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If you feel like you have read every book there is to read, watched every movie there is to watch or if you feel like you know every mall in a 50 mile radius by heart, then, my friend, you need a new hobby. When you choose a hobby, you have a multitude of options, from stamp collection to building rockets and from learning foreign languages to cooking in a style that would even make Jamie Oliver bow his head.

So, if nothing else “tickles your fancy”, if you keep messing up at pottery or your cat goes Godzilla on your matchstick city, you could try learning how to do paper mache earrings.

Making paper mache jewelry is a fun way to spend your time, and the results are unique and really easy to be obtained. You can make custom items that define you as a person or your philosophy in life, or you can ask your friends what shape of jewelry they would like to wear and surprise them on birthdays, Christmas and other occasions. In addition, if you learn how to do paper mache earrings, you will find new uses for the small or vast amounts of paper you have lying around your home.

If you want to start making paper mache earrings, you need some uncoated paper, a pot, some glue, a small puncturing instrument (such as a screwdriver or some other type of small drill), some scissors, a blender, some coloring (depending on your desired results you can use oil paint, markers, nail polish, makeup, whatever), some translucent coating (usually clear nail polish or some lacquer) and something to scrape, preferably a nail file or, even better, some sand paper, which you can find at your local crafts or hardware store. The sand paper needs to be with fine grains, so as not to damage the surface of the jewelry.

Once you have obtained the materials, you need to follow some simple steps. First take the piece of paper and tear it into small bits, then put the paper in very hot water and leave it there for a long period of time, preferably 8 or so hours, or over night. Then, take the pieces out of the water and squeeze them to remove the excess water, after which you put the paper and some glue in a blender and stir it up for some 3 minutes.

After that, take the pieces of paper from the mixture and mold them into little balls, then put them on a platter and pop them in the microwave for about 3 minutes. After you complete the “nuking”, place the balls somewhere where they can cool down, and repeat this action until they are completely dry to the touch. Remember to keep an eye on them while they are in the microwave, as paper tends to catch fire. After this, you should leave the balls for about a day, roughly 24 hours, to make sure they are completely dry, then you make a small hole through the middle. Use the sand paper to smooth out any edges, color the balls to your liking, leave them to dry and then apply the protective lacquer coating. After the coating dries, you can pass some thread or ribbons through the pieces of jewelry and enjoy the results.11

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