DIY Sparkling Druzy Jewelry

by Alicia on October 25, 2011

Here’s another 15 minute DIY project that I’ve been thinking about for about 15 months! I’ve seen few pieces of druzy jewelry on blogs and it always catches my eye. Recently it was this ring on Design for Mankind and these earrings on another blog.

I did give this project a run a while back during my polymer clay-period but they just didn’t come out quite as polished looking as I wanted. But a few weeks ago I was shopping for Christmas ornament supplies (I know!) and picked up these silver hoop beads to use as angel halos. This morning I realized that they would make the perfect outside ring for the ring and earrings I had in mind.

Start by gluing the hoop bead (mine came in a pack of 15 from Hobby Lobby) to a round metal disk. I used stamping blanks, but you could also cut a circle from sheet metal or even plastic. Be sure to use glue that is intended for metal – I like Aleene’s Glass and Bead glue. (My tube burst apart during the making of this project, but I’ve had it for years so I’m assuming that’s the reason. Even though I use it regularly it lasts forever.)

Then mix up some glitter and glue. I used Mod Podge but Elmer’s would work too. (Or resin, if you are feeling ambitious.) I’d recommend choosing a fine glitter rather than the chunky kind you see in these pictures. I used blue Martha Stewart glitter when I made the earrings and I really love how they came out.

Scoop the mixture into your bead.

Add additional glitter on top and press lightly to set. Let it dry for a few hours and then attach to a ring blank or earring posts using more glass + bead glue.

Wouldn’t these make a great gift? My husband said they could be cuff links too, as long as your guy doesn’t mind a little glitter :)

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Erin- Thanks I Made It October 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm

alicia, these are beautiful and so clever! i can’t wait to try myself!

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Alicia October 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Thanks Erin!

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Tids October 25, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I love your DIYs! They always make me want to run out and make stuff! xx

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alicia October 26, 2011 at 9:26 am

That’s the best compliment I could get :)

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ChristinaChild October 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm

AHHHH great DIY. Why haven’t I thought of this before?! I just did pretty much the same thing to my fingernails. You could also stack washers to create the ring base if you couldn’t find a hoop bead… maybe? I bought some really great ring bases from Michaels over a year ago that would allow you to skip that whole gluing-the-hoop-bead-to-disc step but, I just tried, and they’re impossible to find online. Possibly discontinued. I’ll take a photo and send it your way. Anyway, please feel free to check out my jewelry making blog!

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alicia October 26, 2011 at 9:16 am

Yeah, I’d love to see your photo! Are you talking about the ring bases made for resin, so there is like a little frame on top? I’ve seen those before.

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ChristinaChild www.makeitmakeit.blogspot.com October 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm
Alicia October 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Yeah, those are what I think of as used for resin. They would certainly work, thought they wouldn’t have the thick metal border around the glitter art.

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Divya N October 26, 2011 at 12:51 am

These are really nice…recently I tried a blue glitter pendant with ice resin and it came out great…resin gives the top a smooth polished finished (like its a real stone) and the glitter will never fall out :)

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alicia October 26, 2011 at 9:24 am

Sounds gorgeous!

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Melinda October 26, 2011 at 2:36 am

Your DIY turned out great. But will the ring blank really stay connected to the glitter bead? I have struggled with this on other projects – good ring blanks (with a true attachable section) seem hard to find.

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alicia October 26, 2011 at 9:24 am

Thanks Melinda. I think it really depends on what kind of glue you use. I swear by the Aleene’s Platinum Bond but I’ll update this post if anything falls apart. I wore them out last night and so far so good!
As for ring blanks, have you checked Fire Mountain- http://www.firemountaingems.com? They are my go-to for all things jewelry and findings.

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Robin October 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

What a perfect idea! I bought a Drusy stone and while making a necklace with it, the entire thing crumbled into pieces. Drusy is a really expensive stone and was really bummed. Now I have a great alternative to make! Thank you!

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Alicia October 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Oh no, that’s so sad :( Hope this works better for you!

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grace - stripes & sequins November 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

I love these!! What a great idea.

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Alicia November 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Thanks Grace!

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Sharde November 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Ooh! Super excited to do this!

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Mod Podge Amy November 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm

These are so beautiful! I love this tutorial – so awesome.

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Alicia November 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Thanks Amy!

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Kristi Jorgenson November 30, 2011 at 7:04 am

Omgosh! I love this idea! I just found your blog, and I’m so glad I did! I can’t wait to try this! :)

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mallie November 30, 2011 at 8:38 am

love it, a! and the cuff-links idea… the hubs is brilliant!

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Nakia December 5, 2011 at 10:44 am

These are beautiful! I’ll have to try and make some!

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alicia December 5, 2011 at 11:24 am

Thanks Nakia!

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jennifer December 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I love these! Can you tell me what the name on the package of silver hoops and what size blanks you used? I cant find them anywhere.

Thanks so much!

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alicia December 16, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Hi Jennifer – Unfortunately I don’t have the package anymore. The silver rings were from Hobby Lobby in the metal beads section. They came in the kind of package that is a plastic bag attached to a card, not the kind that is on a string. I think there were about 20 in the package. The blanks I used were these: http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?pn=H201708FY&WT.fmg_linksection=57XATMQBTK48&WT.mc_id=ORDRCONF
Hope that helps!

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Lori February 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I love this DIY. I tried it, though, and it didn’t turn out as pretty as yours. I think I used too much Mod Podge. Mine looks more glittery than “gem-ey.”

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Alicia February 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Try it again, and try different types of glitter. Like I said, the extra fine Martha Stewart glitter gave me the look I liked best.

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tracy hruska May 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Would love to know the size of the roundmetal base and the hoop ring. Love this project

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Alicia May 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Hi Tracy! I just measured and the flat metal piece and the ring are both just a touch over 1/2″ in diameter. The ring itself is about 1/16″ thick. Hope that helps! Thanks :)
Alicia

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Wonder Ladee (@wonderladee) July 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Very unique and charming!

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