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inspiration: Jewellery

DIY LEATHER BOW BRACELET

Recently I’ve felt an urge to deck myself out in a few gold bows, maybe it’s a nod to the final golden hours of summer, or the fact that I’m off to Japan this weekend where bows are practically a uniform, but I can’t get enough of them. Recently I created this leather bow bracelet and couldn’t wait to share! Read on to see how.

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When I made this I experimented with different techniques, the first time sewing and the second time gluing like you see below. I found that the finished product was much better with the glued version, but of course if you have a few leather skills you should definitely stitch this using a dart awl to puncture the leather.

You need:

Or grab yourself this fun bow kit here, with lots of different bow jewellery to make.

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How to:

1. Cut two pieces of leather around 1.5 cm (half inch) thick. The largest piece should fit around your wrist with some overlap, and the smaller one should be roughly half the size of the other piece.

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2. Make holes for the stud beads (which will secure the leather on) at both ends.

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2. Add the stud bead to one end.

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3. Now, add glue to the ends of the shorter piece of leather on the right side of both ends.

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4. Press the ends together onto the middle of the base piece of leather.

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5. Add some glue to the middle of the loop of leather and then add the bow on top.

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6. Put a piece of twine or string underneath the bows.

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7. Carefully pull tight so the leather loop creates a bow and the metal bow is sitting in place. Let dry overnight and when dry remove the piece of twine.

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Voila!

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Love DIYing with leather? Grab yourself a leather kit to experiment with here.

DIY FRESH FLOWER BRACELET

In yet another example of my inability to look past Summer and into the next season (reading Elle magazine on the plane recently was devastating – what’s with all the overcoats!? I just wanna see bikinis!), a little while ago I got together with my girl Gemma to create a super simple fresh flower bracelet. This is one of those things that would be perfect for a picnic or any sort of outdoor soiree – as long as you’re not allergic to bees! I which case this would definitely better in a silk flower version.

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You need:

  • Sturdy fresh flowers (we used roses but anything that won’t fall apart too easily would work).
  • Florist wire
  • scissors
  • lobster clasps and jump rings

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How to:

1. Cut your flowers so they have about 5cm (2 inches) of stalk, then cut a piece of florists wire. Start wrapping the flowers with wire.

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2. Once the first flower is wrapped on, add more flowers along the wire and connect by wrapping.

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3. Keep going, measuring as you go along to make sure it is going to fit your wrist.

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4. Once it’s the right length, add the lobster clasp and the jump rings.

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Voila!

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I can so see this made in some gorgeous burgundy roses – the perfect living accessory.

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Thanks Gemma for such a cute idea!

OUTFIT: MY WEEK WITH FERRAGAMO

You may remember that the week before last started with a long lunch and cocktail making, and I’m happy to say that it progressed in much the same manner, with off the shoulder top making (a dress version is in the works!),  loads of new denim DIYs,  hangs at my favourite cafe (the internet stopped working in the studio) and a few lunches that were fancy enough to warrant wearing heels (possibly lured by the promise of free food!). Clearly a great week to spend styling the new Ferragamo Buckle collection!

That’s not to say the week didn’t have its challenges. There was the afternoon my taxi driver (whose aircon was broken) took me to Deep Water Bay instead of Clear Water Bay, hello hour long diversion –  that will teach me to play candy crush! Or when the elevator broke down and I was stuck in it for 45 minutes… But that’s life right? All in all it was its usual roller coaster-y self, but I guess that’s what makes the good bits great! Read on for a few pics of the week – crafting, tapping a keyboard and trying to stay out of the rain. And yes, for your viewing pleasure I’ve glossed over the 1 zillion emails ;)

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Wearing: Ferragamo Buckle Collection

Stay tuned tomorrow to see what I was crafting in the studio (there’s both fringe and floral involved!).

Photos by Marion Tessier