I had a few sharp eye readers notice my vintage earring to ring DIY that I occasionally wear on my lookbooks and ask for a tutorial. It’s really quite easy and not much skill is needed except the ability to use pliers and glue! 🙂 When I go vintage shopping, I often find pretty brooches or earrings and I think “that would look fabulous as a ring!” which is basically how I came up with the DIY. I stumble upon a lot of vintage clip on earrings that I love but wouldn’t wear as earrings so this is a terrific way to make good use out of them.
- I used 2 different glues because the Gem Tac glue is a lot less stronger and glueing the felt to the earring doesn’t require a super strong glue, whereas the ring base is really light and can fly off really easily so I used a much stronger adhesive to glue the ring base on.
- I searched high and low at all the craft stores around here for ring bases and came up with nothing so you may have better luck at the stores near you. If not, I went on ebay to get mine. I don’t remember the seller I bought them from, but these are the same bases. ($8 for 100 bases so not expensive at all.) I like that they are adjustable so I can wear them on any finger.
- The pliers I used are a jewelry pliers that also cut wire and other metals. Really effective when you have earring bases with posts or a pendant where you want to clip off the loop where the necklace goes. For the clip on earrings you can use regular pliers too.
- If the earring back (or whatever you are using) is smooth, you can probably skip the felt part. That’s just so you have a smooth surface to glue the ring base on.
Have fun with it and even just look through your own jewelry box for things that you stopped wearing long ago and see if you can upcycle them into a pretty cocktail ring for your finger! Just a caveat that this is not the most effective way to make into rings as the glue can become loose and it can fall off so I do recommend using very strong glue when making these and also jewelry pieces that aren’t too pricey/meaningful in case something does happen to them. I’ve had to re-glue a few that have come loose after a long day of wearing them and accidentally smacking them into things but really, a dab of glue is not so hard to do so it’s worth it to me!