Clay Nintendo Button DIY Earrings

Every once in a while I come up with a craft that gives everyone a little peek at how secretly geeky I am. This is definitely one of those crafts. I grew up playing Nintendo 64 with my siblings, and I thought it would be really neat to make some DIY earrings using the buttons.

Clay Nintendo Button DIY Earrings

I didn’t realize until after taking the controller apart that the buttons are actually really tall and not good for making jewelry.  I decided, instead, to use the buttons to make molds.  I then used those molds to make “buttons” out of polymer clay.  Now I can make as many as I want!  Earrings for everyone!  You can use this method of making molds of lots of different things, so even if you’re not a closet video game nerd, you’ll want to check it out.

Clay Nintendo Button DIY Earrings

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Supplies needed:

Grab a screw driver and take apart your old controller.

inside of nintendo 64 controller

This button is short because I cut it to try and make earrings out of the original buttons.  Yours will be taller.  Soften some white clay in your hands and roll it out to about 1/2 inch thick.

make clay mold

Press the button into the clay and pull it straight out.  You want your mold to be as perfect as possible, so try again if you mess up.

make clay mold

Place the molds on a foil covered baking sheet and bake according to package instructions.  The other mold is a “start” button.  I’ll show you what I made with that another day. 🙂

make clay mold

Let the molds cool.  Take a small amount of colored clay and roll it into a ball.  Dust the outside of the ball and the mold with cornstarch.  This will help prevent sticking and fingerprints.  Press the ball of clay into the mold and smooth it flat.  Very gently pull it out of the mold and place it on foil.  I’m not going to lie, this took a few tries, but I got better at it each time.

make clay mold

Make a bunch of them so you can choose the better-looking ones for your final project.  None of them are perfect, but they look pretty good.  Bake the clay according to package instructions.

Clay Nintendo Button DIY Earrings

To give the clay a plastic look, I brushed on a coat of gloss glaze made for polymer clay.  It made such a big difference!

Clay Nintendo Button DIY Earrings

Let the glaze dry completely, and then use a strong glue to attach the “buttons” to the earrings.

Clay Nintendo Button DIY Earrings

 

Clay Nintendo Button DIY Earrings

Let the glue dry, and your DIY earrings are ready to wear!  Audrey thinks they are so cool.  We’ll see if anyone else can tell what they are.

Clay Nintendo Button DIY Earrings

What do you think of these fun DIY earrings?  Any other Nintendo lovers out there?

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