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11  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Furniture nails + boots = studded boots! on: November 30, 2010 01:07:06 PM
Hey everyone! This is part of a "5 Ways" feature I did, focusing on different ways to use hardware supplies for fashion diy projects. My favorite = studded boots I made with furniture nails, so I wanted to share it here!

Here are the finished boots Smiley

Supplies: White gel pen, hammer, furniture nails. I bought these at my local hardware store; they're daisy brass nails, to be specific.

Also, some vintage "grandma" boots...

Using a gel pen, I marked dots on the rubber heel to determine where I'd place the nails. Mine were 1 1/2 inches apart.

I nailed the furniture nails into the heels, using a hammer. p.s. Watch your fingers!


(I originally tried to use these on a pair of heels, but I quickly learned the heel had to be a rubber-y sort of material. The pair of vintage pumps I initially tried had a very hard, sturdy heel, and I almost broke a hand and a finger trying to get the nails to go through. So make sure your heels are soft enough for nails to go through!)

12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Hanging beads on invisible thread? Help! on: November 14, 2010 10:16:39 AM
Hi everyone! So I'm doing a custom order for a family friend, she wants earrings like the pair below...but I'm having a difficult time trying to figure out how to hang the pearls/beads...so that it looks like they're "floating"...I don't see any crimp beads. So I'm thinking maybe some kind of glue of some sort is used? Maybe a small dot or...I have no idea, really. For the first time I'm stumped on a jewelry topic! haha.

Any ideas? Any and all help would be VERY much appreciated Smiley
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bracelet inspired by $264 designer bracelet; faux leather cord + chain on: October 17, 2010 11:22:30 AM
Hi everyone! So, once again, I took a designer bracelet and made my own version...here's CC Skye's Thompson Bracelet. I loved how it looked, but knew I could easily make it.

This is the bracelet I made.

This is the original bracelet, $264, which I found on CoutureCandy.com

the supplies. I used black faux leather cord, brass curb chain and some black thread.

I weaved the cord in and out the chain links of 2 lengths of chain.

Then I attached both of the chain/cord strands by weaving thread in and out on each side...

Attached a clasp. All done. I love how it turned out Smiley

If you have any questions, just let me know! <3
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / necklaces <3 made from vintage things. on: October 02, 2010 08:15:22 PM
some things i've been working on!

the pendants on these two necklaces are empty bullet shells...

this pendant was originally an earring.

the blueberry cameo part was made from a brooch. the little teardrop is a locket that actually opens up Smiley

and some rings:

enjoy <3 if you have any questions, just ask!
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / pretty things :) stone, masquerade masks, rings. on: September 14, 2010 06:53:38 PM
some things i've been working on as of late....

i love the look of dyed agate stone.

turquoise! my favorite.

several necklaces with different charms.

i made these rings with silver ring blanks and some really awesome druzy agate beads. they're flat on the bottom, so i thought they'd make some really awesome rings. i found the beads at this really cute bead shop in the (small) city i'm currently living in; i moved here about 3 weeks ago so i was really happy to come across a bead shop!

i don't know why, but i lovelovelove masquerade masks.

another one.

16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shirt into embellished tank top; inspired by $155 designer top on: September 12, 2010 09:50:19 AM
The tank top I made from a shirt...

The inspiration: Sass & Bide's the art beat cotton tank top. Found it on net-a-porter.com, for $155 (!)

Supplies: I used a vneck shirt I already had on hand, a size larger than I normally wear for an oversized fit. I used acrylic paint for the stripes only because I couldn't find my fabric paint! I cut off the sleeves then an arc shape on the bottom.

I used the masking tape as a guide to paint on the stripes.

Perfect stripes.

Embellishments I used. These were hand sewn on. Gold pyramid studs, gold chain, and small gold metal beads.

All done Smiley
I'm pretty happy with it!

17  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Ankle chain flats inspired by a $725 designer pair! on: August 30, 2010 09:18:39 AM
Here's the flats I altered:

And here's the inspiration piece! I found these flats on shopzoeonline.com...they were $725, and definitely diy-able.

I decided to make my own, but with a pair of flats I already had laying around (from Target). I made mine with a more dainty, delicate chain, just as a personal preference. I attached a jump ring at the end of the flat since my flats didn't have the loop/tag like the designer pair. But it was still soooo easy/quick!

Probably cost me about $9something Smiley
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Chain and gem ring, somewhat inspired by a $155 designer ring on: August 17, 2010 05:09:39 PM
So, here's the ring I made...

And this is what inspired it! It's the same (very) general concept...

It's $155 at shopzoeonline.com   Lips sealed

Granted, the chain in my ring is practically on the gem instead of just surrounding it, but I think I like it better that way. Wish I could have found some black sew-on gems at Michael's (a personal preference) or possibly even some dark blue or purple gems... but the clear gem has grown on me. It was so simple to make - a sew on gem, some chain and a few jump rings, along with a ring blank and some wire is all you really need. Sew on gems can be found in the sewing/trims/notions sections of craft stores.

If you have any questions, just ask! Smiley Happy crafting.
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / (FULL TUTORIAL ADDED!) My version of a $385 bracelet! :) chain and thread. on: August 08, 2010 05:30:26 PM
For starters: the bracelet I made...


So I was browsing some high end designer jewelry a while back, and though I never buy designer things, it's sometimes interesting to look through such items. I came across this bracelet that i thought was really cute...except it was $385!

the $385 bracelet.

Looked simple enough. So I decided to make my own; except with brass chain, since well, I like brass chain better.

the materials.

- Thick curb chain (I used brass chain from Michael's, $2.99)
- Embroidery thread, of your color choice(s).
- Clasp, charms, jump rings
- Jewelry pliers, clear nailpolish

1) Measure a length of chain that will fit comfortably around your wrist. Then cut 6 strands of embroidery thread that are three times the length of your wrist. These 6 strands will count as one set. Repeat this to make another one, so that you have two sets. (I chose 3 colors, so I used 2 red/2 blue/2 purple in each set)

For the sake of this tutorial though, I separated the strands - let's clall them Red/Purple and Blue/Purple! It will be much easier to follow along this way.

2) Tie the strands together, then string Blue/Purple under & through one end of the chain.

3) Red/Purple goes over Blue/Purple, then under and through the chain

4) Red/Purple goes over the chain, and Blue/Purple goes over Red/Purple.

5) Then Blue/Purple under and through the chain....

6) Red/Purple goes over and through the chain. Keep repeating until you're done!

*Depending on how thick/wide your chain is, you may need more or less embroidery thread. The original by Bidermann only had the thread wrapping around each link once. I had a much wider chain, so the thread wrapped around each link three times.

7) Tie it off, trim it down if you'd like, add a few dots of clear nailpolish to secure the knots. Add some charms and a clasp.

It was a little tricky figuring out how to braid two strands around each chain link - essentially, the chain is the 3rd "strand" of the braid...The whole thing is pretty much a bunch of overs and unders and through the chain.

Done! and it cost me WAY less than $385.

the same pictures (more or less) are at my blog , although on my blog i included text instructions. although i think if you just really look at the strands of thread, it's pretty easy to figure out (as long as you know how to braid!)  Added the full tutorial here! (8/9/10)

Let me know what you think! or if you have any questions. I might make a few more with different color schemes Smiley
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / crafting for a friend's wedding: earrings, veil, headband... on: July 28, 2010 11:19:55 AM
just finished making some pretty things for a friend's upcoming wedding! Smiley

the bride's earrings

bridesmaids earrings.

bandeau birdcage veil and hair fascinator.

headband for the reception, made with gorgeous rhinestone trim.

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