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Repurpose: Negative earrings...


Since I am a little sentimental (!), I've kept things like old (love) letters and negatives. There's some rationalizing I could do about the former. But negatives? Am I really going to print those pics again?  While I do like that I'm old enough to actually have negatives lying around, I'm definitely very much in love with my digital camera! Perhaps I appreciate it more because I do remember the way things used to be? Because I once spent time/energy/money developing pictures in a darkroom so I have some perspective on that artistic process and appreciate it. But I also know what it's like to waste a lot of money getting film developed, only to be very disappointed with the pictures. Soooo, I was staring at a pile of negatives last week, wondering what I could do with them.  Did a little searching around the intergoogle... and here's the result!  (tutorial after the jump). 


Instructions:
1. You need very little to make these. Cut the edges off the negatives then decide how long your drop is going to be (I made mine quite big for the sake of this tutorial). Cut two long pieces based on your size preference. I chose to include a strip from the middle as well as the punched edges.

2. If you want to work with strips of the actual frame (v. the edges), it's easy to get clean holes with a large safety pin. This stuff is pliable but strong (and not flammable!)

3. Pop the strips onto the opened ring, longest piece first. Then loop the pieces in. Close the ring and you're done.

4. End result: they're really sturdy, make a pretty dramatic statement and weigh nothing. If you want to make a necklace, find a complete tutorial here.


Please note:  I took my inspiration from the beautiful work displayed at this Etsy store and the work pictured below, seen on Petapixel.




This tutorial was featured on Pinworthy Projects (Just Us Four blog)