Thursday

DIY COLLAR NECKLACES






I have been on a collar making binge these past couple days. The pads of my fingers ache like crazy!

I've been seeing collars everywhere, from cut-out button down collars to ones made of lace appliques. I love how DIY-able they are. After spending $12 or so on a pearl collar necklace at H&M, I wanted to try and make some collars myself.

Because I have always been one to overkill, I made 12.




I  don't have a 'for sure" tutorial for this... but this is pretty much the gist. I guess that is the beauty of collars, you can use whatever chain you want in whatever length in whatever size.

 It's pretty simple too, you just need a crap ton of chain and jump rings, clasps too if the necklace is too short to go over your head

Some of the collars I made were from scrap pieces of chain I had laying around. Some of the brass ones are made from chain I still had from a trip to Korea years ago.

 After the ninth or so one, I guess I went a little crazy with my combos.





First off, I measured how long I wanted my necklace to be and added my clasps.






Right in the middle I attached a jump-ring and added the two lengths of chain that were going to be the  collar.





Then I attached the ends to the necklace length. I kept all my necklaces symmetrical, but it might be fun to make one side a lot longer? Maybe?

On a couple of the necklaces, I ended it here. For others,  I 'filled' the chain in, which meant I had to measure out and cut various lengths of chain.




It is a lot of measuring and holding up to my neck to figure out if the lengths were okay.


Here is the finished piece!





It's actually super simple, but kind of time-consuming with all the measuring and jump-ring opening. (Oh, the jump-rings!)

You can always get more fancy, mix metals, add strings of pearls or beads, make everything out of seed beads, stud it out, sequin it out, add lace, twist some embroidery floss, add charms, add spikes.... the options are endless.

They can be worn high or low as long as your lobster clasp can fit through the chain.


Thanks for reading!
- A

Wednesday

Neon Geo Bobby Pins

I basically live in all black, but since neon is so huge this season I wanted to work it into my wardrobe somehow. A little pop of neon in my hair seemed perfect.

First off, we need our beads.

I have a tutorial already made for these geo beads which can be found here, but for this round, I basically followed Dismount Creative's tut.



The clay was hard as hell to condition, so I used a spoon to help me lol. 

Now to the actual bobby pins.


MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:
BEADS
BOBBY PINS
GLUE



Put a dollop of glue on your bobby pin and then place your bead on top. It's that simple!



Perfect for pulling my bangs back.



Thanks for reading!
- A


ps, I finally made a twitter, follow me at @HelloWhimsyBlog and watch me struggle to figure it out (:

Monday

EARRING TUTORIAL: spikes & crosses


Hey everyone, I have another earring tutorial I want to share.



You will also need wire cutters/pliers.

Okay, first off, how gorgeous are these cross beads? I got them on sale at a local bead store. They're almost too large for earrings... almost.

Anyway, on to the tutorial.

 First, you're going to take a length of wire and make a wire-wrapped loop. Clip off the excess.


Now, slip on your cross bead. You're going to start another wire-wrapped loop. Do not finish it.



Before you finish the loop, slip on your chain and rhinestone stud finding. Then you will go and wrap it shut.



Put that aside, and now to the spike.

Wire-wrap the spike: Make one end a lot longer than the other and wrap it around the spike.



Do not clip the other end.


A loop will be formed already from the previous long end, so take your remaining wire and wrap it around.


Use your wire cutters to create an opening, slip on your spike and close the loop. (I was still thinking this tutorial through when I was taking photographs.) If you want to be more smart than me, haha, when you're making your cross in the previous steps, slip on the spike before you finish the loop. That way, this step is eliminated.



This still looked a little empty, so I added a small metal bead using the excess wire.


And now you're finished!



Thank you for reading!

Tuesday

EARRING SHOWCASE: pearls & pastels


Even though neon seems to be all the rage for spring this year, I have a soft spot for pastels--especially with Easter coming up.






I have three pairs to show you guys today. They all have pearl and pastel elements.



large pearl leaf beads
rhinestone studs
chain
Swarovski crystals
ball head pins


 I tend not to use a lot of crystals in my work, but I love the alabaster line.



pink bow beads
Swarovski crystals
pearls
ball head pins
white & blue seed beads
chain
metal beads
wire


monofilament nylon
pink round beads
pearl leaf beads
blue seed beads
ball head pins
rhinestone studs
jump rings


I bought a huge pack of foam boards so I'm trying to use them for everything; hence the use of the white boards in these photographs.

I was getting tired of my plain white backgrounds so thought I would make some fun geo shapes out of the foam. Still white, but a little more exciting, maybe?


Thank you for viewing!

- A


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