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inspiration: Embellished

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 JEWELED CLUTCH

Greetings from Brisbane! In case you haven’t caught up on instagram lately, I’m feeling pretty lucky to have spent the last few days exploring Bali, beach hopping, paddy field wandering and stray dog running (away from that is). An idyllic trip came to an abrupt end last night with the chaos and queues of Denpasar Airport – a seething humanity that served as great reminder that life isn’t all fresh pineapple juice and afternoon naps. Back to reality!

On that summery, beach loving note, I’m excited to share with you what may be one of my favourite projects of all time (I know, I know, I say this allll the time but seriously, this one is pretty special) – and a new kit you can pick up from Wander & Hunt – the Jeweled Clutch. So simple to make and the pastel stones are the perfect accompaniment to a long cool drink in the summer. Oh and for those of you who are a clumsy as me, the bag  comes with a detachable chain strap so you don’t drop it *cue fist pump*.

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You need:

  • Some rhinestones
  • Glue
  • a Box clutch
  • a skewer

You can buy the kit here (available in a pastel pink on black version too!).

This is a fairly simple project, and for me the fun lies in laying out your jewels and experimenting with patterns. There are so many great options – I made sure to include a bunch of different stones so you can play around with the design and make it! A good idea is to place your design out without any glue on it, this allows you to see what the design will be like before committing.

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How to:

1. Put some glue on a piece of paper and then use your skewer to put a layer of glue onto the back of the big central rhinestone.

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2.  The big metallic stone is a great one to base the design on. In the blue version I put it vertical and in the pink version I put it horizontal – it’s up to you!

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3. Add your stones in patterns all the way around, making sure to press them down securely so that they don’t fall off when you’re using it. You can make your design as intricate to pared back as you chose, personally I liked it to have lots of stones so went with a more intricate design, but each to their own!

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Voila!

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Buy the kit here.

DIY DOLCE & GABBANA INSPIRED COIN EARRINGS

When it comes to DIY inspiration, Dolce & Gabbana never fail to provide a cornucopia. Season after season their intricate collections inspire me to get crafty, the detail in their jewellery, handbags and shoes alone is enough to have me rushing to my local craft store for supplies. And don’t even get me started on the clothes! This season the pair were inspired by the Greco – Roman history of Sicily, and depicted that in (amongst other things) layers of coin embellished accessories. Bags, shoes, oversized necklaces and indeed earrings all got fiscally embellished – and I loved it! I thought what better way to pay homage to my recent outgoing financial commitments (ahem, studio rent…) than to craft a pair of coin earrings. Hoping wearing coins on my ears helps them stay in my pockets! If you’re struggling to grind supplies, I used this cute DIY kit which comes with enough to make a few coin embellished projects.

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This was the inspiration from the show (aren’t the flowers in the hair to die for?).

diy inspiration a pair and a spare

You need:

  • 10 gold coins
  • 2 gold floral discs
  • earring posts
  • glue
  • skewer
  • plyers

You can find all the supplies you need in this kit (with enough to make a matching necklace or bracelet)

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How to:

1. Start by laying out your earrings as shown below.

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2. Add a jump ring to the bottom of one of the gold discs.

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3. Put a coin onto the jump ring and close it. Do the same for two more coins, making sure to evenly space them.

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4. Add a jump ring to the centre of the top (make sure it is directly in line with the middle coin at the bottom).

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5. Add two coins to the top jump ring and close it. One you do that you can flip one of the coins up.

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6. Using the skewer, add some glue to the base of the post.

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7. press onto the back of the flipped up coin and let it dry overnight.

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Voila!

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Inspiration image here.