Updated: Dec 11, 2019
My favorite Disney heroine hasn't changed in the past 20 years. If you got to watch Disney Channel Original Movies, you know her. She is witty, smart, creative, strong-willed, a good friend, incorrigible when it comes to standing up for what she knows is right, and indomitable when it comes to fighting the power--especially when her family and friends are at stake. She's wonderful AND she isn't perfect. She's got it where it counts, but she's so human and relateable. She's constantly getting into trouble for a lack of discipline: she runs late, she squeals in class because she's not paying attention. She can be sarcastic, she digs in the recycling (and gets into all kinds of shenanigans) when she's not supposed to, and she accuses people on a hunch with no proof (even though she is totally right). She makes embarrassing mistakes in school, setting the laboratory on fire and needing rescue from the bottom of the swimming pool. She can be moody and even antagonistic when people reach out to be friendly.
She is, of course, Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century, and her story is still my favorite Disney movie since I first saw it at the age of 9.
As you know from reading my blog posts, I am a big believer in the power of symbols to influence the subconscious. What better symbol for creativity, determination, and general bad-*ssery than to make our own Zenon holographic disk earring replica to wear!
If you don't recall, Nebula, Zenon's best friend on her space station home, makes Zenon a going-away gift when Zenon is punished by being exiled to Earth for being in the restricted section while investigating the "inky" space station owner's henchman, Lutz. The disk is made out of the disk that Lutz accidentally drops, and parts salvaged from the recycling chute. The disk contains the computer virus that is supposed to shut the space station down so that it crashes, so that the owner, Windham can collect the insurance money.
So this earring should look a bit rough, like a 13 year-old hand-fashioned it from scrap.
Are you ready kids?
YOU WILL NEED THESE SUPPLIES:
Plaid holographic posterboard (can be found all over, like here)
Earwires that are solid with a loop (found at Hobby Lobby)
Pennycutter industrial scissors (like from Harbor Freight)
Regular-sized scissors or even manicure scissors
White school glue
A drawing compass (or a 15/16 inch circle paper punch)
A ruler or tape measure
One American quarter coin
Pliers with good gripping capability
Open the drawing compass to 7.5/16 of an inch (11.9 mm) (use the ruler to measure).
Slowly trace 2 circles (Draw a dot and keep the leg of the drawing compass on it while swirling the pencil leg very carefully around it).
Double check that both circles are 15/16 inch (23.8125 mm) across. Try again if necessary.
This is precise work. If you can find a 15/16 inch (23.8125 mm) circle paper punch, it will save a lot of time! I have not yet found one though. Maybe someday...
Posterboard is quite thick. Try to peel off a good amount of the weight, at least half the thickness. You want it to look like the holographic is set within the very thin exterior lip on the quarter.
Center the holographic circle on the quarter. You should only be able to see the very thin ridge around the quarter's face edge. If the paper circle is wonky, try cutting a new one.
Smear a small amount of school glue on one side of the quarter. Press the paper down and gently smooth with your fingers, making sure it is centered.
If the glue leaks and gets on the holographic paper, gently rub off.
Hold and press. Let dry for several hours.
Repeat on other side.
Take one pronged 25 mm (1 inch) silver craft disk pin. Use the pliers to rip off the pin part. It should come off pretty easily.
Cut a strip of metal on opposite sides of the circle using the pennycutter scissors. Bend these strips back using the pliers.
Trim the edges of the circle away as well so they don't show. You should be left with 4 prongs and 2 backwards pointing strips.
Gently narrow the earring loops enough so that you can use the backwards-pointing strips you just made to curl around them and hold the disk-setting holder on.
If you don't live near a Hobby Lobby, or if Hobby Lobby stops selling these, here is a picture so you can make your own out of sturdy sterling silver wire:
Hopefully you can see what I mean in this photograph, the 2 tabs holding onto the earring loop:
Gently set the holographic disk quarter in the setting, gently fold the prongs down.
Now go embody those bad-*ss space babe vibes!
All My Love,
P.S. Leave a comment! It would mean the world to me and we can bond over our shared love major of all things Zenon...or Disney...or epic in general :)
Photographs marked "Ranyoi-Rassmarr, Fabsolutely.Co, 2019 are in the Public Domain because Intellectual Property is neither and lawyers squatting on images and sequences of words or musical notes for 4+ generations after the creator's death hurts all of us.
Except for maybe the one of where to cut on the pin/disk holder. I wrote over a picture I got off of the internet. Does that violate copyright or is it safe to say that's modified enough to be "mine" so I can put it in the Public Domain? No one knows until it's too late because the law is so convoluted and judges rule how they want. Stay safe in this madness and proceed with caution on that one, assume it IS NOT in the Public Domain.
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