Just popping by to share this post I wrote over on Scarves Dot Net about how to make a constellation infinity scarf! And the space themes continue. ;)
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
When I was growing up, I was obsessed with Sculpey clay. I used the clay and made everything from teeny versions of my dogs, to little armies of penguins, to an entire farmyard of clay barn animals. (I can't even remember how many of my 4-H projects had clay critters in them. :)) As I've gotten older, I kind of forgot about my love for clay until I received the April For the Makers box.
The All-Inclusive Collection
While I really love the Surfside Necklace tutorial that was included in the box, when I saw this version on their blog from another subscriber, I had to try something like it.
Photo by @Kirimoth
To make my Banana Chips Necklace, (Does it not look exactly like banana chips in jewelry form?) you need two different colors of Sculpey clay and some leather cord.
To make the ombre effect, I mixed the yellow and white clay together in different amounts and kneaded + blended them together. Then I rolled them out so they they were all in equal little tube shapes and cut the clay rolls into equal shapes. I rolled those little shapes into balls, squished them into a banana chip shape on a baking sheet, and then cut a hole in the middle.
After I baked the clay, I strung them on the cord and tied a sliding knot. (If you need a better tutorial for the knot, check out the For the Makers tutorial.) :)
A necklace fit for spring.
I took these photos right on Park Avenue where there are these amazing beds of red tulips all up and down the street.
New York in the spring isn't half bad. ♥
More DIY necklaces:
DIY Sparkly Statement Necklace | Mint Sunburst Necklace | Malachite Statement Necklace | Agate Statement Necklace | Montauk Rock Necklace | Pink Ocean Stones Necklace
Friday, April 26, 2013
A few months back, I was walking through an Anthropologie store and I saw the most incredible necklace on display. The muted tones, the girly details, the unique shape-- I was swooning harder than a lonely teenage wallflower at a middle school dance.
I have no idea who made this necklace, I couldn't find it anywhere online. It was in the cabinet where Anthropologie puts the more expensive and one-of-a-kind jewelry.
I started by cutting out the necklace pattern I wanted and then I stitched all of my taupe leather scraps into that shape. I *hate* wasting even a little bit of leather, so I was pretty happy that I was able to stitch a bunch of leather remnants together to make this.
The reason I initially decided to make this necklace was because of a few of the rocks I picked up on the beach in Montauk. As I was looking at the little bounty of beach rocks, I saw that one of them looked like the main stone in the Anthropologie necklace. #fate (Also, I only picked up that rock because I thought it totally looked like a dinosaur egg.)
To get the stones attached to the necklace, I used a bit of 7800 Adhesive.
Then I began stitching all the little details around the necklace. I stitched some rhinestone chains to the necklace when Adele, Sean, and I had a picnic in Central Park. There is nothing better than a nice afternoon with your sewing kit in the park. Le sigh. ;)
While I got a lot of the details for the necklace from the trimmings shop in midtown and Michael's, I also used some crystals and a heat setting tool from iLovetoCreate. It is super fun to apply the crystals with this tool, I really loved the sparkly dimension that they added to the necklace. :)
For the clasp and the top beads, I strung together some pearls from this Jewelry Class in a Box and pink glass beads. Then I added the toggle clasp with a jump ring.
I love the way rhinestone chain looks stitched around things.
The beach stone.
The finished necklace.
I wore this necklace for the first time last weekend when we were showing my little sister around the city. These photos were taken right next to the New York Public Library, overlooking Bryant Park. :)
The perfect necklace for a spring day in the city. :)
See more of the necklaces I've been making lately!
DIY Sparkly Statement Necklace | Mint Sunburst Necklace | Malachite Statement Necklace | Agate Statement Necklace | Montauk Rock Necklace