The past few weeks have been full of life changes and realizations. I was accepted to graduate school. YAY!! I also started to book all of my summer adventures in Southeast Asia. Then I realize I only had 6 weeks left in South Korea teaching all the little crazy monsters <3. The next 6 months are going to be insanely exciting. I’ll finish my year and a half teaching in South Korea. I’ll spend a month and a half traveling in Southeast Asia. I’ll return home to the States. I’ll move to New York City. And I’ll start graduate school. To be honest, I’m a little scared, but mostly excited!!
Anyway, I was rummaging though all my craft supplies and I found extra leather for this bracelet. Not wanting to waste any of my supplies, I decided to make a wrap bracelet with the remaining leather. I have a feeling my DIYs will be focused on using up the supplies I have.
- Leather strip
- Long rectangular metal bead
- Metal compression beads
- Ribbon endings
- Jump rings
- Lay out your rhinestone pattern and get ready to glue.
- Glue the rhinestones onto the large rectangular bead.
- Let dry for a few hours.
- Thread your beads onto the leather strip. Put the large rhinstoned bead off center. This will ensure the bead is on the top of your wrist when you put on the bracelet.
- Put a dab of glue on the inside of the ribbon ending.
- Press the ribbon ending closed around the end of the leather strip. You can use your fingers or a pair of pliers.
- Use the jump rings to attach the closure to the ribbon endings.
- Finished and read to wear!
Cubes! I’ve been obsessed with geometric jewelry lately. The second I spotted these awesome metal cube beads, I knew I have to make a necklace with them. It’s starting to get warm out, so a light little golden necklace will do the trick.
- Cube beads
- Delicate chain
- Jump rings
- Lobster claw
- Wire cutters
- Cut chain to about 15 to 17 inches. At this length the beads should sit just under your collarbone. Cut the chain in half.
- Cut a piece of wire long enough to hold all your beads, connect to the chain and a little extra for good measure. Make a loop in the wire and thread the chain onto the wire. To secure the chain, wrap the wire around itself.
- Thread on your beads.
- Secure the other end of the wire by making a loop, threading the chain on, and wrapping the wire around itself.
- Depending on the size of you chain you can either use jump rings to attach your closure or use wire. My chain was very small, so I had to use the wire.
Lately I’ve been stressed out and exhausted! Not DIYing for a week or two left me uninspired. It’s amazing how a short break can cause creativity to crash! I spent a good 30 minutes just staring at all of my rhinestones and chains thinking of something to make. A few rhinestone patterns later, I had something that inspired me to bedazzle a simple bracelet I have hardly worn. Then the creativeness started flowing and I couldn’t keep up! So, I have quite a few fun DIY’s that I’m excited about coming up!
- Layout your rhinestone pattern and take a picture of it for reference.
- Take the rhinestone from the center of the pattern and put a dab of glue on the back.
- Working from the center out gluing the rhinestones to the bracelet.
- Once all the rhinestones are glued on, let them dry overnight.
I feel like I haven’t made a single thing in a few week…well that’s actually true The past few weeks have been crazy! Deadlines, work madness, moving, sickness, ugh. This past weekend I finally found some time to make, create, and brainstorm! Here is a little inspiration for tomorrows DIY!
Organizing all my jewelry over the past two weeks has really gotten me in the rhinestone mood. I’ve been feeling a little bored of my necklace collection (which is surprising since I have so many!). I didn’t want to make yet another necklace this week, so I decided to make a necklace alternative!
- Blank pin back
- Layout the pattern that you would like to make.
- Glue the rhinestones to a piece of felt. I started with the two big middle rhinestones.
- Keep adding the rhinestones until the pattern is complete.
- Repeat the pattern on a second piece of felt. Let everything dry for at least an hour.
- Trim the felt. I used scissors at first, then I switched to thread clippers to get a closer cut.
- Glue the pin backs to the back of the felt, let dry over night.
Short and sweet today! I’m moving, well ‘changing,’ apartments today. Oh, Korea, I just adore being at the whim of others…NOT!
Anyway, I found this beautiful labadordite bead last week and knew I wanted to turn it into a cool cocktail ring!! I love these stones! They have a pretty rainbow of colors in them!
- Cover the top of the ring blank with glue.
- Press the ring blank on to the labadordite bead and allow to dry over night.
How easy was that!
I have tons of rhinestones! I never quite know what to do with my smaller rhinestones, I tend to gravitate to the large ones. The idea popped into my head to make a nice layered bracelet combining delicate chain and my small rhinestones.
- Delicate chain
- Eye headpins
- Small rhinestones in setting
- Lobster claw closure
- Round nose jewelry pliers
- Jewelry wire cutters
- Cut a few pieces of chain that fit about 3/4 of the way around your wrist.
- Cut the pieces of chain at various points.
- Place one rhinestone on a head pin.
- Bend the headpin at the top of the rhinestone. Cut the headpin to about 1/4 inch. Use the round nose pliers to make a loop in the head pin. Now there should be a loop on either side of the rhinestone. Repeat with all rhinestones.
- Open a loop and thread a chain link through, then close the loop. Repeat with all loops on all rhinestones. You are using the rhinestones with loops to recreate the chain.
- Use jumprings to pull together the ends of the chains and attach the closure.