Blue Moon Ruffle Earrings! That's the design I came up with for my third recycled dryer sheet. Utilizing both used dryer sheets and recycled bottle caps, this is an eco-friendly creation.
I cut four strips from the painted portion of the sheet to use for the earrings -- two for each. They were each about 1/2 inch wide. I used a very fine, metallic aqua, filament thread and sewed a tiny running stitch along the top edge of the strips, joining two strips together with the line of stitches. Next I used a delicate silver metallic thread to make a second line of running stitches just below the first, using those stitches to also secure a row of clear glass, blue-lined beads on both sides. Finally, I added a row of running stitches in a cobalt metallic filament below the other two.
I flattened two "Blue Moon" Beer bottle caps to use as the base for the earrings. I painted them with silver metallic acrylic paint and coated them with an acrylic gloss.
I gathered my strips into ruffles and attached them to the edges of the bottle caps with Fusion adhesive. Then I created a circular, crocheted motif for the center of each earring, using thin silver braid, together with the cobalt and aqua metallic filaments. I added a row of stitches in silvery-blue thread to the edge of each circle. Tiny blue glass seed beads were crocheted into the design, and a clear crystal disc bead and small iridescent blue tube bead were added to embellish the center. These circle motifs were attached to the center of the bottle caps/inner edge of the ruffle using the same adhesive.
Finally, I crocheted two short chains using blue nylon-coated beading wire and silver colored copper wire, embellished with clear blue glass beads and the crystal disc beads. I attached one end of each chain to a silver star earring post and one end to the bottle cap on the back of ruffle/crochet circle.
That completed the earrings. They really capture the essence of a star-studded sky on a clear summer night.