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!
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!
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!
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.
I like dressing up for the Holiday’s, classic and festive, yes please!! Here are a few simple accessories that are perfect to complete a holiday outfit! These DIY’s would also make great gifts! (wink!) Click the photos for full how to directions.