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inspiration: Studs

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!

DIY STUDDED ROPE BRACELET

Thank you for the warm birthday wishes yesterday via instagram – I gave myself the day off and it was so good! Was contemplating a ‘screen free’ day, but it’s a bit hard when calls from parents and friends inevitably leads to a quick instagram check and spirals out of control from there (makes me think of this). An additional year brings clarity (I think…), a few fleeting ‘omg what am I doing’ thoughts and a whole lot of enthusiasm for working harder – oh and relief that no matter how old I get, my boyfriend will always be 4 years older. Yay! On an unrelated note, my addiction to anything involving rope or studs has spawned the studded rope bracelet. Read on to see how!

DIY Studded Rope Bracelet A Pair and A Spare

You need:

Or check out the kit.

DIY Studded Rope Bracelet A Pair and A Spare

How to:

1. Measure the rope to fit your wrist.

DIY Studded Rope Bracelet A Pair and A Spare

2. Cut to size (addicted to fancy scissors).

DIY Studded Rope Bracelet A Pair and A Spare

3. Put some glue in the end cap.

DIY Studded Rope Bracelet A Pair and A Spare

4. Press an end cap onto both ends of the rope, making sure to remove the tape from the ends of the rope (if there is any) and pushing it in so you get a snug fit.

DIY Studded Rope Bracelet A Pair and A Spare

5. Using your pliers, attach the jump ring to one end and the jump ring and lobster clasp to the other end.

DIY Studded Rope Bracelet A Pair and A Spare

6. Space your studs out across the rope to determine where to put them.

DIY Studded Rope Bracelet A Pair and A Spare

7. Put some glue into the stud and then press it onto the rope, clamping down the prongs and allowing to dry overnight.

DIY Studded Rope Bracelet A Pair and A Spare

Et voila!

DIY Studded Rope Bracelet

Searching for the right materials? You can buy the kit for this project here – with enough supplies to make 2 bracelets it’s perfect for a DIY party with a BFF (or BFFN – best friend for now).