For my first post I decided to create an easy DIY chain and seed bead necklace. Although I choose these materials solely many other combinations can be created from the array of trims offered by M&J such as; ribbons, lace, cording, and leathers.
To get the look:
- Cut 1 piece of beaded trim 3” longer than length of 1 of the chains.
- Thread this piece through the chain and secure ends with glue
- Next thread the other piece of beaded trim through second chain, knot the excess trim off to one side and let hang
- by widening one of the links in the back of the chain attach the two chains together
This season every designer has jumped on the biker chic bandwagon and fortunately I happen to love this look. Chains, leather, and hardware is used to adorn all looks casual to evening. This naughty but nice look can be intimidating to some and can come with a hefty price tag. Using some leather cording and chain you can create a necklace that’s ultra hip, works for almost every age group, and is easy on the wallet.
- 1 yard 6mm leather braid
- ½ yard 17mm gold chain
- ½ yard metal oval link chain
- One yard 3.5mm mesh link chain
- Gem-Tac glue
- Four15mm rings
- Four 6mm end caps
- Two 7mm jump rings and four 4mm jump rings
- Metal clasp
- Wire clippers and needle nose pliers
- Cut leather braid into two pieces 1 measuring 14” and the other 18”.
- Finish the ends of the leather pieces by gluing the end caps
- Cut mesh chain into three pieces 1 measuring 13” and 2 pieces measuring 8”.
- Cut oval chain down to 12”. Thread 13” piece of mesh chain through oval chain and secure with 4mm jump rings.
- Cut 17mm chain down to 16”.
- Attach the 17mm chain to the 18” piece of leather using the 15mm rings.
- Do the same with oval metal chain and 14” leather.
- Attach the front of the necklace together by threading 8” pieces of mesh chain through 15mm rings. Secure the mesh chain with 4mm jump rings.
- Attach clasp to jump ring.
- Wear, enjoy!
Accessories can either make or break an outfit and when you can’t find one that’s going to enhance your outfit, then make one. I always go through magazines everyday, looking for the latest trend. This Fall, I noticed that ribbon and applique necklaces are going to be the must-have accessory of the season. With a tight budget and still having a yearn for something nice, I decided to make one myself. You can too with a few simple supplies and instructions.
I used three appliques, item number 43013 from M&J Trimming, they were only $11.98 each. If you like the appliques, you can call 1-800-9-MJTRIM to order them. I also used two grosgrain bow, a yard of silk grosgrain, a small piece of ultra suede fabric and glue gun.
All you have to do is add glue to the back of the appliques and lay them on top of the ultra suede. When it dries, trim out the extra fabric. Make sure to not to cut in between the appliques, so that they hang together on the necklace. Then cut the grosgrain ribbon in half and glue it to each side of the necklace. Once you’re done, add the bows and it’s ready to wear. Simple, right?
Every girl can use a little sparkle in her life, and thanks to M&J’s selection of Swarovski rhinestones and assortment of sew on jewels and pendants, it’s easy and affordable. For $25 I created a piece that could easily retail for $60 or more. I used 1 twisted Swarovski sew on jewel (#40198), and two different pear shaped Swarovski pendants (#38394 in Vitrail, and #41916 in golden shadow) available by calling 1-800-9-mjtrim. I used simple jump rings to attach the stones to the chain. The piece was left long, so it fits easily over the head. The look is simple and chic, and since it can be worn with jeans or cocktail dress it is also versatile. Please check out our Swarvski section online and create a gem of your own.
When I sat down to do this entry I was a little scared. Americana fashion is hard to do without looking cheesy. I don’t know, that’s just my opinion. However, I really think that by incorporating our colors into today’s hottest trends the look can be quite hip. Wear this piece with a white tank as to not over do it.
- Ultra suede tape 10 yards of both white and cardinal, and 3 ½ yards in French blue
- Sobo craft glue
- Jewelry wire
- Wire clippers
- Cord necklace fastener. I choose to use a magnetic fastener, be sure that it will be large enough to hide all the ends of the leather.
- Cut the red and white suede into strips 36 long and the blue into strips 20” long.
- Take all the red and white and 3 strips of the blue together and wire wrap the end.
- I then pinned this end to a board and gathered the other side with the other 3 strips of the blue and draped to the other side of my board.
- If you like pull on some of the leather strips at the unwrapped end to create different lengths in the necklace.
- Once you have the desired look, gather the other ends, trim, and wire wrap. Trim the blue hanging strips so they have a staggered appearance.
- Using Sobo craft glue, glue the wrapped ends of your necklace into the magnetic fastener.
In the wake of the slow economy many people have turned to do it yourself fashion projects. As a result I have seen some of the most innovative and creative pieces in decades. The best of these hand made accessories display bold mixes of materials and colors. And hey, if you’re going to use the remnants of previous projects you can throw out, “The less is more attitude”. So, go a head and dive into your scrap box and mix it up.
- On the back side of 1 6” fabric square mark the middle at one edge. Measure up 2 ¼” and mark. At top right corner mark ¼” in from the side. From your 2 ¼” mark draw curved line to ¼” mark in right corner. Do the same from the bottom mark to right corner. Fold square and cut on lines so that you have an even crescent shape. Repeat steps with the other fabric square.
- Find the outer measurement of your crescent. Subtract 2” and cut fringe to this length.
- Pin fringe to bottom curve and baste.
- Embellish face of the other fabric crescent. I chose flat sew on jewels so that the piece can be reversible. If you like you can embellish with larger sew on jewels and beads and where your piece from 1 side only.
- Pin fabric crescents back to back and stitch around.
- Finding the placement of you piece is up to you. I left my chain a little longer so that it can be adjusted depending on my outfit.
- Stitch chain to the corner of you crescent
- Add jewelry clasp.
- Wear, enjoy!
Fall is around the corner and with a new season, some changes in our wardrobe are required. As I said before, sometimes spending money in a new wardrobe is not necessary. With some creativity you can transform pieces you already own or create new ones and accessories are one of the easiest. An outfit can go from boring to breathtaking just by selecting the right accessories. This time I’ll show you how to make a necklace that you will often see in magazines and stores a lot this season. Why buy it when you can make your own unique version of it?
First fold the ribbon in half and pin it along the edge.
Sew the two edges together which will create a tube.
Turn it inside out. You need to be patient in this step, since turning the tube inside out may take you a few minutes. You can use a chopstick to push the ribbon thru. You can also use a safety pin or a paper clip.
Now you can start putting the pearls inside the tube, make knots on the sides of it to make it stay in place.
I used about 9 pearls for this necklace, but you can do as many as you wish. Just make sure that if you do more pearls you have some extra ribbon, so you still have enough at the end to tie a knot. You can also do different variations of this necklace, by using more than one size of pearls or leaving more space in between. Use your creativity and specially have lots of fun!
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.