Top 5 Emerald D.I.Ys

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Emerald has been ruling the runways therefore it is only necessary to incorporate the “it color” into our lifestyles. Many bloggers have been creating emerald infused pieces and we’ve rounded up 5 that we particularly love.  The following D.I.Y’s will make everyone around you green with envy.
Click on the images for the tutorials on each piece.

VJuliet Emerald Bib Necklace

Bliss-athome Emerald Decorative Storage Box

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Glitter_N_Glue Emerald Green Button Ring

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HonestlyWTF Emerald Woven Charm Bracelet

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Kittenhood Featuring Vixy Blue’s Emerald Heart Brooch

A big thanks to VJuliet, Bliss-athome, Glitter_N_Glue, HonestlyWTF and Kittenhood for the inspiration.

DIY Chain Tassel Earrings

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By Roseann

We’ve all seen chains used in about every which way possible these past couple seasons, but you know I just feel that my jewelry box isn’t saturated enough with them.  So, on that note, I would like to give a simple tutorial on how to make a great pair of earrings by creating your own tassel using chains.

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. First cut your chains into pieces, you can make them the same length or different lengths as I have done; my longest piece is 4”.  Be sure you have an even number of pieces.
  2. Divide them how you like so that you have equal pieces for each earring.
  3. Thread the hat pin through the ends of your chains and then add the bead cap.
  4. Cut the hat pin down so that you have only about an inch of it sticking out through the bead cap.
  5. Using the pliers create a small loop as close to the bead cap as possible.
  6. Connect the loop of the hat pin and the loop of the earring hook together and wrap the remaining wire of the hat pin around the loop several times to secure.
  7. See, wasn’t that easy?

Instant Denim Update: DIY Zipper Inserts

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By:Roseann

For this weeks blog, I would like to address that pair of jeans in our closets that haven’t done us any good but take up space.  You all know that you’ve got at least one of those, I happen to have several.  The pair I chose to work with still fit great despite a couple of holes, the problem I have with them is that they just look a bit dated.  So, here is my effort to revive a pair I’ve kept around solely for cleaning my apartment.

Materials:

Directions:

  1. Decide where you’d like the placement of your zippers.  I decided to start the first 6” from my knee. I then measured 7” up at an angle and marked a straight line with chalk. Then created a parallel 7” mark 2 ½” above the first.
  2. At the beginning and end of each of your mark make a perpendicular mark ½” long.  Should look like a small T.
  3. Cut on the marked lines and the ½” perpendicular.
  4. Turn your jeans inside out and fold back the sides of your slashed line ¼”.
  5. Pin and press with an iron.
  6. Turn the jeans right side out and pin the zipper from the inside.
  7. Hand stitch zipper in.  Pay special attention to the ends since they are unfinished.  It is best to do a buttonhole style stitch to keep the denim from unraveling.
  8. Wear and enjoy.

Fringe Conspiracy: DIY Fringe Vest and T-Shirt in One

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By: Roseann

I recently came across a brief interview in Indie Magazine with Berlin Designer Paula Immich.   The interview was regarding a recent collection called “Mit Haut und Haar” (i.e. “with skin and hair”).  In this collection Immich used flocks of hair in seams and collars.  Sounds Bizarre right, however the effect is quite whimsical.  Her collection got me thinking about material and how so often we are used to seeing them manipulated and used in only one or two different ways.  Take chainette fringe, it has been used in such a costumie way, I always think flapper or Vegas every time I lay my eyes on it.  So I decided to do a DIY Paula Immich using chainette fringe, although I live in NYC I still don’t know if I can pull of wearing synthetic hair around my shoulders.  Boring, I know.

Materials:

Directions

  1. Fist locate where the bust point would exist on the T-shirt and mark from the inside with a pencil.
  2. Find the center point of your shoulder seam and mark a straight line from the bust point to the center marking of the shoulder.
  3. Measure how long this line is and subtract that measurement from 20.
  4. Using the measurement found above, find center back of the neckline and measure down mark with a pin.  Now measure from the pin 3” to each side and draw a line from that mark to shoulder center.
  5. Cut along this line.
  6. Cut the 1 yard of fringe in half, careful not to let it fray and pull apart. It helps if you tape the edges.
  7. Starting 1” from the beginning of the cut pin the fringe between the two pieces.  The fringe should be short 1” on each side.
  8. Now stitch together. Basically here we are creating a bust and back dart in one, so you want to start and end with a slight diagonal so that the intake transitions smoothly with the rest of the t.
  9. Wear and enjoy.

DIY: Embellished Breastplate Necklace

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By Roseann

I recently became quite excited about this multi chain and chainmail combo and decided to incorporate it into this week’s project.  Inspired by Fiona Paxton’s jewelry this project is a bit more involved than some of my earlier posts, but with a little patience the result is stunning.  A lot of hand work is involved, but don’t let this intimidate you.  If you are really not interested in taking that plunge a similar look can be achieved by sewing together some embellished appliqués to mimic the breastplate.

Materials:

  • 1 to1 ¼ yards multi chain, to purchase call 1-800-9-mjtrim
  • Metal sequins
  • Glass sew on jewels
  • Piallettes
  • Beading thread
  • Tulle, preferably a heavy one such as crinoline net
  • Scissors, hand needle, and needle nose pliers
  • Multi strand jewelry clasp
  • Jump rings, amount needed depends on your jewelry clasp

Directions:

    1. Cut a piece of tulle 9”x 7”.
    1. Fold the tulle in thirds so that your piece now measures 3”x 7”.  If you are using cotton tulle you can use an iron to create firm creases, if you are working with nylon spray starch is best.
    2. Begin to embellish. I started with the glass sew on jewels and sort of placed them randomly.  Be sure you leave a ¼” around the sides of your soon to be breastplate.  I made the mistake of not doing so and attaching the chain was a little messy.
    3. I next added the large piallettes and then used the metal sequins to fill in.
    4. Decide where you would like the plate to sit.  Take a measurement around the neck and add 26” to accommodate the additional length of the breastplate and hanging ends.
    5. Divide this measurement in half and cut two pieces of the multi chain.
    6. Attach one side of the plate to the chain beginning 6” from the bottom.  I attached the chain by stitching it to the tulle through the chainmail pieces only.
    7. Attach your multi strand jewelry clasp to the chain using jump rings.
    8. Wear and enjoy

DIY Wire Frame and Sequins Earrings

By Roseann

Sometimes design is just that, design.  It is not there to represent anything, say anything, mean anything.  We are pulled in and attracted to it simply for aesthetic reasons.  Inspired solely by organic form these earrings are simple and quick to create.

Materials:

  • 2 4” hat pins
  • Metal sequins
  • Crimp beads
  • 2 looped earring posts
  • A pencil
  • Needle nose pliers

 Instructions:

  1. Tightly wrap hat pin around the pencil.
  2. Pull your hat pin free from the pencil and elongate creating desired shape.
  3. Slide three metal sequins onto the hat pin.
  4.   Add one crimp bead and secure using pliers roughly ¼” above the first group on metal sequins.
  5. Add three more and repeat until you’ve reached the top.
  6. Using needle nose pliers create a small loop at the top of the hat pin and add looped earring post.
  7. Wear and enjoy.

Create Your Own Charmed Bracelet

By Goldie

I would like to share with you an idea so you can create your own charmed bracelet using buttons as your charms.

I used:

Directions:

  1. Choose your chain and buttons then decide the order you would like to place the buttons in
  2. The easiest way to attach your buttons to the chain is to use stretch magic elastic
  3. Slip the elastic through the shank of your button
  4. Knot it as close to the chain as possible than cut of the remaining elastic you have from the  knot
  5. Make sure your buttons are not to close to each other you don’t want your bracelet to look too cluttered
  6. The final step is adding the clasp to your bracelet in order to close it
  7. Start with attaching the two rings to the two opposite ends of the chain
  8. Slip the loop of the clasp through either ring you added to your chain and you can use the remaining ring to close your clasp

Embellish Your Clothes Using Rhinestones

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By Goldie

There are many simple ways to add some fun and color to your clothes. Whether being something you already own or a new purchase you want to spruce up. I would like to share with you a quick way too embellish your clothing using rhinestones and a rhinestone setting. I choose to embellish a small portion of the pocket of these jeans.

I used:

Directions:

  1. Choose the rhinestones you would like to work with and accompanying setting.     
  2. Using a fabric marker or chalk draw your rhinestone design.  It works best to do this on the back of the fabric since you will position your fabric face down in the setter.
  3. Place your rhinestone on the bottom part of the rhinestone setter and place the nose at the top of the setter through the rhinestone setting.
  4. Place your fabric in between the two face down and press firmly .

 

 

Chain and Feather Tassel Necklace

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By: Roseann

Chains, Chains, Chains, they seem to be every where this season and I think they are going to be hanging around through Spring and Summer 2010 as well.  Chain necklaces are nothing new, but these days designers are putting an interesting twist on the trend by the unique mixing of materials and colors.  Anything goes, there are no wrong answers, and you can mix any range of elements into this look, hard or soft, matte and shine, silver and gold.  I decided to create an edgy necklace with a feather tassel to give it a softer look.  The how to is posted below with all the materials used, but please check out our selection and try anything different.

Materials:

 

Instructions:

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    1. Cut 17mm chain down to 16”
    2. Attach 9mm chain to one of the links of the 17mm. wrap around the 17mm chain threading it throw a couple of times and attach the end link.
    3. Repeat with the twisted metal chain.
    4. Attach jewelry clasp to 17mm chain
    5. To create the tassel, take a pinch of feathers and glue at the very top. 
    6. Wrap several inches of jewelry wire around the top as well leaving a small loop at the head of your newly formed tassel.  This loop is how you are going to attach the feather piece to the jump ring.
    7. Dab a small amount of glue at the end of the cording to keep it from unraveling.   Stating ¾” below the top of the feather piece wrap and glue the cording to the top.  The cording will hide the wire and give a finished look.
    8. Cap the feather tassel with the bead cap; be sure to push the wire loop throw the top of the cap.
    9. Add 1 jump ring to the wire loop and twist till the bead cap is close to the jump ring
    10. Add the other jump rings to connect the newly formed tassel to the middle of your chain necklace.
    11. Wear and Enjoy!

Gossip Girl Fashion Inspiration

By Blerona

Chain and Pendant Necklace

Spring is almost here, and I’m ready for that sun to shine! Next season is all about piling on your mega-big iconic shaped pendants. Designers like Michele Scholnick, Lanvin, Baleciaga and Max Mara are all embracing this look into their collection. To get a head start, learn how to make this simple and beautiful gold chain necklace with two rare and unique pendants. In just 3 Easy Steps!

I got my inspiration from Gossip Girl, I just love the way they dress always very classy, and glamorous. I can definitely picture Serena wearing this with one of her many fabulous outfits!

 Materials:

 

Directions:

  1. Attach one pendant to one end of the chain.
  2. Attach second pendant to the other end of the chain
  3. Make a knot on desired location