Tutorial: Steampunk Vial Earrings
I don't know about you, but I never wear a watch anymore. With all the portable electronic devices we have today, I never need to ask what time it is. As a result, I have a collection of old, inexpensive watches that never get used. I decided to take some of them apart to use the pieces to create something new. I used empty vial charms to create steampunk-inspired "time in a bottle" earrings.
- Vial charms, $2.37 for pair
- Watch, on hand or $1 and up
- Dimensional Magic, on hand or about $3
Total: $2.37 and up
Step one: Open the watch face and take it apart to remove the hands, gears, and other small pieces.
Step two: Open the vial. Apply Dimensional Magic to a watch part, and use tweezers to place the part in the vial glass. The lighter pieces adhered quickly, while the larger ones needed some time to set. Repeat as desired.
Step three: Reassemble the vial. Twist the end of the wire that comes with the vial to make a loop. You can hang a charm from it, or use it to add a jump ring or attach it to a chain. I added earring pieces to make a pair of earrings.
It would be fun to paint the watch pieces before adding them to the vial, for a unique monochromatic look. You could also add a charm to the end and turn the vials into steampunk-ish pendants. Have fun crafting and creating!
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