Hola! My name is Vanina and I am from Argentina. I am a stay-at-home mother of a beautiful girl, Paloma. I live in a funky home in Oakland, CA, with my husband Michael, my dog Juancho and Bob The Super Cat.
I make stuff with my hands that make me and other people happy, reusing and salvaging things as much as I can to make good for the planet. I believe that you can boost your happiness through creativity!
I created Mother Crafter to share fun tutorials, stimulus, and information(in English and Spanish) about living a design-conscious life on a low budget. And to keep me sane while staying at home. Ha!
I hope you will find creative ways to enhance your lifestyle in this blog and feel inspired by it.
Fourteen days to Valentine's Day. Whaaaaat?! I started my annual DIY Valentine series with these leather heart earrings I made with scraps of leather and Gilder's Paste my craft fairy sent me (that would be my aunt Melissa). I confess I haven't heard of Gilders Paste before she introduced it to me, but I found it very interesting! I definitely want to experiment more with it in the future. These earrings are pretty easy to make and they will be the perfect companion to a leather jacket, or a rocker outfit . You will need:
- A leather scrap.
- Gilders Paste.
- A punch or leather needle.
- Chain, jump rings and earring hooks.
- Jewelry tools
Cut four hearts out of the leather. Apply Gilders Paste to them. Do not use a lot, just a tab in your finger will go a long way. If you want a distressed look you can rub the paste with different intensity in different places. Let it dry. Note that the instructions says you can polish it for a shinier look, but I didn't.
Make a hole with the punch or the needle. I made holes in the center for two of the hearts and for the other two I did it in the right corner side. Now cut your chain to the length you want (mine are 3 inches and 1 ½ inches, two of each). Connect the hearts to the end of the chains with jump rings. Lastly, connect them to the hooks.
You are done! I think they came up pretty cool! They have a tough chick look.
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