My problems with jewelry are as follows:
- I do not remember to put it on in the morning.
- It is very expensive (for something that I do not remember to put on in the morning.)
That’s basically it, but in my quest to not produce waste and not fund scary sweatshops overseas, it has been incredibly hard to find affordable jewelry that I would actually wear. Since jewelry doesn’t wear out, but also goes in and out of fashion very fast, most of what I’ve found at thrift stores has been either overpriced or completely fucking hideous.
So I went back to one of the lessons I have learned in the past few years of trying to live more consciously: YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT TO. Yeah, you may be garbage and unartistic and clumsy and gross (me!), but most things are not as difficult as you think you are and require very few overall skills.
Yes, it may not be great at first, and will probably never be as good as what you’re used to, but hey, in the words of Yogi Bear, even you can learn how to make your own jewelry.
Turns out, if you have some needle nose pliers and a few spare hours for trial and error, you can make basically as many rings as you want for like $5.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Needle nose pliers – nothing fancy, the ones you already have will be fine
Clear nail polish
Step one: Go to the hardware store or your mom’s garage (like I did.) You want to buy wire that is easy to bend and holds its shape, but beyond that it’s really up to you. The wire my mom had lying around was coated so I had to remove that shit before I started, but the coating ended up being good for joining the ends of the wire once I was finished with the rings.
Step two: Cut the wire way longer than you think you need. Do not measure your fingers, you can always make it shorter, but you’re going to have to start over if you realize you’re out of wire halfway through your ring.
Step three: start bending the wire like ⅓ of the way through your piece so you can plenty of space to play and still have room leftover for the band. These rings will be open at the base of the finger so they never get stuck and so you don’t have to worry about joining the ends in a cute way.
Step four: Once you have a cool shape for the top of the ring, put it on your desired finger to measure. Cut the wire down to size, and if it’s comfortable enough to just leave like that, you’re done!
Step five: If your ends are sharp, curl them back a little bit with the pliers, or take some of the wire casing and shove both ends into it. This part will be hidden and who really gives a fuck? I also lit a candle and dipped the ends into the wax and let it dry to smooth everything out.
Optional step six: So, metal tarnishes. Cool. Coat your rings with a clear coat of nail polish if you’re worried about it with the wire you chose. Now you are done. And you can make five more to keep practicing, and I’m sure something will look ok enough for you to wear out in public. If not, who cares, you only spent $5.
Why this is a good idea:
- So freaking cheap omg
- The hard labor was done by you, not anyone who was potentially underpaid or overworked.
- You learned a new skill!
- You only wasted the wire and its packaging and shipping, which was going to be wasted by the place that made your cheap jewelry anyway, but you saved all of the waste that comes with making jewelry on a larger scale.