Until I could get around to ordering more colors of acrylic, I was trying to figure out what to make with the clear sheet that came in my initial batch of materials. Decided to try some dragonfly wing earrings.
These took awhile – about 45 minutes for what amounted to two pairs of earrings over six wings (two sets of two that are joined, and two sets that are separate.) The engraving of the fine veins took most of the time, but I’m really pleased with the outcome.
The ones that are “pre-joined” are the easiest to turn into earrings, since there’s just one hole in each, so I worked those up first. I also left them clear, as pictured, although I may go back and color them.
I haven’t strung up the other set yet, as I need to hit Michael’s for some more findings. They’ll need to be jump-ringed in a Y formation, which is going to be tricky. For these, I turned them engraved-side up and daub-brushed some acrylic paint across the surface, then used the brush bristles to work it into the engraved portions before wiping the surface clean with a cloth. I might go back and brush some sealer across it just to be safe, but once they’re dried they should be pretty color-fast.
Getting the masking off was the hardest part of these! The etching had rendered into about eight billion tiny, tiny pieces. I coated the entire thing in baby oil, let it sit for a few minutes, then just scratched it off with a fingernail with no damage to the acrylic.
Disgusting, but it worked!