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madmfg
08-12-2010, 11:47 PM
So I went to Saudi Arabia and the shopping bags there were all plastic--but of beautiful greens and blues and reds. And when I saw these beautiful bags lying in the trash (or worse--not in the trash), it made me think of what beautiful stuff I could make if I fused the plastic bags together. So here's how I made these earrings. (more pictures here (http://www.etsy.com/listing/53248308/eco-friendly-neon-green-tree-branch))

Materials:

2 plastic bags (one green and one black)
earring thingies (you know what I mean)
2 pieces of parchment paper, wax paper, or newspaper
an iron
scissors
2 small pieces of sea-glass
hot glue gun (and the glue to go with it)


*NOTE* Make sure you iron in a well-ventilated room.

1)Take the first plastic bag and cut off the handles and bottom. Turn it inside out and fold into fourths.
2) Place between the 2 pieces of paper and turn the iron to a low setting. If it's too hot you'll burn a hole through the plastic
3)iron for about 30 seconds on either side of the plastic bag sandwich. You'll know you're done when the plastic has become one fused sheet.
4)repeat with other bag
5) cut the black fused sheet into 2 1" squares (I rotated them a bit and used them as diamonds), cut part of the green one into little strips
6)arrange the green strips into the shape of a tree branch on the black diamonds, place between paper and iron until finished
7)fuse little green rectangle to top as holder for earring thingy
8)hot-glue the pieces of sea glass to the backs of the earrings (they provide weight so the earrings dangle properly-a flat bead would work, too)

If you'd like to buy these earrings or any of my other works, please visit my etsy shop here (http://www.etsy.com/shop/bellatierra), and if you'd like more jewelry tutorials, please visit my blog here (http://bellatierradesigns.wordpress.com/).
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So what do you guys think of the earrings? Any improvements you'd suggest? I'm looking for a better way to add weight as opposed to hot gluing sea-glass. How was the tutorial? Too dry? Did I cover everything? Please give feedback, it's really important to me. Thanks!

downrightart
08-13-2010, 06:39 AM
How cool! Thanks for sharing that with us Mad! :thumbup1:

Rasha
08-13-2010, 10:35 AM
Those are so cool I just had to share the link to this post on the Craft Forum Facebook Fan Page! (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Craft-Forum/253092033815?ref=ts) Also on Twitter @Craft_Forum (http://twitter.com/Craft_Forum)! :thumbup:

madmfg
08-13-2010, 10:40 PM
woah. thanks Rasha! maybe people will check out my blog and my etsy shop...