Friday, 15 August 2014

DIY Plectrum Jewellery

Making wearable pieces from 'found' objects is one of my favourite things. It requires you to really 'think outside the box' and use your creativity. Making jewellery from plectrums isn't really anything new and Tatty Devine led the way back in their early days with Plectrum bracelets. Plectrums come in a wide spectrum of bright colours, but there are also clear ones, metal ones, tortoiseshell ones - an endless array of loveliness to suit every taste. It's also a great way of recycling and re-purposing plastic, re-using worn plectrums or creating your own from old store cards or gift cards that could have a really lovely pattern or colour you like.

Tools & Materials:
Assortment of Plectrums
Earring hooks
Jump rings
Necklace chain
Flat back beads or Cabachons
Jewellery pliers
Strong glue
Firstly you will want to drill a small hole into your plectrums. A 2 or 3mm drill bit is ideal. Position your holes wherever you want to attach the earring hook to. I did a few with holes at the wider end and a few at the narrower, pointier end. I also had some metal plectrums that had holes already in them so I skipped this step for those ones.
Position your gems on top of your plectrums and glue in place. Once the glue has dried you can assemble your earrings. I used a silver paillette on the back of each of these earrings just to add another colour and texture.
The next pair I made was using metal plectrums. They had 3 holes along the top but when I fixed the gem onto the front, the middle hole got covered up so I used chain on the two end holes to connect them to the earring hook.
I went on to make another pair that had 2 plectrums on each earring, both hanging the opposite way to create a layered look. I use a diamond shaped gem this time.

To make a necklace just follow the same principle. Use a jump ring to connect the Plectrum to the necklace chain.
That's all there is to it. Have fun creating your own jewellery with different plectrums and gems, there are so many possibilities.

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