You might or might not remember that I promised a little knock- off the other day. It'll cost you pretty much next to nothing, and I'm pretty sure you will laugh all the way to the bank because yours truly is about to save you a whopping £118! (don't ask how much that is in $, but it'll be a lot of dough.)
How do you feel about these babies:
Minoan earrings that, according to Anthro, give you some sort of divine powers. And they'll give THEM aforementioned £118. For a bit of brass. You WHAT? I don't think so, people.
Ready to kick some Minotaur butt, guys? Go and pour yourself a pint.
Then grab the empty can, carefully cut it open and do this with a sharpie:
Just estimate the length, it totally depends on what size you want your shinies to be.
CAREFULLY cut out your shapes, the metal is really sharp. Keep away kids, cats and clumsy significant others! You'll get this:
Sand down the edges. Please don't skip this step, unless you feel the urge to decapitate yourself with your new earrings!
Now, bend the metal strips into shape. I tried to make mine resemble the original, but again, it's totally up to you!
Now... I am lucky enough to have a crazy talented Man in the house who used to paint wargaming miniatures. He does not paint anymore, but all the equipment is still there. You might want to enlarge the following two photos (click on them!), just to treat yourself to the full range of, well, INTERESTING shades available to yours truly.
Snot green is my all time favourite, but I went with Mithril Silver, followed by a coat of clear varnish. I'm pretty sure you could use spray paint or even nailpolish instead!
Oops- I forgot to mention- before I started slapping on the paint, each shiny got a little hole at the flat end.
Anyway, it won't do any harm if the brushstrokes are visible- the original Anthro version seems to be brushed brass, so no smooth surface there.
Now, let everything dry out nicely and gather two beads of your choice, two headpins and two earhooks.
Take a final picture:
... and sit back to imagine what you could do with the £118 you just saved.
Notes: I made a couple of mistakes. I applied one thick coat of paint rather than to thin coats, so little "blobs" of paint accumulated at the edges, and at some points, the green permanent marker still shows through.
I also did not make the little holes smack- bang in the middle.
But since this is so ridiculously easy, I'll just have another go and experiment a little!
I hope you are a bit inspired. Now, go spend £118 on something that's REALLY worth it!