Power couples are cool and everything, but if you ask me, nothing tops a POWER FRIENDSHIP. What’s more beautiful than two talented people hanging out and supporting each other’s brilliance?
Celebrating a power friendship requires something special, like a pair of extra faces that you can wear on your head!
So today, I’ll teach you how to make a pair of earrings to commemorate your favorite BFF duo, whether that’s a pair of celebrities, fictional characters, or you and your own best friend. The same technique can be used to make rings and pins, too!
What you’ll need:
- Printable shrink film. You can find it at craft/art-supply stores or here.
- A baking sheet.
- Aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- Super glue.
- Earring posts. You can find these at craft stores or here.
- A paper plate/magazine/anything that will protect your work table from errant drops of glue.
- Photo editing software. Photoshop, Preview, and Microsoft Paint all work for this.
- An inkjet printer.
- An oven.
How to do it:
Find and save a picture of each member of the best-friend duo. Straight-on pictures of their heads work best. Open your pictures in your photo editing software and crop them so that just the heads are left.
Resize the images. Because you’re going to be printing these on SHRINK film, make them about twice as big as you want your earrings to be. (I made my images about half an inch long by half an inch wide and set the resolution to 300.)
Copy and paste your images into a text document. If you plan on making multiple pairs of earrings, try to fit as many heads as you can onto each page, so you can make the most out of your shrink paper.
(Side note: Why wasn’t I invited to this party?!)
Adjust the color intensity to just above minimum—the colors will intensify as the paper shrinks; this adjustment will keep them from getting too dark.
Insert the shrink paper into your inkjet printer according to the instructions on the package, then print out your pictures. Let each sheet dry for a few minutes before you touch it. Then cut out each head.
Preheat your oven to 325º F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Before baking your heads, test out a scrap piece of shrink film to see how long it takes for your oven to shrink the film. You’ll know it’s done when the film is about half its original size and completely flat. It only took mine about a minute, so keep a close eye on it! Once you’ve done your test, place your heads on the covered sheet, evenly spaced, and bake. They should look like this when they’re done:
Let them cool for a few minutes before handling.
Over a paper plate or other table covering, carefully superglue the earring backs to the head pieces.
To avoid getting superglue on your hands, place a dot on the head first, then press the earring-back down onto it.
Let those babies dry for an hour and they’re ready to go! When you’re wearing best friends on your ears, three heads are definitely better than one. ♦