Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Woven Collar With Jade Beads + For the Makers' Make a Statement Book

For the Makers Book Review // Statement Necklaces

I am a total student of the internet. Over the past 10 years I've learned everything from HTML to soldering just by Googling questions, reading blogs, and watching YouTube videos. I love learning new skills but I hate going to classes. One of my favorite things to do on a weekend is sit in my pjs and discover new techniques to make things, especially jewelry. So when I saw the announcement that one of my favorite companies, For the Makers, was coming out with a book I was so excited.

For the Makers Book Review // Statement Necklaces

I've been a subscriber to For the Makers for over two years and the boxes are always amazing. I love the thought and care for detail that their team puts into every box. One of my favorite things about subscribing is that I learn names for skills and materials that I can't teach myself from Googling. This is the same thing for their new book.

For the Makers Book Review // Statement Necklaces

I might find a piece of jewelry that I really admire but I'd have no idea what the materials to make are called. (And the book has an awesome section of sourcing tips, especially if you're in NYC.) For example this necklace below is so simple and pretty but I had no idea that the thick flat wire was called bezel wire or that there was a taxonomy for the hardness of wire types. Because of the book I was able to order some silver bezel wire from Ebay.

For the Makers Book Review // Statement Necklaces

The first necklace I made from the tips in the Make a Statement book was the woven collar necklace.

For the Makers Statement Necklace

I bought my brass hanging elements from Ebay and I bought the green glass and jade beads for the necklace from this amazing shop called Leekan Designs right north of Chinatown. Even though a lot of stuff in this shop is a bit pricey, you can find something that is affordable and it has a great staff. I always end up talking to one girl who works there about beads, rocks, or dogs.

Leekan Designs, Rivington St. NYC

Following the directions in the book, I used a bunch of chains and findings that I had around. (I buy up lots of broken jewelry on Ebay and use the elements to make new jewelry.)

For the Makers Book Review // Statement Necklaces

Using my dress form was incredibly helpful to get the chain and braided fabric to lay properly in the way that it would around a neck.

For the Makers Book Review // Statement Necklaces

After I had the chains in place I started stitching the beads to the chains and braided fabric.

For the Makers Book Review // Statement Necklaces

The finished necklace!
For the Makers Statement Necklace

If you're interested in learning how to make your own jewelry, I can't recommend this book enough. So excited for Janet, Katie, and the FTM team! :)

For the Makers Book Review // Statement Necklaces










Tuesday, January 13, 2015

DIY Winter Ornament Garland

DIY Winter Ornament Garland

When it comes time to put away all the Christmas decorations, I always get a little bummed to pack all of the things that made our apartment feel so festive. (And the tree always smells so good!) This year I've decided to make decorations for each season to keep the apartment cheerful all year. When I received these geometric ornaments from For the Makers, I thought they were the perfect winter decoration.

DIY Winter Ornament Garland

All of the supplies came from For the Makers' geometric ornament kit except for the wire. I found that it was a lot easier to use the wire instead of thread to make the ornaments faster.
DIY Winter Ornament Garland

After making a few of these geometric ornaments I started getting really interested in other projects similar to this one. I found that there is this beautiful Finnish Christmas tradition called himmeli where people make geometric ornaments to hang around the house and on the tree. Definitely will be making a larger himmeli ornament soon.

DIY Winter Ornament Garland

To make the ornaments yourself, you can get the tutorial over on For the Makers!

DIY Winter Ornament Garland

DIY Winter Ornament Garland

To make the hooks that hold the ornaments to the garland, I twisted a tiny piece of wire into a fish hook shape.
DIY Winter Ornament Garland
DIY Winter Ornament Garland
DIY Winter Ornament Garland
DIY Winter Ornament Garland
DIY Winter Ornament Garland
Displayed on the door next to a beachy Polaroid, I think it might be possible to get through a New York City January and February. :)



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