If you’re anything like us here at M&J, you love accessorizing. With the summer heat rolling in fast, we often neglect our jewelry due to the additional bulk and weight it usually adds on. Luckily for us, this statement making piece is so lightweight you’ll barely feel it on. Regardless of the temperature outside, we’ll be rocking this easy chain bracelet/ring combo DIY.
5MM Jewelry Metal Chain
Ring (We used one from Fun 2 Bead)
Gently stretch out your ring
Place the last link of each side of your chain through your spiral ring. Once the links are on the ring, swivel them to the center so they will be secure.
Now that both sides of your chain are attached to the ring, squeeze the ring back together.
Put your ring on your middle finger with the chains extending in opposite directions.
Pull the chains down towards your wrist.
Once you reach your wrist, twist the chain and wrap it around your entire hand.
Continue wrapping the chain around until you run out.
This is what your chain should look like once you are complete.
We love how this DIY is so easy yet fashion forward. We can’t wait to rock this look all summer long.
Stay tuned for our Flower ring tutorial tomorrow!
Top 5 Floral D.I.Y’s
This week we are obsessed with floral prints. The once girly print has transitioned itself into a wearable everyday piece. Each of these D.I.Y Bloggers has showcased a floral project in a diverse way making these blogger our top 5 d.i.y’s of the week. Click on the images for the full tutorials on each piece and stay tuned on Tuesday for our take on the spring trend.
Swell Mayde’s D.I.Y Floral Denim Shorts
Free People’s D.I.Y Denim Repair
Home Heart Craft’s floral bib necklace
Fashion Diva Design’s Floral Necklace
Fuji Files’s D.I.Y Flower Crown
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
Glitter_N_Glue Emerald Green Button Ring
HonestlyWTF Emerald Woven Charm Bracelet
Kittenhood Featuring Vixy Blue’s Emerald Heart Brooch
A big thanks to VJuliet, Bliss-athome, Glitter_N_Glue, HonestlyWTF and Kittenhood for the inspiration.
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.
- 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.
- Divide them how you like so that you have equal pieces for each earring.
- Thread the hat pin through the ends of your chains and then add the bead cap.
- Cut the hat pin down so that you have only about an inch of it sticking out through the bead cap.
- Using the pliers create a small loop as close to the bead cap as possible.
- 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.
- See, wasn’t that easy?
Composite and collage jewelry have been a big hit thus far in 2010 and it seemingly will be around for some time to come. Combining a variety of different elements into a piece gives you, the designer, a lot of freedom for expression and exploring personal style. I happen to consider myself to be a bit on the bohemian side, so therefore, I’ve created a fun bracelet using a floral appliqué and some buttons to compliment a closet full of denim and prairie dresses.
- First remove the shanks from the back of your buttons.
- The sinamay flower is actually created by smaller flowers so pull it apart; you should be able to get 5 flowers from this one appliqué.
- Glue the smaller horn button a top the larger and top with crystal sew on.
- Glue the smaller wood star a top the larger and top with moonstone button.
- Arrange how you desire and glue using magna-tac.
- Allow your bangle to dry for at least 12 hours ideally 24 before wearing.
Your flowers are picked, the tuxes are rented and the invitations have all been sent out. You thought you were finished with the wedding plans when you remembered that you need gifts for your attendants.
Like most brides, I gave my girls jewelry to wear on the day of, but made sure it was something they could wear again and again over the years. It seems that a lot of web sites offer jewelry you can buy, but I find it all looks the same after a while.
This week’s blog is devoted to making a custom necklace that your bridesmaids will love. It’s fast and easy to make and perfect for a summer or fall wedding. The colors are also very easy to change according to the colors of your wedding. I just chose green because it was so pretty and vibrant. Use this tutorial to make a necklace inspired by mine, or copy it exactly, the options are endless!
The first step is to glue the rhinestone into the center hole of the flower charm. Dab a tiny amount of glue into the hole using a pin or toothpick, and then drop the stone into it with the tweezers. Let this dry for 10 minutes.
Once the rhinestone is dry, you can glue the charm to the center of the shell pendant. Put a little bit of glue on the back of the flower (not too much or it will ooze out the sides), and stick it on the shell. Let this dry while you work on the ribbon necklace.
String a bead onto the ribbon 2″ from the end, and make a knot on either side to keep it in place. Make a knot about 1 ½” – 2″ away from the bead you just did, string on a bead, make another knot on the other side of the bead, repeat until you have all the beads knotted and strung leaving 2″ on each end of the ribbon.
String a clamshell clamp on the end of one of the ribbons and make a double knot right at the end, dab a little glue here and let dry, repeat with the other side. When the glued ends are dry you can clamp the clamshell closed. This will give a nice finished end to the ribbon so it doesn’t fray over time.
Using the pliers add an open jump ring to the cent of the ribbon and add the pendant, close the jump ring.
Use the pliers to add the closure to the end clamps as well.
Wrap up your completed necklace in a pretty box for your bridesmaids to wear on the big day.