Making Magazine recently published a DIY project that sounds fun. It's earrings using vintage lace and beads. I'll bet you could find some pretty cool vintage buttons to use as well.

Here is the article, including instructions and links to the source.

Lace is ideal for earrings as it is lightweight. The trend for chandelier-style earrings translates well into lace because, when stiffened with glue, it is possible to use the weave of the lace in place of metal filigree.

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The lace of this white daisy earring was simply stiffened with glue. A flat sew-on cabochon was stitched to the centre and fine silver chain used to make a vintage cut-glass bead dangle. A smaller bead connector joins the lace flower to a Sterling silver earring wire.