Friday, April 19, 2013

DIY Antropologie preserved rope cuff

a quick "get-the-look" version of the preserved rope cuff

from Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer for Anthropologie


top: Antropologie - collage by moi

This is just a "get the look" since I'm not going to use resin, and it's only a little "work around" for a fun, inexpensive summer cuff:

get the Anthropologie look: supplies

all these supplies can be found ... in your home and at the hardware store


You need:
* a metal hanger
* 8" of clear plumbing tubing 1/2" internal diameter 3/8"
* 6" of climbing rope 1/2" diameter
* 2 copper tube end caps
* a lighter
* scissors
Wire cutters (not pictured)
E-6000 glue

Because the quantities of the tubing and rope needed are so little, you might be able to even get them as "sample" at your local hardware store!

Make this fun preserved rope cuff: the how-to / tutorial:


Start by cutting a 6" piece or wire from the metal hanger

insert the metal wire inside the core of the nylon cord

Get all the wire inside tucked into the nylon cord

Burn both sides of the edges of the nylon cord

Cut the tube at 8" long: if the tube is slightly longer than the rope its a bit easier

insert the cord into the tube - you might have to twist it a bit
when the cord is all inside the tube, cut the tube at the same length of the cord
Place few drops of E6000 into the end tube caps

Because the end tube caps are the same diameter of the clear tube,
use the lighter to warm the edges of the clear tube and tuck the tube inside the end caps 
Shape the bracelet in a semi-circle, and the wire inside will help to keep the shape!


I know I'll be layering this one with my Rowan-  Orly Genger inspired bracelet

have fun making many in different colors!

xox, d.



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Monday, April 15, 2013

DIY Venessa Arizaga multi-strand necklace

wrap chains with pretty colors 

for a DIY Venessa Arizaga's look

left: Venessa Arizaga - collage by moi
Loved these multi-chains necklaces, and picking different chains and the possibilities are endless if you play with the selection of colors.
Of course, after browsing and browsing... my selection fell on the blues with silver chains.



DIY Venessa Arizaga necklace: supplies



5 strand end bar / 1
14 mm lobster clasp / 1
dmc pearl embroidery floss - I used these colors: DMC 115 3-311 Navy BlueDMC 115 5-796 Dark Royal BlueDMC 115 5-798 Dark Delft BlueDMC 115 5-996 Medium Electric Blue
Metallic Embroidery Floss Aquamarine Blue
Fray Check
Flat Nose Pliers (easier with two sets)
* a crochet hook (the hook has to fit into the chain links- mine is a 1.4mm )
* a large needle

DIY multi strand chain necklace the how-to / tutorial:


Initially I wanted to make this necklace using knitting yarn,
but I didn't have all the variations of colors.
In this closeup you can see the difference between the pearl embroidery floss and
the regular floss from DMC:
I love the "twist look" of the pearl floss and it has a better "body" and shine.

Cut the first strand of 20" of chain, and using the #796 floss,
crochet a single crochet in each link.
Once you got to the end of the chain, leave a 1-1/2" tail,
and work another row of single crochet with the metallic floss
Weave in the tails, Fray Check and trim the excess.
Cut another strand of chain of 22"
Place the second row of chain just next to the one which has been crocheted
Use the big needle and the floss #798
and wrap around the first two links a couple of time
(leave a 1-1/2" tail)

To connect the two chains with the embroidery floss,  I used a mattress stitch
Pass the needle trough the chain links, from the one without crochet to the one with the crochet
leave a loop and pass the needle trough the loop.
I did the mattress stitch for 45 links.

Repeat the same mattress stitch cutting a 24" chain and using the #996 floss,
and the last chain 26" and #311 floss.
While using the last color floss (#311) leave a 5" tail at the beginning.
To have a nice finish look, use the beginning tail of the #311 floss,
and wrap the mattress stitch around the top part, while weaving the other tails in.
Seal with fray check and cut the excess.
To end the floss neatly on the front part of the necklace,
wrap the last stitch two more times around the last links,
then turn the necklace on the wrong side, and make an overhead knot.
Seal with Fray check and trim the excess.

One side is done, now is time to repeat the same operations on the other side:
turn the second strand of chain leaving a longer drop in the center
and start sewing the same way - only you'll sew from left to right
(So the stitch will look symmetrical)
Remember to sew the same 45 links on this isde as well!

This necklace has 4 strands of chains, but I used a 5 strand end bar...
because I'll link a jumpring to the endbar also on the crocheted part.
Then connect the other jumprings to the first chain link at the top to the end bar.

Connect the Lobster clasp with a jumpring on one side,
and add a jumpring on the other side... done!
If the drop of the center of the necklace is too long or too short, you can always open a link of the chain and remove or add some links to get the perfect look!

xox, d.

...and check Stripes & Sequins' version, too!

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

DIY Lulu Frost initial necklace

initials, numbers, monograms and words

Big come back in fashion and jewelry: just say it!
I had an old "D" pin that used to be on my jackets' lapel all the time. Then it has been hidden for quite some years.




I've been thinking to give my old brooch a new life and have the Lulu Frost necklace in my project-to-do folder for quite a long time.

left: Charm and Chain - Lulu Frost - collage by moi

Few days ago, I've got the supplies I was missing and made it!

Supplies:




* approx 20" of chain in each color - I used slightly different sizes (what I had, but I like the mix and match):  4 mm sterling silver chain5mm copper curb chain , 6mm gold curb link chain
* initial D pin: mine is old, but plenty of styles available (like this with the rhinestones!)
Pin to Pendant Converter - I got this (which is a set of three) because all the others were out of stock (must be a popular item lately!)

( ... or you can just skip one step and get an initial charm or (even better) make your own: check on True Blue Me and You for so many tutorials on all things wordy.)
* a heart charm, I had mine forever (this is a sterling silver not expensive option)
* a 20 inch long strip of silk fabric, or ribbon (if you're using ribbon I'd pick the 3/4" wide max)
round nose, flat nose, wire cutter pliers

the initial necklace how-to / tutorial:

first thing first: cut the three chains at 9" long - you'll have a set of 9" and another set at 11", but it will get equal at the end.

thread one pearl onto the wire and onto the first link of each chain

wrap the wire around the chain
twist the wire around a couple of times and cut the excess

make a loop around one pearl, and repeat on the other side of the chains,
leaving the second loop un-done
thread the wire into the loop of the pearl,
while placing the pin to pendant converter in the middle of the two pearls 
place the pin into the pin to pendant converter! 

Why I placed the two pearls?
well:... first because I like pearls, but also having the pearls gives some extra weight to the center of the necklace, so won't keep turning around.

If you're using ribbon, you won't need this step.
But I had a small leftover of this pretty aqua organza silk:
Fray Check the edges - I do like a fray look, but this would fray way too much.

Add a jumpring on one or the chains at 6"
starting from the pearl on the longer side of the chains 


pass the ribbon or silk through the jumpring and reach the half point

braid (messily) the ribbon twice, then place the heart charm onto one part of the ribbon

keep braiding the fabric/ribbon and the chains three more times,
and place another jumpring onto a chain (at about 2" from the pearl)

pass the silk/ribbon through this jumpring as well

... and make a bow! I cut the excess silk at an angle,
and fray the edges with my fingers before fray check the end.
You can see the left side of the bow as just cut - and the right side is finished.


at this point, cut the excess links to the longer side of the chains
(the three different chains will be uneven because of the braiding!)
and add a jumpring on each side and connect the toggle clasp

xox, d.

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