Wohoo! I am currently sitting in my new bureau slash creative work space in my new apartment, enjoying the view outside (no curtains yet) and thanking whatever or whoever is above that the odds are finally in my favour again. I have a home again! I feel excited every minute of the day to be here, and to eventually have access to all my stuff again. Expect great things to follow because I am more than ready!
Honestly, it was a weekend full of heavy lifting, screwing, putting things from one place to another and putting them back again after finding out that they don’t fit in there…I still have four heavy boxes of books standing in the bureau, but thinking about people who can literally live out of boxes for months makes me feel better about that. I still need a trip or two to get the last stuff, but other than that, it’s amazing. My fridge is huge, and I have a bathtub again! I do have to get me one of those special bathtub trays for my book and a glass of wine, got any tips?
So naturally my time to DIY was pretty limited this weekend, but lucky for me a friend of mine discovered some beautiful little necklaces when she was in Milan and sent me a picture, so an idea was born immediately:
- Air-drying clay
- Nail polish in a colour of your choice
- Gold paint
- Gold chain
- 2 small jump rings
- 1 jump ring
- Jewellery clasp
- Sand paper
- Spit of wood
- Jewellery pliers
- Sharp knife
Easy peasy: For the first gem start by forming a small ball out of the air-drying clay. With the knife cut off small chunks to create a facetted look. Go for a symmetrical look, cutting a chunk off at the bottom and at the front, then on the left and right and so on. With the spit of wood prick a hole into the gem.
For the other gem form another ball, but cut off a bit more at the top and bottom to make it more flat. Repeat step 1 with this one as well. Let everything dry on the spit of wood.
Don’t be afraid that they don’t look perfect, they will after treating them with the sand paper. Smooth the surface of every facet with the sand paper until you are happy with the result.
Time to paint! Take your nail polish and paint the gems; this works best of you leave them on the spit of wood. Leave one facet out on the first gem, we will paint this one in gold if everything is dry. Let the gems dry on the spit of wood.
Paint the last facet in gold and let it dry.
Measure the length of your chain and thread it through the gem bead, then attach a jump ring on one side and a jewellery clasp on the other. Done!
This is such a simple project that you can actually craft it in one day, and the result is a wonderfully dainty little necklace which fits to every colour. Hope you are inspired!