I just finished an earring tutorial on my other site GeekyKool.com. I decided it would be fun to post it here as well. FYI- I am doing an giveaway on Geeky Kool for a pair of Stormtrooper earrings, so when you are done here head on over for a chance to win! (Enter here)
I love finding a good deal, especially when it can be used for a geeky craft project. I saw these tiny little plastic Star Wars characters at a friends desk a few months back and instantly thought “craft project”! Star Wars Fighter pods are these tiny one inch figures that come in mystery bags with a clear pod. You get two figures and a pod for $3.99. They are a spinning game where you place the figure either inside or outside the pod and use it to knock over your opponents fighters. See video commercial here and here.
Instead of paying $3.99, I went to my favorite markdown store called Tuesday Morning. They have these little dudes for 99 cents a pack! Major score! The Mister and I went a bit crazy in the car opening all the bags to see which figures we got. He was super excited about Boba Fett and Chewie. I was excited that they all weren’t the same thing! I ended up buying 20 packs.. don’t judge me. It was a really good deal. I even got a Han Solo in carbonite!
What you need:
- Star Wars fighter pod figures– Depending on where you find them (Wal-Mart, Toy R Us, Walgreens, or discount) they are 99 cent to $3.99 a pack. Or if you are lucky and have kids, steal their duplicate figures!
- Testors Cement for Plastic Models– Wal-Mart or craft stores like Michaels will carry it. ($3-6) Make sure you get the package with the precision tips. Superglue also works well and is cheaper.
- Earring wires– Wal-Mart or craft stores have these in multi packs. ($2) Or take apart an old pair of earrings that you hate and use those wires.
- Eye Pins– Wal- Mart or craft stores (around $2)
- Needle Nose pliers and a needle
Total cost– It depends on what you have on hand. ($5-10)
Difficulty level- *** (the use of a needle and the sealer means adult supervision needed)
**Click on the photos to see more detail**
Step 1– Choose your figures. I decided to go with Boba Fett since he is everyone’s favorite bounty hunter! Next, trim your eye pins to a half an inch. You can use the needle to start a hole in the top of the figure. Trust me these things are tough and I bent a few eye pins trying to force them through by hand.
Step two- Coat your eye pins in glue. This help keep it in the figure. You could skip this step because I found that the plastic grips the pin really tight even without glue. It would take some major pulling to yank them off. I just like to be extra sure that Boba doesn’t ignite his jet pack and take off!
Step 3- Use the pliers to shove the pin into the hole that you started. Don’t worry about the glue that builds up at the top. It dries clear and you can barely see it. Let it dry a bit and meditate on the coolness of the Fett!
Step 4- Add your earring wires. Open the wires and slip on your figure. Use the wires to clamp down the loop. That’s it! You are finished. These are really really cool. They are also light weight so you won’t be dragging the earlobes down.
Here is another pair that I made using a Chewie and a Han in Carbonite. Who says that earrings have to match?
Remember the awesome lightsaber earrings I did on Geeky Kool a few months back? Use one of your lightsabers and add a figure for a really cool necklace! I went Sith and made a Darth Vader necklace with a red lightsaber. I used a shot bead chain and some jump rings to extend my charms. I plan on wearing this on days that I have to send out overdue slips in the library. “I find your lack of book returns disturbing.”
Want a pair of earrings for you, your favorite Princess, or as a gift to that special girl on Tatooine? I am giving away a pair of Stormtrooper earrings. They are holding blasters, but don’t worry they can’t seem to hit the broad side of a Rebel fighter! Head on over to Geeky Kool for your chance to win!