Bamboo bling

What do you do when you simply have no earrings to wear and no supplies to make new ones?* Head out into the garden and do some pruning in the bamboo grove, of course.

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To be honest, I didn’t just go out and grab this black bamboo, I cut it from our backyard and chopped it up into short lengths a few years ago (!!) so it’s had plenty of time to dry out. I rediscovered these bits sitting around in the garage recently and sanded the ends down ready for use.

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They would have looked a bit boring in plain black so I painted them yellow at each end – if you want to do something similar with plain tubular beads I recommend using skewers like these as it makes it easier to paint them.

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I just used normal acrylic paint so it didn’t take long to dry (I rested the skewers between thick books placed over newspaper).

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And then the even more fun bit… assembling the earrings using odds and ends from my stash (clip-on earrings, long eye pins, tassels and jump rings). It’s easy to add dangly bits to clip-ons if you put a jump ring over the base of the clip.

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Easy!

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And there you have it – pruning pays off sometimes!

*You all know I’m joking on both counts, seeing as I have something like 100 pairs of earrings and enough stash for about a century of DIY projects… agghhh….

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