Use a Nintendo 64 controller to make the coolest button earrings! This is one of those cool geek crafts that everyone will ask you about.
I grew up playing Nintendo 64 with my siblings, and I thought it would be really neat to make some earrings using the buttons. I didn’t realize until after taking the controller apart that the buttons are actually really tall and not good for making jewelry.
I decided, instead, to use the buttons to make molds. I then used those molds to make “buttons” out of polymer clay. Now I can make as many as I want! Earrings for everyone!
Nintendo Button Earrings
- Nintendo 64 controller
- blank earring studs
- strong glue
- polymer clay (white, green, and blue)
- glossy polymer clay glaze
- corn starch (optional)
Start by taking apart your controller and take out the buttons. My husband was so reluctant to give me this controller even though it was broken. Haha!
I cut down the buttons when I was still trying to use them for the earrings, so that’s why this button is short. Yours will be taller. Soften some white clay in your hands and roll it out to about 1/2 inch thick.
Once the molds have cooled, they are ready to use. Take a small amount of colored clay and roll it into a ball. Dust the outside with corn starch to prevent sticking and help cut down on fingerprints. Press the ball of clay into the mold and smooth it flat. Very gently pull it out of the mold and place it on foil. I’m not going to lie, this took a few tries, but I got better at it each time.
I made a bunch because it didn’t take much clay, and I knew some were going to turn out better than others. None of them are perfect, but they look pretty good. Bake the clay according to package instructions.
Let the glue dry, and your earrings are ready to wear! My daughter thinks they are so cool. Now I’m curious to know if anyone will catch on and recognize what they are. What do you think? Any other Nintendo lovers out there?
For more fun crafts like this, visit my blog, Cutesy Crafts.