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Bella Tierra Jewelry

Neon Green Tree Branch Earrings

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.

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)

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