DIY Glitter Bracelets

Time: 20 minutes + cure time (2-3 days)
Materials: casting epoxy, glitter, plastic cups, stir sticks, bracelet mold, mold release, sandpaper

DIY Glitter Bracelets (click through for full tutorial)Because if there’s one accessory you need to go with these DIY glitter shoes, it’s glitter bracelets. If that happens to be too much glitter for you (if that’s even a thing), don’t worry; this tutorial also serves as a basis for how to cast your own bracelets which can be customized in anyway you see fit. Let’s get to it!

DIY Glitter Bracelets (click through for full tutorial)It’s important that you get the materials listed above (doesn’t have to be the same brand), especially some type of mold release/conditioner. As for the bangle size, measure your wrist to make sure you’re getting the right size. I neglected this the first time I ordered a mold and it was much too small. If you also want to make several bracelets, it helps to have 2-3 molds so that you aren’t waiting 3 days in between each bracelet.

DIY Glitter Bracelets (click through for full tutorial)Before beginning, spray your molds with the release/conditioner and let dry. The bracelets can get stuck if you skip this step, so don’t forget! Mix your resin according to the instructions. You want to get the 1:1 ratio exact, so take your time. Once your two parts are mixed well, you can add the customization element. I made a few bracelets with paint, but I didn’t like them as much as the glitter.

If you want your bracelets to look like mine, be generous when you add your glitter to the resin (2-3 TBS) and stir well. I also made a few others with less than that amount and they ended up half glitter and half clear since the glitter tends to settle to the bottom. To remove the air bubbles it helps to place your mixture (while still in the cup) in a bowl of warm, not boiling, water. This will bring all the bubbles to the surface so that they don’t end up in your bracelet. Don’t let any water get in your mixture. After a few minutes, you can pour into your mold.

When pouring into the mold, move slowly around in a circle. The resin will overflow if you pour only in one area. Once the mold is full, set aside and let cure (harden) for 2-3 days.

Remove your bracelet from the mold and sand smooth. Because you don’t want to breath in the resin dust, place the sandpaper in a shallow tray with water when sanding. You can then seal by brushing on another layer of resin, but I didn’t find this necessary.

DIY Glitter Bracelets (click through for full tutorial)So that’s it! They go well with my new ban.do tumbler, don’t you think?! If you’re not into glitter, I recommend adding gold foil or beads instead, though you can make it whatever you wish.

DIY Glitter Bracelets (click through for full tutorial)

DIY Glitter Bracelets (click through for full tutorial)

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DIY Abstract Painted Ring Holder

Time: 20 minutes + cure time
Materials: ceramic ring holder, vitrea 160 paint, brush, sharpie

DIY Abstract Painted Ring Holder-- click through for full tutorial!I am a total ring fanatic. The flashier the better I say (who’s with me?!). Instead of leaving my favorite pieces around the house, where they’re destined to get lost, I decided to give my boring plain ring holder a makeover. Who knows, maybe it will to encourage me to store my rings properly when I’m done wearing them.

Fingers crossed!

DIY Abstract Painted Ring Holder-- click through for full tutorial!

DIY Abstract Painted Ring Holder-- click through for full tutorial!I used Vitrea 160 paint because I like the translucent feel. it’s also dried completely flat and there are no visible brushstrokes. You can use acrylic paints, but results will vary.

DIY Abstract Painted Ring Holder-- click through for full tutorial!The best part about this project is that you don’t really have to have experience as a painter to achieve this abstract look. Just start by brushing on your lightest colors. You can then go back in with your darker colors, somewhat overlapping what you just painted; however, be sure the previous color has dried so you don’t smear. I found with the Vitrea 160, the lighter colors still peeked through (you can see that a bit in the photo above).

Once all of the paint is dry, you can add dots, dashes or other patterns with a Sharpie.  If you used the same paint that I did, you’ll want to let it dry for 24 hours then bake for 40 minutes at 325˚F to cure completely.

DIY Abstract Painted Ring Holder-- click through for full tutorial!

 

DIY Abstract Painted Ring Holder-- click through for full tutorial!

 

15 Awesome Jewelry DIYS (that would make great gifts!)

15 Awesome Jewelry DIYS (that would make great Christmas gifts!)Christmas is now officially less than 3 weeks away friends! That means if you haven’t started on your holiday making yet (::cough:: like me ::cough), it might be a good time to start. For those kickass women in your life, consider making them something special this year. Even if you’re new to jewelry making, any one of these 15 DIYS would be a great place to start.

And if you already have your lists done, it can’t hurt to make one or two (or three) of these projects for yourself! Tis the season!

15 Awesome Jewelry DIYS (that would make great Christmas gifts!)1. Faux Geode Studs by Adventures in Fashion

15 Awesome Jewelry DIYS (that would make great Christmas gifts!)2. DIY Giant Gem Rings by Studio DIY

15 Awesome Jewelry DIYS (that would make great Christmas gifts!)3. Wooden Dangle Earrings via A Beautiful Mess Continue reading…

DIY Clay Bead Necklace

Time: 1 hour
Materials: premo clay, bead making tools, wax paper, leather cord, oven

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!I’m always amazed that when I make something out of clay that it doesn’t fall apart. Call me skeptical, but it seems like it should be harder to work with than it is. I’ve been wanting to learn to make my own beads for a while (because hello, endless jewelry projects), so I finally took the plunge and picked up some Premo Clay to start experimenting with!

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!Before you begin, preheat your oven according to the instructions on the back of your clay.DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!Cut of a chunk of clay and mend in your hands. When soft, roll out on wax paper (this will help keep your clay clean). Once you have the amount of clay you want, shape by rolling in between your two palms like you’re making a ball.

There are a variety of ways to make your own beads. I really liked playing around with creating new shapes and sizes without any real guide. For those of you looking to create a more symmetrical piece, the bead kit does comes with a circle punch that helps you measure out the same amount of clay per bead. Just be sure to repeat the same technique when shaping.

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!Once you have your desired bead shape, you’ll need to pierce it to create your hole. Poke through on one side until barely making it through, then repeat on the other side, starting where the existing hole is. Set on baking pan when done.

*Tip: Wash your hands in between each color to avoid the colors mixing in with one another.

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!Bake in the oven according to clay instructions. Let cool then string on leather cord to wear! DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!If you have any tips or tricks for making your own beads, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!

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