Tuesday, April 30, 2013

DIY Triangle Collar Chain

I don't know why this blog is all about jewelry and accessoires really, even though I had absolutely no intention. And although I write this blog mainly for myself, I still got kind of excited when the traffic on my blog changed from nearly nothing to something today. Anyways, because of that here comes another tutorial using the technique I showed you in this DIY post.

Aluminium Sheet Metal
2 brooch pins
Silver chain (approx. 27 cm)
Silver jump rings
2-component adhesive

Metal shears
Micro Mesh sandpaper

You start off by constructing the triangles. It has to be wider than your brooch pins are and should be rectangular, so that fits in the corners of your collar.
Afterwards you trace it on the metal, cut it out with your metal shears and trim the edges with your Dremel/Proxxon, following the instructions in this post.

Before you polish the triangles, you want to drill a hole in both. Make sure you mark them in the corners where the right angle is. Carefully drill the holes and polish one side, because obviously the other side will not be seen.

Mix the glue as written on the package and apply it on the brooch pins. Place them on the unpolished side of the triangles, opposite to the hole, but do not press! Let it dry over night.
Cut the chain: One piece should be about 13,5 cm long, the other one a little bit shorter. Attach them on each side with a jump ring and connect them with the triangles.

Check out this post for ready-made collar chains!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Collar Chains

Small details can make any outfit, especially if you don't have the money to spend it on huge amounts of clothes. I think basic and simple pieces can work great - but only if you combine it with the right accessoires. To me one of those right accessoires to perfect your outfit are collar chains. Because of that I am working on a tutorial on how to make a collar chain based on the metal technique explained in this post.
If you are not that DIY kind of person, check out these wonderful collar chains:

1. Skull Collar Pins with Chain via asos 2. Gold Tone Chain Collar Tips via River Island  3. Stud Collar Brooch with Chain via asos 4. Metal Cross Collar Necklace via Rings & Tings  5. Triangle Collar Tips with Chain via asos  6. Chain and Spikes Collar Tips via Topshop    
Silver Raven Collar Chain via Regalrose

What do you think about collar chains? Which one do you like the best?

Friday, April 26, 2013

DIY Three Finger Rings

As I showed you in my last DIY post I'm recently working a lot with metal again. Obviously I want to explain you the process of making jewelry with metal sheets as I believe it is one of the best techniques for jewelry making at home. You do need some tools or/and material you don't necessarily have at home but it is definitely worth it getting them. If you find ready-made rings or metal pieces you can of course just skip the tutorial and start with gluing the pieces together.

Aluminium pipe (approx. ø2cm)
Aluminium sheet (1mm)
2-component adhesive
benzine/ rubbing alcohol

small saw ('Puk-Säge'- don't know the English word)
bench vise
Proxxon drill/ Dremel
metal shears
small hammer
Micro Mesh Sandpaper

1. Making the rings

For this step you'll need your saw, rasp, the pipe and a bench vise.

Place the pipe in the vise, mark the width of your ring and then saw. Make sure you saw straight or otherwise your ring is going to be asymmetric! Repeat this step three times for a three finger ring.

Shape the edges with a rasp until they won't hurt you anymore.
If the pipe does not fit your fingers perfectly, just cut it open with metal shears.

So easy!

2. Cutting the metal

Okay, this step is a little bit more complicated, but still manageable. You will need the Dremel/Proxxon/whatever, the metal sheet, your metal shears, a small hammer, Micro Mesh sandpaper (or something similar), a ruler and a marker.

Start off by drawing the shape of your ring. Mine is a square which is as long as three of my fingers are wide, but you can make any shape really. Then cut the whole thing out using your metal shears.
To flatten the square you may need to carefully hammer the metal.

Now it's time to shape the edges with your Dremel. Make sure they look nice and even.

The last step is polishing the whole square. Obviously you only need to do this on one side since the rings are going to be on the other.

3. Gluing

Last and most important step - glue both together! Therefore you need rubbing alcohol or benzine, a cloth and - of course- 2-component glue.

As you can see my glue is from 1998, actually my father got it from his mother, but it still works perfectly.
Clean both the ring and the square with alcohol or benzine. This will make the glue stick better.

Now apply the glue on one side of the square as shown in the picture. You don't need to apply it on the ring as well, but better safe than sorry!

Place your rings on the square. Make sure the rings are in the right order - you don't want your index finger ring to be next to your ring finger ring.
Let it dry over night and your very own three finger ring is finished!

I hope this all makes sense, just ask if you have any doubts :)