These earrings give the illusion of gauged lobes with a double-sided spike stuck through. I threw a pair together on a whim a few weekends ago. All the pieces happened to be out on the coffee table (an advantage to my cluttered existence) and inspiration struck. I was surprised, then, when I instantly began receiving compliments and requests to make more. They are so deceptively simple!
What you’ll need:
- 4 screw back spikes (minus the screws)
- 2 earring posts and backs (like those pictured above – not the butterfly backs)
- 5-minute epoxy (Note: We actually used regular epoxy and, after waiting hopelessly for it to begin to dry, cheated with a spot of super glue to keep things in place while it set.)
- toothpick, plastic fork or other disposable mixing/gluing utensil
- newspaper or cardboard to cover your work surface
What to do:
First, test your earring backs for size. They should just fit inside the spikes with a thin ledge along the outside. Minor variations from one back to the next can make the fit too loose or too tight. Find backs that fit snugly and completely within the spike.
Cover your work surface with newspaper or cardboard. Mix equal parts of your epoxy components according to the instructions on the package.
Using your toothpick or plastic fork, put a little epoxy along the sides of the earring backs, being careful not to touch the ends. Press the spikes over the earring backs and hold them firmly in place for a minute.
Dip the flat base of the earring posts in epoxy and press them to the remaining spikes. Hold them in place for a minute or two, until they will stay put without sliding.
Allow epoxy to set completely (usually 24 hours) before wearing.