What’s New for September

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September is a great month for jewelry makers because we introduced a lot of new materials for DIYers to work with. From beads to jump rings, the jewelry-making selection at M&J Trimming continues to grow and offer unique and on-trend pieces to add to your next project!

DSC_1021If you’re a fun-loving bohemian, we have a huge selection of pendants just for you! These beautiful mosaic pieces are just the ticket for that chunky statement necklace you’ve been working on.

DSC_1025Looking for more delicate pieces? We have just the charm for you. From nature-inspired leaves to spiritual hamsas and crosses, we have the perfect charm for your bracelet or necklace.

DSC_1030What about some bold beads to really set off your next project? Our Czech Glass Beads come in a rainbow of colors, and look good enough to eat!

DSC_1029If you’re a fan of the more classic look, check out our Czech Glass Pearls. They come in a range of sizes and colors, making them perfect for using in both jewelry and fashion DIYs!

Project DIY: Film Noir Materials

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This month’s Project DIY collection harkens back to an earlier time when right was right and wrong was wrong, and a slow saunter in a satin dress was enough to stop a man’s heart. We’re talking about the 1940s when the detective movie reigned supreme, and the stories were told in greyscale. We took our favorite elements from these classic films, and put them into this month’s collection: Film Noir.

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You’ll be using gorgeous satin trim which is reminiscent of those long flowing dresses that the femme fatales of the 1940s wore so elegantly.

Project DIY Film Noir Charms

Need another hint? These projects will be just as charming as the femme fatales themselves! Another “likely suspect” in the Project DIY collection, the chain, is going to be used in an unlikely color.

What do you think you’ll be making this month? Let us know your theories below!

Origami Mill

Trollbead of the Day

Origami Mill

You cannot see the wind … but with a little Origami Mill you immediately discover nature’s fingerprint.

Designer: Isabel Aagaard

Forget-Me-Not, Gold

Trollbead of the Day

Forget-Me-Not, Gold

A promise and a romantic memory of the dazzling beauty of Spring that you have never forgotten.

Designer: Søren Nielsen

Space

Trollbead of the Day

Space

Hurtling through the universe at incredible speed, yet in perfect balance. The beautiful planetary spheres inspired this bead.

Designer: Tom Blicher

Milan

Trollbeads of the Day

Milan

Designed by Lise Aagaard

The Italian fashion capital, constantly on the move. A modern cosmopolitan city caught between the cutting edge of fashion and the timelessness of history.

The Easter Egg

Trollbeads of the day

The Easter Egg

Designed by Lise Aagaard

The Easter egg is a symbol of fertility and new life, and the customs and traditions of using eggs have been associated with Easter for centuries. Here they are in the most delicate colors.

Dog-of-Honor (Ribbon Dog Collar)

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By Kristin

In these times we all cherish our furry 4 leg friends as though they were our children.  I have two ‘kids’ of my own at home named Leia and Pippin.  Though only cats, I still spoil them with the best natural food and squeakiest mice I can afford.  It only makes sense then, that couples today are feeling inclined to incorporate their pets into the ceremony and/or reception.  Adam Sandler had his dog, Meatball, as the ring bearer; and Eva Longoria had Jinxie with her at the wedding.  So many people today wouldn’t dream of their big day without their other ‘best friend’.

Some couples will dress their dog up in a tux, but I feel a simple collar can make a huge statement without looking silly or making the pup uncomfortable.  Using many of fantastic ribbons and trims, there are endless possibilities for your pup’s look.  Greek Key is a very simple design that will look good with a lot or even something a little more elegant and floral could work too.  You can add rhinestones, buttons or charms to jazz it up.  Maybe you can leave it plain and undecorated.

The example I made was very easy and took no time at all.  You just need some basic sewing skills, a sewing machine and the materials. 

 

Collar

  • 1″ Metallic Jacquard Greek Key (White/Silver) #38993, 1 Yard
  • 1″ Nickel D-Ring #10418
  • Silver Square Clasp #30160

Leash

  • ½” Metallic Jacquard Greek Key (White/Silver) #28550, 4 yards
  • Nickel Claw Closure #35596

Other Materials

  • Thread, Scissors, Straight Pins

 

How To:

  1. Measure your pooch’s neck, not too tight, but loose enough for comfort.  Add one inch for the seam allowance. 
  2. Thread the clasp onto the ribbon and fold the ribbon in half in the middle.  This will double the ribbon for durability.  Sew a straight line right next to where the bar in the clasp is.
  3. Place the D-Ring on one side of the ribbon (don’t put both through, just one side) with the loop facing out. 
  4. Sew down each edge of the ribbon after the D-Ring (through both layers) and stop 1″ from the unfinished end.  Fold the ends under ½” and loop over the other bar of the clasp, sew shut with several rows of stitching to secure extra.
  5. Viola, you have a custom made collar for your best friend! 

Now, onto the leash…

  1. Thread the ribbon through the bar of the claw clasp until you get to the middle of the ribbon (just like with the collar).  Sew a straight line next to the bar of the clasp to secure.
  2. Just like with the collar, sew down each end of the ribbon (both layers) until you get 1″ from the unfinished end.  Fold in the ends ½” and sew the edges to finish. Take the newly finished end and fold it about 14″ in to create the wrist strap.  Sew a small square to secure, sew over the square two more times. Clip leash onto the collar and your pup can walk down the aisle in style!