Lace is always stylish but it can be ageing to wear if not styled properly, so why not try metal lace, or filigree, instead? πŸ™‚

 

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What you need:

– Long gold-coloured chain

I’m leaving the length up to you as different people suit different lengths. Personally, I have a short neck, so I find that longer necklaces flatter me more. Chokers are a no-no, sad to say. For reference, I used 60 cm/ 24 inches

– 5 gold-coloured charms

These should be pretty sizeable so that the necklace is striking. I used charms which were 2.5 by 3 cm

– 7 gold-coloured jump rings

– 1 gold lobster clasp

– pliers

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Step 1: Ring it…

Open the jump ring using the pliers. Insert the charm and thread this onto the middle link of the chain. Close the jump ring securely.

Step 2:Β … 5 times

Count 5 links right from the middle link and repeat Step 1. Do this 2x.

The number of links you count from the middle link would depend on the size of your links. My chain has fairly thick links, so 5 was a sufficient distance. As with all DIY projects, do whatever works best for you! πŸ™‚

Now repeat thisΒ for the left-hand side. (I.e. count 5 links left of the middle link and secure a charm to the chain there….)

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Step 3: Clasp itΒ 

Open another jump ring, thread the gold clasp through it and secure this to 1 end of the chain.

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Secure the last jump ring to the other end of the chain and your necklace is finished!

20140818_143910Since it’s almost the end of summer, I thought I’d make the best use of these last sunny days and style this as a summery piece πŸ™‚ Worn with:

– pearl necklaces I had in my collection

– orange Banana Republic dress, forgot the price but I do remember I got it in the Christmas sale πŸ˜‰

– Geox sandals

– $2 hat from Daiso (I think a tutorial to update that is due soon :P)

Oh and I’d probably complete the look with a chunky gold bracelet πŸ™‚ I don’t have one yet- so guess we know what the next DIY tutorial should be on πŸ™‚

P.S. I store my craft supplies in the cupboard behind! Sadly it’s not full yet but I’m working on it πŸ˜‰

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Bestselling Filigree Rings

20140823_155601What you need:

– Craft glue (E6000 or 401 for something faster drying)

– Filigree ring base (or if you can’t get that a plain ring base would do as well)

– Flower with flat base

This is literally the easiest project EVER. And yet it still looks good! When I used to sell my jewellery at bazaars and fairs, I could literally sell hundreds of these a day πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ (Probably didn’t hurt that I priced my jewellery very affordably, nor that there was a “bulk” discount for the rings :P)

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Step 1: Glue it

Turn the flower so that the flat base faces up, apply the glue to the centre and press the centre of the ring firmly down.

And THAT’S IT! Wait 5 minutes to dry and you have a nice, new statement ring πŸ™‚ Well actually I think it dries in 1 minute, really, but better safe than sorry really- I doubt you want to wear the ring permanently, nice as it may be πŸ˜›

To prove how easy it is, I made a whole row of these rings πŸ™‚

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Korean earrings

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What you need (from Left to Right):

– 2 gold earring hooks

– 2 gold filigree charms (If your charms don’t have crystals in the centre like the ones shown above, you can use E6000 to stick them on :))

– 2 coral coloured roses

– 2 gold chains with a hoop on the top of each

– 2 gold jump rings

– E6000 glue

– pliers

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Β Step 1: Connect the gold bits

Use the pliers to open the jump ring, insert the gold charm & gold chain in then close the jump ring,

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Make sure that the crystal bits are facing each other so that they will both face up when laid flat (see above).

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Step 2: Hook it

Use the pliers to open the earring hook and insert Step 1 into the hook.

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Step 3: Stick on the flowers

Place Step 2 on some scrap paper. Apply E6000 to the back of the coral rose and stick it onto the gold filigree charm. Leave to dry.

Ta-dah! Reminds me (a little) of the Prada spring jewellery collection and Korean glamour πŸ™‚

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Written by Zen

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