Dear Auntie Moonbeam
Remember my awesome niece Bailey? She of the pretty purple bedroom?
She had a birthday last week. And while I don’t appreciate the reminder that she’s growing up (whaaa?? teenager??….whaaaa???) I did appreciate the chance to try my hand at a little jewelry project.
I saw something cool on craftgawker a while back (source ) which I thought it would make the perfect gift for my oh-so-creative Bailey.
- Pencil crayons (make sure you get the kind with the square edges)
- Pencil sharpener
- Earring hoops and hooks
- Exacto knife
- Drill (with the 1/8″ drill bit or similar)
- Sandpaper (medium grit)
First lay out your pencils aligned in a row. Hold them down with one hand (this is where the square edges start to come in handy). Then place a ruler on top and lightly score two lines on the pencils. The first line (closer to the tip) is where you’ll drill your hole. The second line is where you’ll cut off the end of the pencil. The spacing is up to you – I wanted the overall length of the pencil to be about 1.25″ and the hole to be approximately .25″ in from the cut end.
Next, drill holes through each pencil. Quick tip – drill slowly, don’t make the mistake of using too much force. The pencil crayons will chip and fray if you apply a ton of pressure. Using a slow drill speed makes for a cleaner hole. Also, bring the drill bit back through the hole while the bit is still rotating slightly to clean out the splinters.
And don’t make the same mistake I made – cutting the pencils before drilling them. Or you’ll find yourself trying to hold a tiny stub of pencil while aiming a sharp drill less than an inch from your fingers….(read: not a good idea)….
Now it’s time for testing. This part is all about how much of a perfectionist you are!
Feed your pencil tips onto the earring hoop and take a look at how they rest together. Not exactly like puzzle pieces are they? Take them off the hoop and sand the sides on an angle until they rest together more closely.
Something to keep in mind – for the centre pencil I picked whichever pencil had sustained the most damage during cutting & drilling. That way most of the chipped edges would be concealed by the two adjacent pencils.
Once you have them resting against each other smoothly you’ll probably notice that the pencils are all different lengths. Sure they were all even when you cut them but once you get them hanging at angles they’re off. Take them off the hoop and sand down the ends. Then lather, rinse, repeat this process until you reach a level of perfection that you can live with!
And that’s it – you’re done! Strut with pride down the street knowing you’ve got elementary school supplies dangling from your ear lobes. And if you’re comfortable with that level of crazy, then my friend – you’re in good company with me!