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!

DIY: Beaded Friendship Bracelets

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Summer is almost officially over, but don’t let the September chill put a freeze on your friendships! Cement those ties you made during the warmer months with these fun friendship bracelets that feature beads and dainty little charms.
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What You’ll Need:
8mm Czech Glass Colored Pearl
1 3/4” Silver Celtic Key Charm
Elastic String
Jump Rings
Pliers
ScissorsDSC_04041. Wrap your elastic string around your wrist to gauge how big your bracelet needs to be. Leave an inch or two to tie a knot.

DSC_04072. Tie a knot at one end.

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3. Add on beads.

DSC_04184. Take the end and tie to the other end in a knot.

DSC_04215. Open up a jump ring and add a charm.DSC_04236. Close jump ring with the charm attached, anywhere onto the bracelet.

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Favorite DIYs of July

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Summer is always a fun time to DIY because the projects can get bigger, more messy, and brighter! From accessories to art, bloggers have been crafting their hearts out making the coolest projects! Below you’ll find a snapshot of some of our July favorites that really expanded our creativity!
Gold Bulb ChandelierBrit + Co made the coolest chandelier using painted gold bulbs with larger circular ones. We love the clustered effect of this modern chandelier, and wouldn’t mind having it in every room of the house!

 

6a00d8358081ff69e201a511e22506970c-800wiThis month the beautiful sisters from A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make a simple beaded necklace. When working with natural gemstones, sometimes all you need is something simple to showcase their inherent beauty.

Bridal-Shower-Invitations-MintedThese bridal shower invites from Creme de la Craft are beyond adorable, and just go to show you that it’s the details that make all the difference.

watercolor-napkins-8We love the watercolor trend, especially on these beautiful napkins from Paper and Stitch! They’re the perfect addition to your dinner party place settings.

Sticker Mandala

From far away this looks like a piece of traditional Hindu art, but this mandala is definitely modern! Upon closer inspection you’ll find an array of different stickers that are sure to put a smile on your face. We love the stickers they picked out at HonestlyWTF.

DIY: Chainette Fringe Earrings

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These beautiful tassel earrings pair two great spring colors and fun textures to create a dynamic statement accessory set. We love the glint of the sew-on jewel combined with the soft sway of the chainette fringe used to make the tassel. DSC_0413 Pink 4” Chainette Fringe (Pink)

Jade Green 18mm x 13mm Octagon Jewel W/2 Holes (Jade Green) #39210

Jump rings

Earring hooks

E6000

Scissors

Pliers


DSC_0416 DSC_04171. Lay your chainette fringe down flat, and glue a quarter over an inch. Take a quarter inch, and glue that over as well. Repeat about 4 times until you have a tassel, and let dry.

DSC_04222. Loop a jump ring through one of the chainette loops. Place the sew-on stone through the same jump ring and close.

DSC_04273. Take another jump ring and loop through the top of the sew-on hole. Then close the jump ring.

DSC_04294. Take your last jump ring and loop through the jump ring you just closed. Add the earring hook and close jump ring.

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Drop Earring Inspiration

 

 

As of late, we’ve been seeing a lot of beautiful statement stud earrings. And why not? They’re dainty, small, and can be worn without being too distracting. While we’re huge fans of these tiny ear gems, we’d also like to give a shout out to their longer and more flashy counterparts. The beautiful earrings below are some of our favorite dangling “drop” earrings. We love these types of earrings because not only do they provide extra bling, but they also seem to dance when you move, a feature that is found in almost no other jewelry! c6b5d7702c4b9efd4fad36c2875d203b

 

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What are your favorite types of earrings? If you prefer the stud, would you be willing to give the drops a try?

 

Quick and Easy DIY Roundup

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Let’s face it, everyone likes a little instant gratification once in a while. Whether it’s getting next-day shipping on those boots, ordering a cheeseburger through the drive-through, or eating your dessert way before dinner time, there’s a feeling of satisfaction when you get something right when you want it. Weekends are perfect for tackling long DIYs, but sometimes you just want to make something in five minutes and enjoy it!

Washi-0-Featured-645x429These easy DIYs made with washi tape from Brit + Co can be made while watching an episode of your favorite half hour sitcom with time to spare for a coffee break.

wool-felt-ball-coaster-1Speaking of coffee, make a rug for your mug with tiny felt balls! This colorful DIY from Inspired by Charm can be completed before your coffee even cools!

ispydiy_homefinds4While the jewelry that I Spy DIY made LOOKS like it took forever, we’re happy to report that it was quick and simple.

old_mantelwebWhile it may take more than a few minutes to figure out the secrets to alchemy, you can always fake it with this gilded bookend DIY from Design Sponge!

IMG_2120This set of key wristlets from Lizinspiration is the perfect DIY for us. With our selection of ribbons, we’re going to have to start making keys just so we can make all of our fabulous color combinations!

 

 

 

DIY Tips and Tricks: Jewelry

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Jewelry-making is a popular way to DIY right now because the projects are usually quick, easy, and the results are stunning. There’s also the added bonus of having a completely custom piece that will have all of your friends asking where you got it! While making jewelry is usually a simple affair, there are a few things you can do to make it even easier!

Rhinestones

When working with rhinestones, a crystal jewel setter is your best friend. It allows you to easily pick up and place rhinestones without the hassle of turning them over and fiddling around with them manually. It also allows for more precision. Don’t have a jewel setter? A toothpick with beeswax on the tip works just as well.

Opening jump rings the right way is a lesson that will help you throughout jewelry making. Almost every piece needs a jump ring to attach closures! Check out our video to see how to open and close jump rings properly, so that you aren’t stuck with that annoying gap.

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Keep it in a caddy. With all of the tiny beads and charms floating around, its good to keep them organized so that you’re able to find the exact piece you need when you need it.

Chain

When it comes to buying supplies, the least noticeable parts are probably the most important. When buying thread or chain, make sure to get the good stuff, or at least the medium stuff. If you’re using a mediocre chain or thread to keep your item together it could easily snap and break.

 

Lace Jewelry Inspiration

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We love an unconventional approach to jewelry as much as the next fashionista, but we especially adore jewelry that’s made out of one of our favorite trims: lace! It’s romantic, has a vintage vibe, and is light and perfect for spring.
il_fullxfull.592495399_10z7Sequins and an ombre dye are one way to liven up a pair of earrings!

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a38e9fbcffcbe2f7a0ce2a66397636a2Jazz up your lace with a bright color to make it more playful and less precious-looking!
il_570xN.317724348The best part about the lace used on this necklace is its natural appeal. Each piece looks like a long and elegant feather or leaf.
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Do you love lace jewelry as much as we do? Let us know below!

Foray Into Floral Accessories

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Florals are big this spring, but sometimes the best outfits embrace trends subtly. Try these floral accessories on for size if you like to test-drive trends without the commitment of an entire outfit.

Flower Hair Comb from Etsy

Spring is the most popular time for weddings, and this flower hair comb is the ideal addition to any formal hairstyle. It’s garden party perfect!

Floral Bag and Shoes

Flower look better when mixed together, hence the invention of bouquets. But the same goes for fashion! Don’t be scared to mix floral prints, especially when the canvas is as small as an accessory piece.

Floral Rings and Bracelets

Stack those buds on your tips and wrists for a bohemian bouquet of jewelry.

Flowers on a Hat

We love this fun hat from Fashion Week! It’s whimsical, really beautiful, and easily DIY-able.

Pink and Purple Floral Umbrella

April showers bring April flowers! This beautiful floral umbrella will cheer up even the gloomiest rainy day.

Tassel Fashion DIY Roundup

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Tassels used to conjure up images of old dusty libraries with curtains that weigh more than a small car. They were seen as antiquated and out of style. Now tassels are back with a bubbly vengeance, and they’re making their way into your closet!

Tiny Tassel Bracelet from Maize Hutton

This cute bracelet from Maize Hutton is so colorful, and a perfect addition to your spring jewelry box!

Tassel Shoes from Honestly WTF

These tassel heels from Honestly WTF are such an amazing upgrade to a basic pump! This look is so easy to DIY with cord and single tassels.

Vanilla and Lace Tassel Accent Skirt

The tassels on this skirt from Vanilla and Lace add a fun and whimsical feeling to this already feminine piece. We love how they add just a touch of color to an all-white canvas.

The Sweetest Occasion Tassel Necklace

These tiny tassel necklaces from The Sweetest Occasion are so easy to make. You can make a bunch to coordinate with any outfit!

Gina Michele Yellow Drop Earrings

These tassel earrings from Gina Michelle are gorgeous! Their skinny style and long length makes them look so sleek.

Would you rock tassels on your clothes, or do you prefer keeping them on decor only? Let us know below!