystal or sparkle, and on it goes! πŸ™‚

    I took a piece of ivory cotton lace from a top (a found object), and cut some of the smallest designs from it, to make small inexpensive earrings for my table. I planned on adding one crystal to the center, because it needed that. Then I noticed that they really looked like snowflakes, so I changed the earwires from antique brass to silver, and added a bit of silver glitter to the edges of my snowflakes (maybe your glittered snowflakes inspired me!). They turned out really pretty, and still inexpensive, but not as simple and plain as I originally planned them to be.

  2. Hi Tamara!

    Your snowflake earrings project sounds lovely. I think having the lace and all embellishments in ivory and silver would feel subtle and shimmery, but not overdone. The lace alone wouldn’t have the magic crystalline sparkle of snowflakes! πŸ™‚

  3. Hi, Rena, I’m am really loving your little peeks into your jewelry collection. Does that make me a voyeur? Especially love the lake stone pieces.

  4. LOL Linda, I’m a jewelry voyeur too! πŸ™‚ I love seeing other people’s jewelry, how they make it, wear it, store it, etc. Thank you for your lovely comment!

  5. oanh spano says:

    hi Rena,I love your video,earing from everyday Objects is so great,could I know how can you make a hole on the stones.thank you to share your lovely collection

  6. Hi Oanh, unfortunately I didn’t make the lake stone earrings or bracelet myself – I bought them from the artist who gathered the stones and created them. I would think she uses a drill of some sort to make the holes in her stones – and I’m sorry that I don’t have any further info on how she does it.

  7. Deb Houck says:

    Hi, I took a class taught by Helen Driggs at Bead Fest last year. You can use a Dremel drill or a Flex Shaft and drill the hole in the stones while submerged under water in a small container or dish. We also drilled through buttons, glass, and various other objects. I am not sure anymore which drill bit to use, though.

  8. I’ve often been asked to make a piece of jewelry from some object because it had sentimental value. I love to collect rocks and shells from places that are meaningful to me and apparently, I’m not alone. Most of the time the object is simply wrapped. It’s the thing itself that matters and simplicity is the way to go.

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