I’m in a sparkly accessory mode at the moment. I just used Prada’s rhinestone clutch as inspiration in making my own bedazzled pouch and today’s piece from Michelle is on that same glitz train! The amazing part about her project is how she tackles an issue she deals with (and one that a lot of us deal with too!), allergies, and makes something that didn’t work, work like a very sparkly charm! See what she did…
I had purchased a few sparkly necklaces online, but it turns out I have a pretty nasty nickel allergy.
I kept the necklaces hoping I would find something to use them for. I finally came up with an idea using leftover black fabric, crazy glue, and ribbon.
I sketched a rough guideline on the fabric so I’d know where to lay the necklace [the ends were quite loose], applied the glue to the back of the necklace, and placed it along the lines.
I had to touch up a few areas where the glue didn’t quite take. I followed this up by trimming around the edges.
Next I removed the chain, leaving one loop on each end for the 1/8 inch black ribbon.
I cut each ribbon to about 24 inches long and doubled them up so the necklace can be any length from a tighter choker to a longer pendant style. Then tied a knot close to the loop and at the tying end.
Some of the metal still comes in contact, but this should severely cut down on the reaction. And it’s sparkly!
What an amazing job you did! This is such a great way to turn jewelry that doesn’t work into new staple pieces! That necklace is so fab and I love the how it matches the chevron print, with the pointy edges! See what else Michelle has created HERE!
I absolutely fell in love with this Prada clutch when I first laid eyes on it.
I just wasn’t as in love with the $2580 price tag. Using this gorg purse as inspiration, I was determined to create my own gemtastic masterpiece!
With all the leftovers that I’ve accumulated from the thousands of dresses I’ve remade, I knew I could stitch up a pouch in no time. I thought that this lovely piece would make the perfect base because…
…after I trimmed it up…
…and turned it into this…
…I had tons of leftovers to play with! Nothing that a little dyeing can’t fix to make this the perfect base!
With my pouch plans in place, Swarovski gems procured in the matching colors on the Prada purse (emeralds, yellows, golds, blues, clear)…
…and backings from EH Ashley in hand…
…it was time to get my bedazzle on!
My Swarovski-encrusted project is almost complete! I showed you this photo last week…
…and I’ve made quite a bit of progress since then.
Do you have any thoughts on what this might be turning into?? Share them below! You’ll see the after look tomorrow, so stay tuned!
This project was a first for me! I love dyeing anything and everything, but I hadn’t ever played with a resist of sorts (outside of rubber bands while tie dyeing) until today. And who knew…Elmer’s Blue Gel was going to be MVP?!
Not sure about you, but most (er, 98%) of my kitchen hand towels are spotty and stained. I thought this would be a practical and cute way to upcycle those old towels into something a little fresher instead of going out and grabbing new ones. The most fun part of this is that you not only get to become creative with your color choices, but you can personalize the towels! You can pick a word, children’s initials, the family surname, etc. to be what gets stenciled onto the towel. I worked with Rit Dye on this project, so the color options were going to be on point as well~
I chose the word “HOT”, knowing that this towel would be hanging from the stove. Yeah, just had to go literal on this one!
Using painter’s tape or duct tape, create letter stencils (like I did), use ready-made iron-on or adhesive stencils, or even print out on a sheet of paper to put underneath the towel to trace, for alternate stencil options.
Once the stencils are affixed to the towels…
When I first saw this zebra shirt at a garage sale, I totally passed it up. It was on a garment rack with a slew of other polyester shirts and I just wasn’t having any of them.
However I kept walking by it and started thinking about how fun zebra print is. The more I thought about it, I realized that this could be a piece that could work well…
…with the right styling and a good fit.
I guess it’s good that I tend to linger at garage sales – gives me just enough time to turn a “no” into a “yes”. And, when I brought it to the sellers to pay for (along with the other goodies I found), they just gave it to me (thanks guys!!). I think they had seen enough of it and was ready to say goodbye.