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.
I really love to take old pieces of jewelry and breathing new life into them by remaking them into something new. Being in Korea, a land of disposable goods and without my supply of vintage jewelry, I’ve really only been able to make piece from what I have found at places like Dongdaemun (post…here is a little about DIYing in Korea). I did bring a few vintage clip-on earrings and shoe clips with me. All of which I think I might have worn once over last 14 months. One of my favorite pairs of vintage clip-on were looking so lonely in my jewelry closet (um..yeah..closet..a story for another time). I got this brilliant idea to turn the earrings into a bracelet!! In my head it was just so simple…after some trial and error and glue-covered fingers, I managed a bracelet. Sorry for only 2 pictures of my steps. E6000 and a DSLR don’t mix!
- wire cutters
- vintage earrings ( here, here, here)
- large hoop earrings
- paper clips, anything that clamps (optional)
- a cylinder the earrings fit around (not in picture, optional)
- Use the wire cutters to remove earring posts and clips.
- Place the hoop earrings around the candle. Glob (literally) glue onto the back of the vintage earrings. Position the hoop earrings on the vintage earrings and in the glob of glue. The candle is pushing the hoops into the glue and keeping everything in place. Let dry for at least 2 hours before glueing the other side. let the whole bracelet dry for 24 hours.
I know that is a lot to take in! It’s well worth the glueing pains!
January is proving to be an exhausting month for me! I have extra intensive English classes to teach and 6 day work weeks. Finding the time to cook, let alone craft has been difficult. So, here is a simple DIY necklace. I saw these great geometric pieces and knew I wanted to make a necklace that was simple and perfect to wear under shirt collars.
- geometric pieces(here, here, here)
- lobster claw
- 2 large jumprings
- 3 small jumprings
- jewelry pliers
- Cut chain into two pieces. Length depends on how long you want the necklace to be.
- Use a jumpring to connect the geometric pieces.
- Connect the chain with a jumpring.
- Use the larger jumpring to connect the lobster claw to the chain, and put the second jumpring on the end of the other chain.
The first DIY of 2014! I didn’t want to do anything crazy, since the holidays left me exhausted! According to Pantone, the 2014 color of the year is Radiant Orchid. A very purple purple if you ask me! Being a girl that likes her neutral colors, I thought a bracelet with a pop of orchid tones would be just enough Radiant Orchid for me.
- Assortment of orchid embroidery floss
- Chunky chain
- Large lobster claw closure
- 2 large jumprings
- Jewelry pliers
- Tape (not in picture)
- Cut the chain so that it snuggly fits around you wrist. I used pliers to open and separate the chain links.
- Cut all the embroidery floss into 18in (45cm) pieces. Divide the string and tie together.
- Split each pile of sting in 3, for braiding. Wrap the ends with tape, this will make threading through the chain easier.
- Thread one strand through the chain. Then start a normal braid.
- Each time you pull a strand from the chain side of the braid make sure to thread it through the chain. This will incorporate the chain into the braid. Keep the braid moderately loss. Tie off at the end of the chain
- Repeat the braid on the opposite side of the chain using the second pile of floss.
- Trim the extra floss.
- Use pliers to attach the one jumpring to the end of the chain and a jumpring with a lobster claw to the other end of the chain.
The year is coming to an end. 2013 was a little crazy for me, I’ve spent the year, start to finish, living in South Korea. The middle of this year, decided to commit to writing at least one DIY post a week. A decision that has started to open up many opportunities and has sent my creativity soaring!
Now it’s time to look forward. 2014 will test me, bring me amazing adventures, and great changes. I’m terrible at keeping New Year’s resolutions! Instead, this year, I’ve decided to make less and more resolutions.
less TV, more reading
less junk food, more veggies
less internet surfing, more writing
less procrastination, more doing
less anger, more love
less frowning, more laughing
less siting, more adventures
less fear, more action
less stuff, more life
Happy New Year! May this year be filled with more opportunities, love and adventure.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I spent Christmas day cooking for a few friends, laughing, and sharing joy. Being on the opposite side of the world from my family can make the holidays a bit difficult. I did get to spend a wonderful two hours Skyping with my whole family back in the States!
With New Year only a few days away, I found myself needing a pair of earrings to being in the New Year! I love all the edgy ear cuffs I’ve been seeing online. But, I’ve found many of them to be a bit to big for my style. I personally like to wear both a necklace and a pair of earring to complete an outfit! I am in love with the earring cuff I made! I think they can stand alone as a subtle statement or be paired with a necklace. To be honest, I’ve been wearing these earring cuffs to work constantly over the past two weeks!
- Wax paper
- Earring studs
- Layout the rhinestones in the pattern you like. Make sure to give the pattern a slight curve, so it forms to your ear.
- Put a dab of glue onto the wax paper and use the toothpick to spread it into the general shape your earring will be. Recreate your pattern with the rhinestones in the glue.
- Let everything dry for about 30 minutes, the glue should still be a bit tacky and easy to remove for the wax paper. Put a small dab of glue on the back of the earring and press on the earring stud.
- Let the earring dry face down overnight.
New Year’s Eve is one of the few time a year it is appropriate and acceptable to wear as much sparkles and glitter as possible!! I have a few ideas for a sparkly pair of earrings!