October 30, 2014

DIY: Filigree Bat Necklace with Free Template

Got time for a quick craft before your Halloween festivities? I whipped up this crazy beautiful (in my opinion) filigree bat in Photoshop and made a necklace out of it. Since I am but a poor maker with no fancy equipment such as a laser cutter (which I am still pining for, by the way) - I made do with one of my favorite materials, shrink plastic. 


Supplies:

  • Shrink plastic
  • Template
  • Die-cutter (optional) or
  • X-acto knife



Cut your template - obviously this craft comes together really fast if you have a cutting machine, but you can always cut it by hand (God knows that's what I did before I got my cutting machine). Bake according to the package's instructions. Someone tipped me to use a ceramic tile when baking shrink plastic, and it's true - it gives you great results! I was totally amazed.


Spray paint the bat with your preferred color (in my case, a matte black) and attach your chain. I chose an antique brass colored chain, but I'm still on the border on whether I should've used silver instead, or maybe even a gunmetal gray one. 


Admire your creation (or strut around while wearing it)! I love how it turned out. If you're not feeling the necklace, you can always make smaller ones to wear as trapeze earrings.


Sometimes you just have bad days - I tried to take photos of myself wearing it but I just wasn't feeling the photo session and ended up deleting them all. Do you have days like that?


I am into skulls the most, but I fell in love with this delicate bat right here. Seems like I'm so into delicate  stuff lately -What Halloween 'creature' do you love the most? Don't forget to download your template below and have a scary Halloween! :)
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October 24, 2014

DIY: Statement Necklace from Earring Findings

Everyone knows I love making jewelry. I also love repurposing materials - so when I got these filigree earring findings from Beadmixer (among other awesome things I'll hopefully be sharing with you over the weeks) I thought of making them into a statement necklace. See how I did it!


Supplies


Layout how you want your earring findings to be. I wanted a cluster of three, so I positioned them like so. Be aware of where you want them to connect.


The ones I had had middles that I added cabochons to, so if you have similar ones attach flatback cabochons or something similar to them using E600 glue. Of course, wait for them to dry before proceeding to the next step. 


Cut off a piece of acrylic or plastic smaller than the statement necklace grouping. 


Attach your findings onto the plastic piece using E6000 and wait for that to dry. 


While waiting for that to dry, take some nail polish (that has a similar color to the cabochons you used) and paint the connectors. Wait for those to dry fully, about 6 hours. It might be best if you do this step the night before you make the necklace. Attach a clear glass cabochon on top if you prefer - but I like the look of flat discs so I left them like so. 


Cut up two lengths of chain (mine was about 2 inches each) and attach to either side of the main necklace piece. Attach a disc connector on the other end of each chain length. 


After this, determine the length of the necklace that you want, cut up a length of chain equivalent to it and attach one end on a disc connector, repeating the process on the other end. Find the middle of the chain open the link and remove it and you'll have to chain ends. Attach a lobster claps to one end and a jump ring on the other and you are done!


I love how delicate this looks, but it's really easy to make and is a guaranteed stunner. 


I would love to make other pieces like this, but maybe with more connectors or beads next time. Don't you think? Beadmixer has a ton of products like this, among others (rhinestones, dragonskin cabochons, a looooot of other awesome things) so be sure to take a peek at what they have to offer.


Would you wear a necklace like this?



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October 22, 2014

DIY: Typographic Glitter Tattoos

I recently got the chance to try out Tulip Body Art's glitter tattoo kits and I must say they're so fun to use. I had a million ideas buzzing in my head but since I am a font junkie I decided to make these cute tattoos. Check out the step-by-step in the tutorial!


What's more is there are a ton of available stencils for you to use with these glitter kits so I suggest you check them out :)

Don't forget to check them out by clicking any of the photos above or the link below!


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October 21, 2014

Rustic Woodburned Ring Box at Live Craft Love

If you've ever wondered how to customize your own ring box for weddings, jewelry and the like, I've got you covered. I recently got a woodburning kit from Darice to try out - it's one of the things I've wanted to try out for a long time now but haven't really gotten the chance to.


Once you get the hang of it it's pretty easy and really enjoyable - just be sure to wear protective gear as the woodburner gets pretty hot after a while. 


After finishing it, here's how it turned out. Interested on learning how to make your own and to know some first hand tips and tricks (from a newbie..)? Check out the post I shared for Live Craft Love and enjoy making your own!



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