diy LEATHER & CHAIN CHOKER necklace

16 Mar

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One of my favorite trends from Spring 2015 runway is the choker necklace, seen everywhere from Balmain, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, DKNY to many more. This DIY is inspired by one of my favorites — the Balmain black and gold choker necklace. I used patent leather (faux) to get the glossy finish and chain to add the gold accent, and I opted for a slightly narrower size so I can incorporate it in my everyday outfits. I love the versatility of choker necklaces, they look great both with tee and jeans or with dressier outfits. Chokers are definitely an effortless way to upgrade any look.

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Here’s what you’ll need for the DIY:

  • Patent (Faux) Leather (I used an old belt)
  • Gold Chain
  • E6000 Glue
  • Pinch Crimp Cord Ends
  • Clasp and 2 Jump Rings
  • Jewelry Pliers & Scissors

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Step 1: The width of the leather I used was 1.5 cm. To get the length, measure around your neck. Let it be a little snug when you measure since it’ll loosen when you add the cord ends and clasp.

Step 2: Measure and cut two pieces of chain a little shorter than the length of the leather piece. Using E6000 glue, add the chain pieces to the top and bottom edges of the leather.

Step 3: On one end of the leather, add a cord end and a clasp. To the other end of the leather, add another cord end and the second jumpring.

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There you have your Balmain inspired choker necklace for spring! I also love the black and white striped DKNY choker. You can get a non-patent leather, paint the stripes with white acrylic color and seal it with acrylic sealer. What are some of your other favorite trends for Spring/Summer 2015?

high on FISHBONE CRYSTAL BRACELET diy

17 Dec

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It’s been a while since I shared a DIY bracelet, so here’s a new one for a sparkly bracelet for the holidays. It’s using a fishbone chain, which I haven’t used before, and sew-on crystal jewels which are the same as the ones I used in this necklace DIY. It is super simple to make, so you can make several and give them out as Christmas/Birthday/No-Reason gifts. [You can use this fun cut-out idea or embellished boxes idea for wrapping your gifts.]

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What you’ll need:

  • Gold Fishbone Chain
  • Sew-On Crystal Jewels
  • Jumprings & Clasp
  • Wire Cutter & Jewelry Pliers

Step 1: Measure the fishbone chain to fit tightly around your wrist. Then split that piece into two longer and two shorter pieces. Using the pliers and jumprings, attach the two shorter ones to each side of a crystal jewel. You can attach the fishbone chain either facing each other (like mine in step 1) or facing away from each other (like my second bracelet in the final product shots).

Step 2: Attach the second and third crystal jewels on each of the short fishtail chains using the jumprings. Then add the two longer pieces of the chain to each of the crystal jewels. This time, the chains should face the opposite direction of the first two pieces.

Step 3: Secure one end of the bracelet with a clasp and other with a jumpring for the clasp. And you have your handmade DIY bracelet! You can create other unique pieces by swapping the crystal jewel with other jewel options. One can never have enough accessories!

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For more ideas for handmade holiday presents, checkout the DIY Gallery. I hope you all have a very happy holidays and a fabulous end to 2014. Thank you so much for all your love this year! I have many more fun DIYs in store for 2016. Till then, get your creative fix and stay HIGHonDIY!