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 . . .

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.

DIY (Do It Yourself) Month 4 * Week 1

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hey y’all, happy new month..my saturday didnt really go quite well, but thats last month!! . Well, this week”s DIY is also a bracelet, i think bracelets are the reigning accessories these days…enjoy..and learn…(thanks to Kristie Kingston from United Kingdom, for the pics)

DIY Wrap Bracelet

 

You should all know by now that we are all about stacking bracelets on our wrists. The more, the better. In fact . . . the most, the best! With that being said, we’ll show you how to master a version of the ever so popular wrap bracelet. It’s so simple and addicting, you’ll soon be churning out these wristlets with your eyes closed. Clearly this arm party train isn’t stopping and it’s about time you get on board!

You’ll need (for a double wrapped bracelet) :

* Lengths will vary depending on the size of your wrist (see comments for suggestions).

 

Fold the length of leather cording in half to form a loop. The loop should fit around the hex nut, which serves as the clasp. Run the tip of the waxed linen upwards along the leather cord and towards the loop. Then wrap around the base of the loop at least 5-6 times, working downwards in the opposite direction. This secures the waxed linen cord and is the start of the bracelet.

Place the ball chain along the leather cording with the end of the chain meeting the end of the wrap. Holding the ball chain against the leather cord, wrap the linen around tightly.

Continue wrapping while checking it for fit around the wrist.

When you have reached the end of the ball chain wrap the linen cording around the leather strands 2-3 more times. Tie a knot with all three strands.

Thread the hex nut through the strands and tie a second knot.

Trim with scissors and your wrap bracelet is finished!!

The materials are listed for a double wrap bracelet. For a single or triple wrapped bracelet, divide the measurements by 2 and multiply by accordingly. Experiment with crystal or other types of chain!

It’s a party!

 

 

الجيل shamballa سوار

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Shamballa is sanskrit “bliss” sham-ba-lla transliteration. It is buddhist jewelry.

It meaning a kind of macrame bracelet and necklace with the semi-precious stone or gemstone ball beads and the crystal pave ball beads.

If it is a real shamballa bracelet it should have these symbols and I will explain them. The philosophy is incorporated in each of the designs through ancient Buddhist and Tibetan symbols – for example our thunderbolt which is said to symbolize enlightenment, the Kartika dragon which is said to symbolize the severance of all material and worldly bonds – or the signature double thunderbolt, the Star of Shamballa, which is a reminder to each and every one of us that we are unique just like the stars in the sky. Just like a star the human being can emanate light and heat. This way, a deeper meaning connected to the main philosophy is to be found in each of the pieces.

Shamballa bracelets have become the hands-down biggest accessory trend of 2011. Hip hop and rap artists like Chris brown, Jay Z, P Diddy, Busta Rhymes, and Dr. Dre have all been spotted wearing Shamballa bracelets, and that’s not all. Female celebrities like Beyonce and the Kardashians have also been photographed wearing these Buddhist-inspired bracelets. No other accessory is so hot right now! And the great thing about Shamballa bracelets is that there are so many different styles and colours to choose from, so you can accessorize while keeping your personal tastes and preferences in mind. 

 

The word Shamballa comes from ancient Tibetan and Buddhist traditions. Also spelled Shambhala or Shambala, Shamballa was known as a mythical kingdom hidden somewhere in Inner Asia that was said to epitomize the notion of Pure Land. This was a place where the physical and geographical didn’t matter—only spiritual and visionary concepts. For that reason, Shamballa bracelets represent highly-personal, ancient symbols like karma, inner peace, tranquillity, and happiness. Many people have begun to wear them during yoga session, martial arts practice, and meditation, although most buy them as a way to express their personal spirituality—not to mention mimic their favourite celebrities.