It all started with a thought that came into my head one day: I’d love some earrings that look like forget-me-nots.

We saw these forget-me-nots while traveling in Nova Scotia a couple of years ago. They were so small, and so perfect.

Isn’t the blue just stunning?

And if I want to have something, I’ve got to make it. (That’s somewhat better than “I’ve got to buy it,” perhaps?)

And they’ve got to be as small as the real forget-me-nots, with the same brilliant blue colour. I thought shrink plastic would be perfect! Because it can make a really small, sturdy piece of plastic and the colour becomes more saturated as it shrinks.

And it did work! They were exactly the colour and size I wanted them to be.

While I was at it, I thought I would also make some cherry blossoms…

… and sweet little buttercups.
(If you haven’t seen ¡Three Amigos!, you must! It’s totally ridiculous and absolutely hilarious. My skin tone doesn’t agree with yellow at all; I only made the buttercups so that I can call them sweet little buttercups XD)

At the end I’m only really happy with the forget-me-nots. And that was the goal of the project so I was content. But there are still several things to fine tune. Next time I’ll have to sand the shrink plastic better, and pay more attention to my colouring with the pencil crayon so the colours are more even and less translucent, because the earring posts were showing through when I glued them on.

Most importantly I’ll have to find a better glue! I used E6000 and everyone raves about it, but it didn’t work at all. I let these cure for almost a week and I can still pry them apart. Actually I used the E6000 on my rose earrings and the roses fell off after a few days as well. The only thing that it worked on was my dahlia ring. So I wonder if it has to do with the size of the contact surfaces, and the earrings are just too small for the glue to work properly. I spent quite some time researching different kinds of jewelry glue on the internet, but they all have conflicting reviews. Super glue seems to work in the short-term (I used it to fix my rose earrings when I was totally frustrated with the E6000), but almost everyone warned against it for jewelry-making. Even two-part epoxy was described by some reviewers as hit-and-miss, because it won’t work if the two gluing components were not equal in quantity.

Plus I read that E6000 is toxic to people and the environment. I knew that when I bought it but at the moment I thought it wouldn’t matter so much if I don’t use it frequently. But the more I thought about it the more I feel that I should at least try and find a less toxic alternative.

So! I need a glue that’s strong, flexible (can withstand stress of twisting and pulling on a regular basis, because that’s how earrings are put on/taken off), permanent, waterproof, and non-toxic. If you have any idea, or a trustworthy glue that you’d recommend, please let me know! I would really appreciate your input.

(Have I ever told you about my love/hate relationship with PowerPoint? Ah, that deserves another blog post of its own.)

Anyway, I thought if I’m really careful I can probably wear the forget-me-nots a couple of times before they fall off the earring posts, and I thought today would be a good day to wear it, because we were going to the botanical gardens! :D


Pictures of our botanical day trip to follow!

Have a lovely evening, everyone!