My boyfriend and I rented the movie "Moonrise Kingdom" a few months ago, and since then I've been scouring town for a pair of plastic beetles to recreate a pair seen in the movie (for reference, a boy and girl run away together, and at one point he gives her a pair of earrings made from beetles and fish hooks).
Here's my attempt:
The beetles (which were originally lady bugs- the place I got them from only had one beetle on hand!) came from an educational toy store, after scouring the dollar store and party city. I painted them with a metallic acrylic paint, mixed with other colors to get the right shade, then coated with a layer of clear protective finish. I nailed a hole through their poor little heads (thankfully not too squeamish lol), and then used jump rings to attach to the earring.
Not bad for 30 minutes work all told (and endless beetle-searching lol).