Project Restyle

Boy.  It’s been a while since I’ve last logged in to WordPress….. Never fear, I haven’t completely forgotten about it as I’m here today to share about a really simple restyle I did the other week.

Basically, what you need is something to redo and colour paint of your choice and a paintbrush.  Pretty easy.  🙂  I think this whole project from start to finish took about 2 hours at the most but I had a lot of space to paint.  And I did two or three coats over the whole thing, which I highly recommend doing.

Here’s what my metal flower used to look like:KINDLE_CAMERA_1391363325000(Purple isn’t my favorite color.) 🙂

After a few coats of paint, here’s what my new flower looks like:

KINDLE_CAMERA_1391523269000I like it much better.  🙂

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DIY: Leather Cuff Bracelet

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What do you do with those leather belts that get worn out and start to break apart after a time?  Make jewelry!  There is always some good leather left on your old belt, and that is the part that makes for a great bracelet.

Ready?

You’ll need:

-Old leather belt

-6-8 inches of suede string

-Scissors

-Ruler

Instructions:

First, find the part of your belt that is still good.  You’ll want it to be at least seven inches, or thereabouts, depending on your wrist size.

Wrap the part of the belt that you’ll be using for your bracelet around your wrist so the ends meet where you want them to.  Then, lay the belt next to the ruler to find the length to cut it to for your wrist.

Next, take your scissors and cut the leather to the size you need on both sides.

If your belt has holes in it already, then you can skip this step.  But, if you don’t have any holes in your leather, then you will need to put four holes in it, two on each side where the two ends meet, so the suede string can fit through.  You could probably use a safety pin for this step.

Now, string the suede through to make a sort of “x” shape where the ends meet.  Knot the ends of the suede.  The nice part of using suede for this is that you are able to adjust how tight you want your bracelet to fit, and it can now loosen for easy putting on.   (I left about 2-3 inches of suede on the ends before the knot, and just tuck them into the bracelet and under my sleeve.)

That’s it!! You’re done.  🙂

It is very quick, uses on hand materials, and turns out looking very neat and cool looking!

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(This is the back of the bracelet, where the suede makes an x for staying on.)

Enjoy!

 

DIY: Clay Roses Tutorial

DSC09049 This is a super easy, minimal amount of supplies, quick, and cute DIY project.  I have made tons of these roses, and they look so perfect and dainty as a necklace or a ring!  So, let’s get started! 🙂

You’ll Need: 1 color of POLYMER CLAY (I suppose air dry clay might work, but I have never used it for this.  My guess is that it probably wouldn’t be sturdy enough.) You can find this at joanns.

Utility knife or exacto knife

Here’s what you do:

Take a little bit of clay in your hands and soften it to get the air bubbles out:

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Then, once it is easy enough to shape with it, pinch a little bit off:

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Flatten it into a small circle:

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After that, roll it into a cone shape, this is your stem:

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Okay, so once you’ve done that, make another circle, and carefully attach it to the stem:

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The top of the rose will look like this:

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Then, make another circle and attach it to the stem on the opposite side of the first petal:

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After this, make as many petals as you want for your rose by making a circle of clay and adding it to the stem with the other petals:

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Okay, so once you’re satisfied with how your rose looks, take your utility or exacto knife to cut the extra clay off the bottom of the rose. When doing this, it’s important to make sure that when you’re cutting the clay you don’t smash the rose on one side:

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DSC09044You can carefully move the petals a little bit to how you want them.  Bake your rose in the oven according to the directions on your clay package.  You’re done!! 🙂

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You could glue this to a ring with a flat circle base, or make two and glue them onto some earring posts! Or, if you wanted to make a necklace, you can really carefully attach a jump ring on the back and then cover it with a little clay so that it is secured before you bake it.  When doing this, be really careful, because you can smush the rose, and then you have to start over. There are so many cool ideas for using these!  Be looking for an upcoming post featuring things to make with these cute roses, and more!

And there you go! That’s how to make a polymer clay rose! 🙂

Pearl Flower Pendant Necklace

Howdy! Sorry I haven’t posted anything in ages!  It seems like I wait to post something worth while, so I wait.  Having said that, today I am bringing you a couple of inspirational projects that I recently did that you will hopefully like. 🙂

I was at Target a couple weeks ago and saw a necklace there that I just had to have.  However, it cost $17 and I was not going to pay that for something I could easily make.  No way.  The original design had pearls and a gold heart pendant that was about 2 or so inches wide.  I knew I could make it myself, so after waiting what seemed like forever, I went to Michaels.  They didn’t have a gold heart pendant, but I was able to adapt the design a little and use another pendant that worked. (Btw, Michael’s has way more cute pendants than Joanns…)

This is everything I used:

1 pendant

2 99 cent strands of white pearls

About 3-4 feet of bronze/gunmetal colored wire

1 clasp

3 jump rings (I made some out of my colored wire so it matched using my round nose pliers and wire cutter)

Round nose pliers

Wire cutter

The How-To:

I attached three pearls together with wire and attached the pendant. Then, I attached  a jump ring to three pearls, and made one strand of pearls on both sides which I also attached to the jump ring. I finished it off to my desired length, and attached a large ring and clasp to finish it! 🙂

It ended up looking like this: ( sorry about the poor photography quality; the camera on my kindle is not very good)

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I really like how it turned out!! 🙂

Suede chevron bracelet idea

So the other day I found this really cute bracelet idea.  I made one for myself and thought that it turned out looking great! 🙂  The website that I found this tutorial on did a good job explaining how to make this bracelet, so, I will direct you to there for the instructions.  Link: http://yesmissy.com/2013/03/07/jewelry-diy-suede-chain-woven-bracelet-part-3/

Have fun with it.  🙂

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Leaf necklace

So, I got this great idea for jewelry making the other day.  I made this necklace today and really like it.  Just wanted to share the idea with you.  All that it’s made of is a silver leaf pendant, gray pearl, and a deep purple swarovski crystal, a large one….

I probably used around 30 inches of silver chain…… about.  It’s supposed to be long, but you can cut the chain to the length of your choice.  🙂  You can find similar supplies at your local craft store.

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Melted Crayon Art

I learned how to do this from one of my friends.  It makes a great piece of decor for a room.  There is basically no way for you to do it wrong, since the crayons melt differently each time.  It is easy to do, and only takes about 30-45 mins and it looks so awesome!

What you’ll need:

1.  Art painting canvas  (a piece of cardboard works great too)

2.  Lots of crayons

3. Tacky glue, modge podge, or another glue that will hold the crayons

4. Hairdryer

Instructions:

1. First, put a thin line of glue on one side of each of the crayons.

2.  Next, center them on the art canvas or cardboard in a rainbow-like line wherever you want.  Press down on each crayon firmly so that they get glued to the board.

3.  After you have glued the crayons to the board, you will need to wait for the glue to dry.

4. Once the glue is dry, prop the board with the side on which the crayons are, up a little bit to a slant.

5.  Finally, use the hairdryer to melt the crayons.  It will take a while for the crayons to melt.  Once they start to melt, move the hairdryer or board in different angles to make the crayons melt in the way that you want them to.  Once you are satisfied with the look, wait a couple minutes for the crayons to dry.  You’re done!!