Wednesday

A peek into my desk...



I finally found time to sit down and make earrings with my new chains and goodies. I'm super excited to share them with you all soon!




I need to purchase more earring hooks! These are all I have left. I'm a fan of these petite hooks. I think straight up gunmetal black is all I'm going to purchase though, no more brass or silver.





Laying out earrings and brainstorming ideas.




Thursday

CHAINS AS CHARMS

I haven't done a non-tutorial post in awhile!

I recently moved to Jersey City for a 9 month internship. Since I'm close to NYC, I decided to hop onto a PATH train and check out the bead stores. I went to about six different ones. Living so close is going to be murder on my wallet.

I picked up some gorgeous chains that I will use to double as charms.

(I've been scouring etsy for tiny charms and I was glad I didn't end up purchasing any because these chains were perfect to use instead.)


the first store






You can only purchase by the foot, but its a very generous amount, about two charms a jump ring.



STAR STAMPINGS



LEAVES





STARS







And I thought my chain buying was over... but I was wrong.


the last store




How cute are the skulls? Total impulse purchase.







I plan on adding these babies to earrings and ear cuffs. Be on the lookout!




BEFORE





AFTER





Thanks for reading!




Tuesday

DIY ANTI-DUST PLUGS

Okay, so anti-dust plugs. They are everywhere in Korean stationary stores. I have no idea where they came from or who thought of them, but I do know they are super pricey for what they are, averaging $6  for a charm on a plug.

I got a whole bag of plugs for like $3 off ebay. What are anti-dust plugs? They are plugs that fit into your headphone jack, apparently made to keep out dust.

Then I guess someone thought of gluing something cute on top.

To be upfront, I know these are totally unnecessary and frivolous accessories. And potentially annoying if you use headphones. But they are fun and it's another way of customizing your phone, esp. if you don't have a charm hole. Plus they are super easy and cheap to make.

I made 4 different kinds.



one
geo



  • Plugs (bought mine here)
  • Geo beads (tutorial here)
  • Glue






  1. Put glue on plugs
  2. Stick to bead
  3. Let dry











two
flower













three
beads







Choose which way you want your beads to lay.








four
cell phone straps








  •  cell phone strap (bought mine from Michaels)
  • plugs
  • charms/beads
  • headpins










Before finishing your loop, attach it to the jumpring from the strap.




You can take any strap and thread it through the plug.








Done!









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