Annnnnd we’re back to our regularly scheduled YouTube DIY programing! Earlier this week I posted a photo to Facebook of a genius DIY jump ring bracelet crafted by Grace Atwood of Stripes & Sequins. I immediately added this project to my to do list and since I already had all of the materials in my craft closet, this was an easy project to create.
Enjoy the video!
I’m NOT a fan of those matte black cars I see driving on the streets of Los Angeles (I mean why would you paint your $200,000 Masarati matte black?) but I am a fan of matte back jewelry! Special shout out to GNG reader Noa for also being inspired by matte black and for sharing her inspiration with me! #SharingIsCaring
It seems like last year I was spraying everything neon (here and here), but this year it’s gonna be ALL (matte) BLACK EVERYTHING! I hope you enjoy the video and please don’t forget to subscribe to the GNG YouTube channel.
I’m starting to notice these skinny cuff /bracelets thingys appearing all over the place. This weekend I obsessed over my friend Alice’s Giles & Brother Skinny Railroad Spike Cuff (here). These skinny cuffs are the perfect addition to my collection of all gold everything arm party (<- are people still even using that word?!?).
This project is chic, super easy and you can make an entire arm full for just a few bucks. To complete this project just follow this simple DIY equation: earring + earring = bracelet!
Tip: Wider hoops work better that skinny ones. I purchased these from Forever 21 (here), but if you can’t get your hands on a pair try using a light metal bracelet or simple bend a thick wire to fit around your wrist.
Now we all know how I love a nice piece of chunky statement jewelry, but sometimes something dainty, delicate and demure is all you need (<- please read in your best Southern accent). I’ve seen these wire bracelets floating around Pinterest for awhile now and they continue to catch my eye. I don’t often work with wire, but these style bracelets are just too adorable not to give one a try. I dreaming of a copper (the broke girl’s rose gold) bracelet that reads LOVE in honor of Valentine’s.
* I used a 16 gauge wire for this project.
TIP: When shopping for wire remember the lower the gauge number, the stronger your wire will be.
I gave this the old college try and was very informal with my wrapping. I basically pulled, bended and forced the wire to lay the way I wanted. It took me a few tries before I got something I really like, but I guess practice makes perfect when it comes to this sort of thing. However, Aimee from Swellmayde has a wonderful wire wrapping tutorial that’s really helpful. She shows you how to create the words by tracking over your own handwriting. Click here for that helpful tutorial.
Happy Valentine’s my loves! xo
This is by far the most festive time of the year and to celebrate may I present to you the glitziest Glitter ‘N Glue DIY tutorial of 2012!!!! This crystal cuff is the perfect project to punctuate the end of the year. It’s also the perfect accessory to wear to that special New Year’s Eve party. It’s so major I felt it warranted an afternoon of crafts and cocktails with my friends. YEA PARTY!
Then apply a drop of glue to a toothpick and use the toothpick to apply the glue to the back of the crystal. This is the application method I personally like to use. I always make a big ole mess when I apply the glue to the back of the crystal directly from the tube.
Your design may change as you continue to apply your crystals, but my suggestion is to start with the center crystal and work your way out. At the end of the day the design is totally up to you. Have fun with it and always remember the more bling the better!!
Marie from The Curvy Fashionista crafted a very tribal inspired cuff.
Seriously talk about a great way to spend an afternoon with your friends. Everyone was so creative and took the time to custom design their cuffs. Everyone’s cuff spoke to their personality and no two cuffs looked alike.
Are you excited to try this project? Well in honor of the Holidays I’m GIVING AWAY the materials to make this cuff to one lucky reader. To enter simply follow me on twitter and tweet the follow:
@Glitter_N_Glue make my Holiday sparkle! #SparklingDIY
By sending this tweet you are entered for a chance to win one cuff, an assortment of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals and glue. #AssemblyRequired
The contest ends Wednesday December 19, 2012 at 12:01am and at that time one winner will be selected at random. The winner must be following Glitter ‘N Glue on twitter.
THE CONTEST IS OVER. THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!!! xo
A special thank you to SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS from providing the materials.
And a big hugs to all my blogger buddies who came out to play!
L to R: Laurie of Laurie B Style, Marie from The Curvy Fashionista, Jenny from Good Bad And Fab, Shauna from Penny Chic, Chanelle from The Penelope Times, Jacey from Damsel In Dior, Sydne from Sydne Style and Deniz from Le Fashion Monster.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! xo
Do you guys remember my DIY embellished ankle straps project part 1 (here)? I love a good ankle strap makeover. Sometimes a DIY quickie can make a huge difference. I wanted to add a little glam to my Chinese Laundry Zsa Zsa pumps so I swapped the ankle straps out for bracelets. Say what?!?!?!?! I know… who says bracelets just have to be worn around your wrist?
These Chinese Laundry Zsa Zsa ankle straps are on sale (here)!!!!
Bracelets with lobster claw clasp work best. I picked up these at H&M for $6. If the bracelets are too small to fit comfortably around your ankle, use a few jump rings as extenders to give yourself a little more wiggle room.
Is It Fall yet? Here we are October 7th and I think the weather is FINALLY starting to change here in Los Angeles. There’s something so wrong about wearing shorts in October, but when the iPhone weather app tells me it’s 94 degrees outside, it doesn’t leave me with many options. Thankfully, things seem to be cooling off which means I can start wearing my Fall fashions.
Pulling out the Fall gear means storing away the Summer swag. Although I’m happy for the change, there are a few things I’m sad to see go. One of them being my neon rhinestone wrap bracelet. Do you guys remember that DIY project? (If not click here) Definitely one of my favorite Summer DIY projects, but I think neon is more of a Summer trend. I wanted to find a way to rework this project for Fall. So using the same technique, I decided to trade neon rope for warm colored suedes like oxblood and navy. This update was the perfect transition for Fall.
I’m so excited that I’ll be in New Orleans next weekend making these very wrap bracelets as part of New Orleans Fashion Week Retail Shopping Day!!!
I hope all of my lovely readers in the Crescent City can join me next Saturday, October 13th from 11am to 1pm at Hattie Sparks for the DIY party of a lifetime…yes, lifetime! We’ll be shopping, crafting and just having an all around good ole time. It’s going to be an amazing afternoon kicking off an amazing week of fashion and creativity in the city of New Orleans.
There’s a special place in my heart for that city. For those of you who don’t know I wen to college in New Orleans and have so many wonderful memories of my time there. Be sure to follow me on Instagram (search @Glitter_N_Glue) to keep track of all the fun!
Hattie Sparks is located at 714 Adams Street NOLA 70118. DIY is from 11a-1p while supplies last