Being a person who DIYs almost everything (definitely not as much as I want to), I experience this as both a curse and a blessing. Why, you ask me? Well, you cannot browse through a magazine without thinking about how you can do things (especially jewellery) on your own. Window shopping is always accompanied by your phone camera. Besides, everyone kind of expects you to DIY every birthday/anniversary gift. Okay, this is whining on expert level, I know, and I don’t really mean it. Because being able to craft things like jewellery, clothes etc. is actually a huge blessing! For you can always make/wear things that nobody else has, and you can save costs (although not always).
Why am I telling you all this? Because, well, sometimes it’s worth it to not just buy something but see it as inspiration for your own crafts. I experience this a lot with jewellery, both on Pinterest (you know my opinion about that, right?) and in real life. Especially jewellery is something I love to make! It’s a really rewarding craft, which can go from easy beaded bracelets/necklaces to complex statement pieces. As you might have seen on the blog, I experimented a lot with several pieces of jewellery and different techniques.
And while I love every piece that I craft, I am often sad when I see that the golden necklaces and jump rings etc. stain and the piece of jewellery doesn’t look as beautiful as before. Do you know that problem? Is there any way to solve that problem?
Why not DIY that expensive piece of jewellery?
Now let’s get down to business! I have seen so many amazing necklaces, earrings, bracelets etc. etc. on the Internet or in magazines, but most of the time they’re ways out of my league. Especially those gorgeous Anthropologie pieces, but let’s be honest: I could buy everything on that site. So a few times already I have taken a pin or a magazine clipping or even a photograph I took from a shop window as inspiration. I actually have never been disappointed with my version, although it’s not as perfect as the ‘real’ version. However this way I saved money and made something unique. And that’s something, right? So with this post I wanted to share with you some jewellery pieces that I thought would be DIY-able. And of course I attached a few ones that I already turned into a project, so you can DIY it right away!
Their way: Anthropologie Seaside Necklace, $48.00.
My way: First I’d get some thick golden wire, bend it in shape and make a hoop on each side. Then with some thin golden wire, thread the differently sized pearls and wrap them around the thick piece. At the end, decorate with satin ribbon and attach golden chain on each side of the centre piece.
Their way: Lovoda Hexa Stone Necklace, $20.00.
My way: Easy one. Use polymer clay in a colour of your choice. Now if you want the marble design, use black and white to make a marble-coloured mass (like here). Next, thinly roll out the clay and cut out a hexagon. Carefully insert two small jump rings on each side (before you bake the clay). Then paint half of it with gold colour and attach a golden chain.
My way: Firstly make two tassels with embroidery thread. Glue them into golden end caps, then attach them to small hoop earrings (find cheap ones at H&M, for example). Or, just follow my tutorial!
Their way: Chunky Porcelain Necklace, $???.
My way: Get some chunky white chain at the hardware store, just three links. Then with large jump rings attach some golden chain on each side. Here’s my tutorial.
Their way: Marni Sphere Cluster Necklace, $??? (guess it’s expensive).
My way: Let’s see. First get some small copper/gold tube at the hardware store, cut it into two larger pieces and several smaller pieces. Get some large wooden beads. Bend the large tube pieces with pliers. Thread the smaller pieces alternating with the wooden beads on a leather string and create a sort of cluster. Maybe by threading the string twice through a bead etc. Add the larger pieces on both sides and you’re done. Could you follow that??
Their way: J.Crew Dipped Enamel Hoop Earrings, $21,87.
My way: Get some inexpensive fashion jewellery hoop earrings. Now either paint them with nail polish in two colours, or wrap around some embroidery thread. Your choice!
Their way: Emma Stine Tassel Necklace, $???.
My way: Create a tassel with pieces of delicate golden chain. Glue this tassel into a golden end cap and thread that on several strands of leather string. Or follow my tutorial!
Their way: &Other Stories Stone Studs, $19.
My way: I’d use the good ol’ polymer clay in black and white to make a marble mixture. First roll it out, cut out two small triangles and bake them. Then paint everything gold that needs to be gold and glue the triangles onto studs. Or, more advanced: Make the marble and gold part of the earrings apart from each other and glue them together in the end. However, that’s a bit trickier!
Their way: Knotted Rope Necklace (I actually don’t know where I found this photo, it’s been sitting on my computer for years now).
My way: Glue or sew rhinestone chain to a piece of rope. Then tie that rope into a pretty knot (like this one) and attach end caps to each end. Add a golden chain and that’s it.
Their way: Leather Collar Necklace (?) (That’s a photo I took).
My way: Cut out strands of black leather in a different length. Then fold them each in half and sew them/glue them together. Attach a longer strand to form the necklace. Sounds pretty easy, right?
So, what do you think? Do you have any favourites?