No-Tools-Needed, Nuts and Bolts Earrings

by on November 17th, 2010
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Earrings haven’t changed all that much over the years. Although people who design earrings have come up with various shapes, different sizes, assorted colors and materials, they still haven’t changed in the respect that they’re either wires or posts. In days gone by, women wore clip-on earrings, but few women wear them anymore. Those who love earrings are always searching for new versions: larger hoops, hoops of different colors, and hoops dangling from other hoops. Let’s get crazy and do something much different with earrings. Wearing jeans and a flannel shirt today? Working out in the garden? When you’re very casual – or even on a particular holiday – there are some extremely unusual earrings you can quickly make. Actually, “make” is not the proper term. Since all you do is pick up the materials, and put them on your ears, you don’t actually have to make anything.

Look around at your local hardware store and you’ll see bin after bin of small, metallic hardware. Some are screws, others are nuts, some are flat washers. Every tiny, metal piece you see could mean a new earring. When you choose metal hardware earrings, all the work is done for you, and all you have to do is put them on.

Craft stores, discount department stores, and even home improvement places, all offer small, button-type magnets. The little round magnets make it quick and easy to turn any of those hardware pieces into unusual earrings. All you have to do is make sure you choose a magnet that will hold the particular hardware piece you’ve chosen. Of course, you don’t want to select especially heavy hardware pieces; a magnet the size of a pencil eraser should hold nearly any hardware piece to your ear. However, with really tiny hardware, you could use a magnet as small as a grape seed. These magnets are perfect for holding hardware pieces around the curved part of your ear.

To wear the metal hardware, just hold the piece up to your ear, and place the magnet on the back of your ear. It takes only seconds to do; these are as quick to put on as a pair of clip-on earrings.

Although many hardware pieces can be worn as jewelry for everyday fashion – for men or women – they can take on a whole new meaning when it comes to Halloween. A person can dull the points of needles and pins, and wear them as earrings, placing them so that they hang vertically.

The hardware earrings are so unusual that people will definitely look once, then again. They’ll be stunned to see the nuts, bolts, or metal washer earrings and you’d better believe they’ll comment on them. It’s a cheap way to get lots of attention!


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