It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Comic Book Earrings! (With Video)

I have been waiting for over a year to complete this project. I was originally inspired to do this craft after I rescued a classic Superman comic book page from one of my classes. We were creating collages one day, and this was a page up for grabs to use as crafting material. I’m not a Superman fan, but I loved that it was such an old page, and I loved it’s vivint graphics and sharp colors. So I tucked it away in a folder and took it home. Since then, it’s been sitting in my craft bin for over a year, just waiting for me. Now that I have some free time to do more crafts, I can finally complete a project I have been wanting to do for so long. And now I have the chance to share it with you guys! Check out the video tutorial, then proceed to the written one below for detailed instructions!

Materials Needed: 

A comic book page

1 package of round wooden disks (you’ll need two large disks for the earrings)

Mod Podge

Acrylic paint

Glue Stick

Krylon Triple Thick Clear Glaze

Non-Power Hand Drill (available at Michaels)

1 Package of Jump Rings

1 Package of Earring Hooks

Toothpicks

Piece of cardboard

X-Acto Knife (preferred) or Scissors

2 Needlenose or Chain Nose Pliers

Step 1 

 Trace out a circle with a large wooden disk from the pack of wooden rounds onto the area you want to use for the earring. Be mindful that when you use the wooden disk, you will have to trim the excess paper off so that the paper disk fits nicely onto the wooden disk.

Step 2 

 Using an X-Acto knife or scissors, cut out your traced shape.

Step 3 

 Glue down the paper disk onto the wooden disk using a glue stick. Apply firm pressure to make sure there is a secure fit.

Step 4 

 Using a non-powered hand drill, add holes to the top of the disk, and out of the way of the design. Allow some space in between the edge of the disk and where you will place the hole. If you place the hole too close to the edge, you may break through and have an opening in the hole.

Step 5

 Paint the back of the wooden disk. I used an antiqued gold paint from a previous craft. This step can be done first before you glue on the paper disk, but this was a decision I made later on in the process.

Step 6

 Apply a layer of Mod Podge onto the disk, making sure to seal everything together. This will prove to be a very helpful step when you’re spraying on the Clear Glaze.

Speaking of…

Step 7 

 Spray on the Krylon Triple Thick Clear Glaze. Before you spray, cut holes into a piece of cardboard, evenly spaced to allow room for the disks. Taking toothpicks, place them in the holes, otherwise you’ll glaze over them. This wouldn’t be good. Stick the end of the toothpick into the cardboard with whichever side of the disk you want to spray first.

Like so.
Like so.

The toothpick will help hold the disks up so that you can spray evenly and keep your hand glaze free. Following the directions on the Krylon can, add as many layers as you desire to the front and back of the disk. I added four on the front, and three on the back. wait 24 hours before handling it on the next step.

WARNING: Do not spray directly downwards. Hold the cardboard vertically and at eye level. If you spray straight down, the glaze will wind up bubbly, and it will look awful.

Step 8 

 Once the Clear Glaze has cured, add two jump rings (one through the hole, and another through the first ring), then the earring hook using needlenose/chain nose pliers. Close the jump ring. Pro tip: when opening a jump ring, twist it so that it opens sideways, rather than pulling the edges apart.

Voila! Your earrings are ready to wear!

 You can do this craft to feature any one of your favorite superheroes. Or you can use any design you like; it doesn’t have to be a comic book. Represent your favorite fandom in this way! Make a completely unique piece of jewelry to add to your collection. And, of course, have fun crafting nerdily!

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