Sunday, September 18, 2011

Made It By Monday: Lace Earrings

I'm finally back at school and so excited to be back in the city. Here's a quick project I started just before I left and finally got back to a couple of days ago. These feminine lace earrings are a breeze to make!


Supplies:


1. Lace scraps (I used an old curtain)

2. Craft Spray. I used Krylon Matte Finish. There are many other types of spray out there that I think would work just as well.

3. Earring hooks (optional: jump rings, beads, etc.)

4. Pliers (round nose and flat nose)


Step 1: Choose your motif


I dug up an old curtain and found the motif I liked best. I looked for two of the same as I wanted both my earrings to mirror eachother, but I think a mismatched pair would be cute too. :)






I recommend cutting the motifs out using sharp scissors or an exact-o knife to limit the frayed edges.

Step 2: Spray



Make sure you spray the Krylon in a well-ventilated area. Since it was a nice day I just brought them to cleared spot outside. I used toothpicks to keep my earrings from sticking to the paper towel once I sprayed as well as to keep them in place (the spray from the bottle as well as the wind tends to blow your project away).




Make sure to flip your earrings over and spray the other side as well. The spray stiffens the earrings and makes them water-resistant. Let each coat completely dry before handling your earrings.

Step 3: Attach earring hooks.


I didn't have any jump rings so I just opened the loop of the hook with pliers and used a hole already in the top of the lace earring. Jump rings might make the process a bit easier and add length.

Voila!



These were super easy to make and now I'm constantly on the lookout for lace scraps with interesting motifs. Don't be afraid to add pearl beads or use larger motifs to make your own, unique pair!



Monday, September 5, 2011

Made It By Monday: Friendship Bracelets

This post was actually intended for last week as a end-of-summer sort of project, but hurricane Irene had other plans. We've finally got our power back so here it goes: Ever since I was little and my mom bought me one of those Klutz friendship bracelet books, I've loved making bracelets for my family, friends, and myself! These always remind me of summer and the last two weeks of a sort of nostalgia-inspired vacation I made (and gave) a bunch.





At the day camp I work at these are the most fun to make with the kids.  The result is that we're all literally up to our elbows in friendship bracelets by the end of the summer.


What you'll need:
1. embroidery floss

(available at most craft and sewing/fabric stores)

2. tape or a paper clip. I find clips work best for me as my bracelets always slid out from under the tape.



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Here is a list of some great friendship bracelet websites with tutorials and instructions to get you inspired:

1. Easy, basic friendship bracelets from purlbee
2. Free patterns from friendship-bracelets.net
3. Make bracelets using a cardboard loom.
4. A fashionable take on a traditional friendship bracelet


I'm anxious to try to make the 'peruvian wave' friendship bracelet. Here's a quick tutorial:






Like knitting, I find making friendship bracelets very therapeutic. Be sure to try your own designs and wear them in unique ways!


Have a great week!