11th April 2014
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!
- A brass cuff (you get a small and large cuff in each kit)
- A skewer for application
1. Dab a bit of glue on a piece of paper.
2. Using the skewer, apply some glue to back of the stone.
3. After cleaning the cuff surface well, start placing your gems around the cuff in your chosen design – get crazy!
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.
The possibilities are pretty much endless, wouldn’t you agree?
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.
11th March 2014
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?!)
- Some black rope
- Small pearls (I used 1cm ones)
- Sunglass strap rubber findings
- 2 silver ends caps
- white cord
Most of the supplies can be bought in this pearl embellishment kit!
1. Cut two pieces of leather cord roughly 25cm (10 in) each.
2. Tie the strap findings onto the leather cord, leaving a 2.5cm (1 in) tai of cord after the knot.
3. Thread the pearls onto the cord. Keep going until both are filled all the way with pearls.
4. Tie the end cap onto the end.
5. For a more tidy finish, thread the end of the leather cord through the pearls along the other side of the cord.
6. Do that to both.
7. Put some glue into the end caps.
8. Push the rope into the end cap.
9. Allow to dry overnight.
7th February 2014
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.
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.
1. Measure your wrist, taking into account that the lobster clasp will add around 2.5cm (1 inch) to the length of the bracelet.
2. Cut your cotton ribbon to size.
3. Put come glue onto a piece of paper and then lay out your rhinestone pattern.
4. Put some glue on the back of the rhinestones, make sure you do this in a well ventilated space.
5. Press onto the ribbon, making sure to centre the design.
6. Once you’re finished, leave to dry overnight.
7. Once your bracelet is dry, flip it over and fold the edge slightly.
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.
9. To avoid scratching the clamp, place some fabric over the clamp before pressing it down using plyers to secure the ribbon.
10. Add the lobster clasp and jump ring to one end, and the bigger jump ring to the other end.