21st November 2013
There’s no denying that this season the 90′s grunge mood has taken hold, I find myself climbing into my quilted leather jacket every chance I get (my mum recently commented ‘Ooo that’s very lairy‘ – not quite what I was going for but anyway), and can’t wait to pair it with some DIYed tartan (more on that later). Of course, it wouldn’t be grunge without chain and studs, but sometimes you also want a bit of sparkle, particularly at this time of year. Enter the studded box chain necklace, another of my DIY kits, which combines a touch of punk, with a subtle nod to the holiday season! Read on to see how to make it yourself.
or buy the kit here.
1. Start by measuring the right length of box chain and shortening if required (do this by opening the links using plyers). Then find the middle point by folding it in half. Using the skewer, use place some glue on the top of the chain on the middle link.
2. Add the stud bead and press down. Continue this all the way around, leaving equal gaps between the studs.
3. Turn the chain over so the studs are pointing down and then add the rhinestones in a similar way with the skewer and glue to the top side, placing them above the studs.
4. Once you have finished adding the rhinestones, open up each end of the box chain using plyers.
5. Add the jump ring to one end and close shut, and the jump ring and clasp to the other end and close shut.
Top photo by Sabrina Sikora
15th November 2013
I recently hosted a series of intimate workshops with 7 For All Mankind here in Hong Kong, where we embellished bowties and collars using studs, rhinestones and all manner of other adornments. It was so much fun, and I loved that the bow ties and collars were designed using scrap denim from their factory. Yay for reuse and refashion! It was especially lovely to meet so many other DIY addicts from around Hong Kong and share trade secrets about the best places for DIY material hunting - I can’t wait to do more of these events in the future. Hope you enjoy the recap!
Thank you to the 7 For All Mankind team for having me!
9th October 2013
If there’s one thing Burberry does well it’s a trench coat. Not only have they perfected this iconic and staple piece of clothing, some how every season they’re able to reinvent the humble trench into something you’d never expect. Being a lover of all things shiny and bright, you can imagine that I was pretty happy to see the rhinestone embellished trenches that were part of the resort 14 collection, first brought to my attention by my friend Belen of Spanish blog Balamoda. We decided to do a bit of cross country (ok actually cross globe) DIY, both of us creating a project inspired by this collection with pretty Wander & Hunt rhinestones. Read on to see how to make your own.
Here was our inspiration – the Burberry resort 14 collection.
- a bunch of emerald rhinestones or a kit.
- a trench coat (I picked this one up from a local thrift store for $20)
- a needle and thread
1.To add the rhinestones I glued and sewed them on so they were extra secure (you can just glue/sew only if you can’t be bothered doing both). So start by squeezing some glue onto a piece of paper.
2. Place some glue onto the back of the rhinestone.
3. Press the rhinestone onto the pocket or under the collar of the trench and then use your needle and thread to sew into place.
4. Do this for all the rhinestones, gluing and sewing as you go.
5. I finished off by lining under the collar, so I could wear the collar up for a hint of bling and down for a more casual look.
Simple! I added a few tear drop ones at the end to round it out.
For a slightly different take on the rhinestone trench, make sure you check out Belen’s version! I’m absolutely loving the pretty floral designs she created using the pastel rhinestones.
My outfit photos taken by Sabrina Sikora