Things swing in roundabouts don’t they? I remember loving myself a statement earring at uni. I was all about those big ol’ gems in my ears for a night out or even just a trip in for some studio time. My mum used to call them my Pat Butcher earrings and that was probably a reasonably accurate description. Then I turned my attentions to necklaces and layering them up for many years while my ears saw very little action, in fact part of me wondered if they’d closed up completely. But hear we are again and I’m loving a statement earring!
I’m usually very monochrome in my style and have been getting increasingly so over the last year. I keep on pulling more and more colour out of my home and wardrobe and yet I’m still always drawn to bright abstract pops of colour when I’m out and about. I so often use bold colours in my design work too so my unprofessional diagnosis is I’m one confused character when it comes to colour. I really do love abstract shape combinations and this bright, nineties vibe that’s still running through so much of the design world at the moment. It instantly makes me happy and shoots me back to childhood.
Now I know I often say how quick my DIY tutorials are and that’s not a lie but this one really is the quickest of the bunch. I honestly made this in 5 minutes…it’s not just phrased like that because it sounds catchy! I’m always on the lookout for new necklaces but particularly those that are simple and go with every outfit I could dream up. Versatility is the name of the game for me and this little number is certainly that. In the past I’ve been drawn to colourful beaded wonders and made necklaces in jewel tones but realistically I want something I can whack on with anything rather than wondering if it clashes with my skirt.
Plus, I’m loving circles right now! I wasn’t sure any shape could sway my attention from the 3 year old geometric appreciation society I had going. Thankfully you don’t even need a lot to put this necklace together.
Here’s another DIY that’s been loitering my end for a while, never quite having time to edit it and write it all up for you. It really is the easiest necklace to make and will add a pop of colour to any outfit. I think the most fun part is picking out the coloured threads you want but then a colour geek would say that. I recently spent 20 minutes agonising over which coloured crayons I wanted to combine to make wax candles. It was laughable, take it from me.
- Heat up your glue gun. Take your rope and bend it into a bow shape so the two ends meet in the middle. Then put a dot of glue in the middle to hold the rope in this bow shape.
- Leaving about 2cm of rope exposed at either end, wrap your thread around both sections of rope to bring them together. I used embroidery threads for this. Wrap tightly and overlapping so there are no gaps with rope showing through.
- When you get to the end of each colour section, tie a tight knot, trim the thread and then overlap the next colour block with that one to cover the knot.
- Continue until you get 2cm of rope left at the end.
- Lay the chain out. Roughly find the middle link, opposite the clasp. Taking your pliers open out that middle metal link so that the chain become a line.
- Thread the chain through the rope end, looping back round to meet the chain again. Then using your pliers, open up the last metal link on each end to join onto the chain where it meets. Do the same on the other rope end.
And now all that’s left to do is try on your new jewellery piece. Simple!
Yes people! I finally have a new DIY for you! I’m so sorry for such a canyon sized gap between this and the last one. It certainly wasn’t intentional but design work very much got in the way. Actually ‘got in the way’ makes it sound like an unwanted obstacle but I’ve been very thankful for it. To prove I’m not just a one trick DIY pony (I’m referring to spray paint) I thought I’d whip out another favourite to make these simple but stylish necklaces. Say hello to my friend Fimo once more. I was quite taken with the ‘Fimo Effects‘ range of polymer clay and ordered a marble and granite block to turn into these tube beads. It looks really affective and the clay even has tiny glitter pieces worked in.
- Fimo Effects block
- Neck chain
- Cutting mat
- Skewer or cocktail stick
- Gold metallic spray paint
- Preheat the oven to 110 degrees C
- Cut a chunk of the Fimo and roll and handle to soften in your hands. Then roll on the cutting mat into a long sausage shape. Keep on rolling to make an even cylinder about 1/4 inch in diameter.
- Cut the long sausage into sections about 1 1/2 inches long. Then gently push the skewer into the cylinder until it goes the whole way through. Give it a wiggle to make the hole a little bigger and take the skewer out.
- Place on a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 25 mins. Leave to cool completely.
- Then tape a section of each bead so that no gold colour can reach that area. Then spray the exposed area with the metallic spray paint. I did this on the skewer and left it to dry in this way too so as not to scuff any of the paint.
- Once dry you can now thread the bead onto your chain and wear!
There will be more DIYs coming your way soon along with a way to get your hands on some of these necklaces. I made loads!