DIY: Sequin Bracelet ..by Erica all the way from “Honestly …WTF”

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After purchasing an abundant (and unnecessary) amount of sequins for last week’s tutorial, I mulled over ways to repurpose them into another project. Inspired by those beautiful African necklaces made from recycled vinyl, it was obvious that a bracelet DIY was in order. Simple and fast . . . I dare you not to make just one!

You’ll need:

 

Cut 12 inches of elastic cord and tie a double knot at the end.

There’s a quick and easy shortcut for adding sequins rather than threading them on one at a time. Pull a bunch of sequins off the strand. Keep the sequins in place between the pads of the index finger and thumb. Thread the elastic cord through the sequins.

Continue stringing on sequins, in any pattern, using the same method.

Wrap the strung sequins around the wrist to check for size – remember to account for the bracelet stretching. Knot the elastic cord into a double knot and pull tightly to tighten. Trim the ends.

Cut the embroidery floss into a few 2 inch pieces. Fold them in half over the knot. Take another 2 inch strand and tie the floss together into a double knot at the top.

Trim the ends. Use a needle to comb through and unravel the floss. Trim the tassel.

And that’s it! *Note: I prefer using flat sequins versus faceted sequins for this particular tutorial.

Stack, stack away . . .

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The Trick Art Museum Is Like Photoshop Without A Computer

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The Trick Art Museum Is Like Photoshop Without A Computer

Another day another crazy Photoshopped gallery of images amirite? IAMWRONG! None of the images you see here have been doctored. These are all things that really happened in real life. Well, sorta. The Trick Art Museum in South Korea contains amazing interactive optical illusions. Visitors are encouraged to become part of each scene and pose for wild photos… unlike at the Louvre where they frown upon it when you try to get a photo of yourself standing behind the Nike of Samothrace making it look like your arms and head are part of the statue. Jeez, why is everyone screaming at me in French? I swear to GOD she was already broken when I got here!

DIY again [Specially for the Laides]

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DIY Embellished Friendship Bracelets

so i found out that girls wanted something of theirs…alone..well

This is from a friend, Claire.

Enjoy…

The weather is warming up and my wrists are feeling rather lonely and bare after hiding under long sleeves all season long. But after digging up last year’s DIY friendship bracelets, I realized they desperately needed sparkly and shiny upgrades. Today we’re showing you three easy ways to embellish your friendship bracelets, making them all grown up . . .

To add rhinestones, you’ll need:

  • a chevron friendship bracelet (tutorial found here)
  • 5-6” crystal rhinestone chain (last used here)
  • 1 yard of embroidery floss
  • an embroidery needle
  • a pair of scissors

 

Thread the needle with embroidery floss and tie the end into a double knot. Push the needle through the back of bracelet. Lay the rhinestone chain along the middle of the bracelet, using the chevron pattern as a guide.

Stitch the floss between the first two rhinestone links, pushing needle out the middle of the bracelet. Bring the needle back through the middle, this time further down between the second and third links.

Continue stitching between the rhinestone links. After the very last stitch, tie a double knot on the backside and trim the ends.

Your friendship bracelet is sparkling and finished!

To add studs, you’ll need:

  • a chevron friendship bracelet (tutorial found here)
  • 5 3/8” brass cone studs (last used here)
  • a pair of small, sharp scissors
  • a screwdriver

Use a Sharpie or marker to make 5 evenly spaced marks along the middle of the friendship bracelet. From the backside, push the point of the scissors through the mark to create a hole.

Push a screw through the hole. Twist the coned spike onto the screw and use a screwdriver to tighten.

Repeat the steps with the rest of the spikes. Voila! Your friendship bracelet has a spiked spine.

To add chain, you’ll need:

  • a friendship bracelet (tutorial found here)
  • 5-6” of brass curb chain
  • 1 yard of embroidery floss
  • an embroidery needle
  • a pair of scissors

Thread the needle with embroidery floss. Untie one end of the friendship bracelet and re-knot it with the tail of the threaded embroidery floss. Push the needle through the outer edge of the backside of the bracelet.

Lay the chain flat, against the edge of the bracelet. Thread the needle over and through the first link. Push the needle though the backside about two rows down. Depending on the width of each link, the row count may vary.

Keep stitching. Make two stitches around the last link, untie the knot and re-knot with the last of the floss. Trim away any excess.

Your chain trimmed friendship bracelet now has an edge – how simple was that?

Stack ‘em, give ‘em away and you’re officially ready for summer.

Top 10 alarms

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For most people, getting out of bed in the morning is a bit of a struggle. Luckily, the 10 clocks below are here to help. Some wake you up with an annoyingly loud noise, while others won’t shut off until you complete a task–but they all promise to get even the sleepiest sleepyhead up and moving.

Start Your Engines

 

It’s full speed ahead as soon as this Genuine Hotrod Hardware drag-racing alarm clock goes off. The dashboard-inspired clock makes engine-revving sounds and flashes colored lights at the set time, so you’ll feel like you’re waking up right on the racetrack.

Hide and Go Seek

There’s no excuse for waking up late with this alarm clock. As soon as you hit “snooze,” Clocky jumps off your nightstand and begins moving around the floor, looking for somewhere to hide. Nothing like a little hide-and-go-seek to rouse you from your slumber.

Attention!

Ever wonder what waking up in the army would be like? Find out for yourself with this Drill Sergeant Alarm Clock, which blasts the army’s morning bugle call, “Reveille,” before your very own drill sergeant starts shouting orders.

Duck for Cover

This Sonic Grenade alarm clock is guaranteed to get your sleepy children out of bed. Just pull the pin, throw the grenade into the room and get out of the way as it emits an ear-piercing noise.

Blast Off

The Rocket Launcher alarm clock will really “launch” you from your bed. When the alarm goes off, it shoots a rocket off in your room, and the only way to turn it off is to locate the rocket and place it back on the launch pad.

Puzzled

There’s probably nothing more annoying than putting together a puzzle before you’ve even had a cup of coffee, but with the Puzzle Alarm Clock, you’ll have to do just that. Once your alarm goes off, three puzzle pieces go flying in the air, and you have to return the colored shapes to the correct places in order to shut it off.

Get Up, Stand Up

The toughest part about waking up for many people is physically getting out of bed. Luckily, the Carpet Alarm Clock helps you work through the hard part, by forcing you to stand up and step on the mat to turn it off.

Don’t Drop the Bomb

You know that moment in a movie when the hero has mere seconds to dismantle a bomb before it explodes? You can experience that excitement every morning with the alarm clock. When the Banpresto DangerBomb alarm goes off, a series of loud explosive noises will sound until you’ve successfully disconnected the correct wire.

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo

The KUKU alarm takes the experience of waking up on a farm to a whole new level. When it’s time for your alarm to go off, it starts crowing and five tiny eggs are released into a basket. In order to get the noise to stop, you have to deposit the eggs back into the clock.

It Keeps Going and Going

 

The No Snooze alarm clock ensures you’ll wake up the one—and only—time your alarm goes off. A bright green light is emitted from the top and beeping noises sound continuously until you’ve successfully lifted and rotated the alarm’s strap for 1 1/2 minutes. Think you can just take out the batteries? Not so fast—the alarm comes complete with built-in electrically rechargeable batteries.

VANS

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So what happens when a man with an extensive Hermes scarf collection asks the kind people at Vans to turn them into custom shoes? Some very beautiful & very unique footwear is created . If these were lace ups I would sell my soul for them.

  
















Cool gadgets for creative offices

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Each designer or agency office should be filled with creative and innovative gadgets that surprise our clients and stimulate the imagination. This will not make you a better designer, but looks are important, specially in front of your clients.

Are you a good designer? Then show us your gadgets.