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inspiration: Rhinestones

DIY CRYSTAL FLARE NECKLACE

As you can probably tell I’ve recently been enjoying DIYing all things rope related, and so when Design Sponge asked me to craft something for their readers I knew it would have to be one part rope, to two parts sparkle. This DIY crystal flare necklace is what I came up with – and its ‘s much easier than it looks! Hoping this gives you a little inspiration for your upcoming weekend projects, it’s been freezing here in Hong Kong over the last week – and by that I mean a comparatively tropical 12 degree celsius (53 fahrenheit) – so what better time to flop on the couch and craft something fun?

make a statement flare necklace with Geneva of a pair and a spare

You need:
  • Rope
  • Superglue
  • A piece of felt
  • Rhinestones
  • Scissors
  • Jewelry plyers
  • Needle and Thread
  • 2 end caps
  • A lobster clasp and jump rings.

Or buy the kit here.

make a statement flare necklace with Geneva of a pair and a spare

How to:
1. Cut out your felt into squares and then plan your design. You may want to draw it or copy the one we have created. Using a toothpick or skewer, put some glue onto the back of the rhinestones.

make a statement flare necklace with Geneva of a pair and a spare

2. Start pressing them onto the middle of the felt and then continue to create your design.

make a statement flare necklace with Geneva of a pair and a spare

3. Once you have made your pattern, let it dry overnight and then cut out your pattern,

make a statement flare necklace with Geneva of a pair and a spare

4.  Make sure to cut as close to the stones as possible so the felt can’t be seen.

make a statement flare necklace with Geneva of a pair and a spare

5. Add glue to the end caps and press them onto the ends of the rope.

make a statement flare necklace with Geneva of a pair and a spare

8. Sew or glue your jewel clusters to the necklace, making sure they are centred.

make a statement flare necklace with Geneva of a pair and a spare

Voila!

make a statement flare necklace with Geneva of a pair and a sparemake a statement flare necklace with Geneva of a pair and a spare

Thanks to the lovely Design Sponge team for having me on board!

DIY STUDDED BOX CHAIN NECKLACE

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.

DIY Studded Box Chain Necklace

You need:

or buy the kit here.

DIY Studded Box Chain Necklace

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.

DIY Studded Box Chain Necklace

2. Add the stud bead and press down. Continue this all the way around, leaving equal gaps between the studs.

DIY Studded Box Chain Necklace

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.

DIY Studded Box Chain Necklace

4. Once you have finished adding the rhinestones, open up each end of the box chain using plyers.

DIY Studded Box Chain Necklace

5. Add the jump ring to one end and close shut, and the jump ring and clasp to the other end and close shut.

DIY Studded Box Chain Necklace

Voila!

DIY Studded Box Chain Necklace

Top photo by Sabrina Sikora

DIY EVENT: BOWTIES AND COLLARS WITH 7 FOR ALL MANKIND

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!

DIY with 7FAM

Thank you to the 7 For All Mankind team for having me!