Monday, October 27, 2014

DIY Porcupine Quill Earrings + Necklace, Shot in Paris

DIY Porcupine Earrings and Necklace

Over the past couple years I've grown really interested in jewelry created from natural objects. From rocks to more rocks and shells, my jewelry collection is getting a little out of hand. The stuff I make isn't something you can wear every day, but it's so therapeutic to me to sit sewing or soldering at night after work that I can't stop doing it. My favorite way to relax out of the NYC bustle is to plop down on the couch with Netflix and a cocktail working on a new jewelry project.

While we were in Paris over a month ago, I photographed my newest natural element jewelry projects-- a pair of porcupine quill earrings and a porcupine quill necklace.

DIY Porcupine Earrings and Necklace

Supplies you need:
-Porcupine quills (I bought two batches on Ebay.)
-Ear wires
-End caps. I can't find the exact ones I used online, but they are similar to this, or this, or this, or this.
-Jump rings
-Earring hooks
-E6000 super glue

DIY Porcupine Earrings and Necklace

To make the jewelry it is incredibly simple. The hardest part is rounding up all of the supplies. Once you cut the porcupine quill to the length you want, just glue it inside the end cap and use a jump ring to attach the end cap to the earring hook. For the Makers always has really awesome jump ring tutorials. :)

For the earrings I used African porcupine quills and for the necklace I used North American porcupine quills.

DIY Porcupine Earrings and Necklace

I photographed the set of jewelry as Sean and I were exploring around the Louvre in Paris.

DIY Porcupine Earrings and Necklace

DIY Porcupine Earrings and Necklace

One of my favorite things about traveling in pedestrian cities is how fun it is to have little picnics on benches. On regular days I eat a lot of cheese... But in Paris it was shameful. (It's just so cheap and fresh!)

DIY Porcupine Earrings and Necklace

DIY Porcupine Earrings and Necklace

DIY Porcupine Earrings and Necklace

DIY Porcupine Earrings and Necklace

DIY Porcupine Earrings and Necklace

DIY Porcupine Earrings and Necklace

One funny thing about the African quills vs. the North American quills is that I had to file them down a bit, but in completely different ways. The North American porcupine quills, while tiny, are actually barbed and they stab into your shirt repeatedly if you don't take a nail file to the lower portions of them. The African quills are super sturdy and sharp... So you might give yourself a puncture wound in the shoulder if you don't dull them up a bit. :)

DIY Porcupine Earrings and Necklace

DIY Porcupine Earrings and Necklace

DIY Porcupine Earrings and Necklace

DIY Porcupine Earrings and Necklace

And if you don't want to make a pair of earrings yourself, I've got a few for sale in my Etsy shop!




Friday, October 3, 2014

My Lomography La Sardina DIY Camera + Win One of Your Own!

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY
The first time I really got into analogue photography was when I decorated a Holga camera back in 2010.

holga camera

I love messing around with my Holga camera and Polaroid cameras. There are so many surprises and accidents that make this type of photography so fun, and no one embraces this culture and art form better than Lomography. When my friend Juan at Lomography asked me if I wanted to embellish a Sardina camera and be a part of the DIY Sardina exhibit that they held in August, I felt really honored to be asked. :)

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY Photo via Lomography

More than the other toy cameras, the Sardina has always been a crafty canvas for photography lovers. I loved looking around at what other folks made on their cameras before I started on mine.

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY
Photo via Lomography

The Sardina comes in black and white-- I chose the white for a completely blank canvas. :)

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

I thought a long time about the design that I wanted to make on the Sardina and I settled on using a paint-by-number section of a beer label that I really liked.

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

I cut out all of the sections from the beer label to cover the camera and then used matte Mod Podge to adhere them to the Sardina.

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

I'm still waiting to get some of my Sardina pics back from development but I can't wait to see the accidental + serendipitous pics. :) As a special offer, the folks at Lomography are letting me host a giveaway where you can win a Sardina camera for yourself! All you need to do is go here and fill out the Google form! Winner will be announced at the bottom of this post on the 17th of October. ***Update on 10/20: Just pinged the folks at Lomography to pick someone-- hold tight!

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And be sure to follow Lomography USA on Facebook for more camera updates!
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