inspiration: Beads

DIY GEM EMBELLISHED CUFFS

Just in time for the madness that is Coachella weekend, to me these gem embellished brass cuffs reflect the very best things about the start of summer – sun, music and all my best friends (those who make together stay together right?). Even if for you this weekend is more couch surfing than crowd surfing (I’m going to raise my hand on that one), these cuffs will give you all the palm-tree-and-denim-cut-off inspired sparkle you need.  Trust me.

I have to say I myself am in need of some cheering up – my own holiday has come to an abrupt end and after one of those awful overnight flights I’m back in the office. Instead of feeling down I did what I love to do most – make something.  Namely 20 or so different designs for these cuff kit sets (pastel gem version & marble gem version) I’ve designed for Wander & Hunt. Admittedly I nodded off a few times, hey, three hours of sleep will do that to you, but it certainly helped me pass the day. For those of you who are interested, you get a small and a big brass cuff in each kit, and can mix and match the stones to your heart’s content!

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You need:

  • A brass cuff (you get a small and large cuff in each kit)
  • Rhinestones
  • Glue
  • A skewer for application

You can buy the kits over at Wander & Hunt and can choose from Pastel Gems or Marble Gems.

Gem Embellished Cuffs

How to

1. Dab a bit of glue on a piece of paper.

Gem Embellished Cuffs

2. Using the skewer, apply some glue to back of the stone.

Gem Embellished Cuffs

3. After cleaning the cuff surface well, start placing your gems around the cuff in your chosen design – get crazy!

Gem Embellished Cuffs

4. Work your way all the way around, creating the design you feel reflects you – pared back or more is more – the choice is completely yours. Once you’re done leave to dry overnight.

Gem Embellished Cuffs

Voila!
Gem Embellished Cuffs

The possibilities are pretty much endless, wouldn’t you agree?

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Now for the big question, are you a marble gem person or a pastel gem person?

I hope you guys have a lovely weekend, regardless of whether it’s Coachella or couch-ella.

DIY PEARL SUNGLASS STRAP

My affair with everything pearly continues, first it was the earrings and now I’ve graduated to a summer essential accessory – the  sunglass strap. I spied a little bit of inspiration on Pinterest (and tracked it down to here) a little while ago and, although at first glace the pearl sunglass attachment reminded me a little of my grandmother and her backgammon playing friends, once again this pearly number grew on me (much like mold on the walls of a Hong Kong apartment!). After a while I found myself itching to create something similar, I figured as long as I wore it sans twin set and ladies bermuda shorts I wouldn’t have to worry about being herded onto a mini bus bound for the shopping centre with all the other old biddies. But only time will tell!

With my Pearl Embellishment Kit in hand I set about creating this project – it took no time at all and has gone a pretty long way to curing my ‘when is this @$%#ing winter going to end?’ blues. (But seriously, When?!)

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You need:

  • Some black rope
  • Small pearls (I used 1cm ones)
  • Sunglass strap rubber findings
  • 2 silver ends caps
  • glue
  • scissors
  • white cord

Most of the supplies can be bought in this pearl embellishment kit!

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

1. Cut two pieces of leather cord roughly 25cm (10 in) each.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

2. Tie the strap findings onto the leather cord, leaving a 2.5cm (1 in) tai of cord after the knot.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

3. Thread the pearls onto the cord. Keep going until both are filled all the way with pearls.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

4. Tie the end cap onto the end.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

5. For a more tidy finish, thread the end of the leather cord through the pearls along the other side of the cord.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

6. Do that to both.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

7.  Put some glue into the end caps.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

8. Push the rope into the end cap.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

9. Allow to dry overnight.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

Voila!

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Photo of me by Marion and Ana.

DIY JEWELED RIBBON BRACELETS

There’s nothing better than a bit of sparkle on your wrist to get you through the inevitable February slump. With that in mind, I recently crafted these jeweled bracelets, which are available to buy as a kit here (you get three per pack!), perfect for making for friends or stacking your whole wrist. Why wait for something pretty to be given to you this Valentines, when you can make something for yourself? Read on to see how I made them.

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You need:

You can buy the kit I designed here, with enough supplies to make three multi coloured bracelets. You can choose from emerald, grey and cream or pink, green and blue.

Make your own jeweled ribbon bracelets

How to:

1. Measure your wrist, taking into account that the lobster clasp will add around 2.5cm (1 inch) to the length of the bracelet.

Make a jeweled ribbon bracelet

2. Cut your cotton ribbon to size.

Make a jeweled ribbon bracelet

3. Put come glue onto a piece of paper  and then lay out your rhinestone pattern.

Make a jeweled ribbon bracelet

4. Put some glue on the back of the rhinestones, make sure you do this in a well ventilated space.

Make a jeweled ribbon bracelet

5. Press onto the ribbon, making sure to centre the design.

Make a jeweled ribbon bracelet

6. Once you’re finished, leave to dry overnight.

Make a jeweled ribbon bracelet

7. Once your bracelet is dry, flip it over and fold the edge slightly.

Make a jeweled ribbon bracelet

8. Press the ribbon into the clamp, adding some glue to both the inside of the clasp and between the folded ribbon to secure it in place.

Make a jeweled ribbon bracelet

9.  To avoid scratching the clamp, place some fabric over the clamp before pressing it down using plyers to secure the ribbon.

Make a jeweled ribbon bracelet

10. Add the lobster clasp and jump ring to one end, and the bigger jump ring to the other end.

Make a jeweled ribbon bracelet

Voila!

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You can check out my other DIY kits here, including the DIY transparent satchel which is now back in stock.