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 August 2013
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!
Or check out the kit.
1. Measure the rope to fit your wrist.
2. Cut to size (addicted to fancy scissors).
3. Put some glue in the end cap.
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.
5. Using your pliers, attach the jump ring to one end and the jump ring and lobster clasp to the other end.
6. Space your studs out across the rope to determine where to put them.
7. Put some glue into the stud and then press it onto the rope, clamping down the prongs and allowing to dry overnight.
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).