September 16, 2014

DIY: Rhinestone Hair Combs from Cocktail Rings

When you want a fancy looking hair comb and you can't find one that's both affordable and pretty - what do you do? I've had this dilemma and was toying with the idea of making my own using storebought or eBay-bought rhinestone embellishments, but when I came across the pretty rings in one of the photos below, I decided to make my own using them - they were very affordable too! This rhinestone hair comb set just cost me under $2 in supplies to make.

  • Cocktail Rings
  • Tin snips
  • Wire cutter
  • Plastic hair comb
  • E6000 glue

There's a store in NYC that sells cheap cocktail rings for $1 for 10 pieces, and this is what I got - plus more. Yep - that's $0.10 per piece! I'm planning to buy more to use for other purposes as well. They're adjustable but some are bigger than others, but I didn't really care about the sizes as I planned to destroy them anyway.

Most of the ones I've gotten have bases that are easy to separate - the metal is pretty malleable - just bend with slight pressure in the direction perpendicular to the ring base.

If yours doesn't snap off that way, it may be easier to use a pair of tin snips to dislocate the rhinestone embellishment from the ring base. 

Using a wire cutter, trim off the excess metal that juts out from the ring embellishment (if there is any).

Don't forget to save those ring bases! You can always use them for future projects. 

If you have a longer/wider plastic hair comb, trim it in half using a wire cutter. I actually opted for this instead of a metal hair comb as the black blends in with my hair more. 

I also cut the end to produce a more symmetrical-looking hair comb.

Now all that's left to do is to glue down your ring embellishment onto the top of the hair comb - this is easily done by using E6000 glue and leaving it to dry. Alternatively, you can attach the embellishments by wrapping the embellishment onto the hair comb with a piece of wire (in the same color as your embellishment).

And that's it! Easy peasy - this project couldn't have taken more than 10 minutes to make (minus the drying time of the glue, of course). 

These are dressy enough for use in weddings, formal parties and other occasions, but also simple enough for (almost) everyday use.

If you make this, would you use a plastic comb or a metal one? Sound off in the comments! :)

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September 11, 2014

Trapeze Earrings at Live Craft Love

I've been making a ton of earrings these past few months. I don't know why, but for some reason my love for them has come back. I posted how to make simple trapeze earrings a few weeks ago (check that out if you haven't yet) and I loved them so much that I decided to make another, tiny-bit-more-complicated pair for my first post at Live Craft Love

I used semi-precious agate beads for this one, but feel free to substitute it with other beads! I love the way it dangles and the light feeling of it on my ears.

It's seriously perfect for casual outfits and a simple accessory to spruce up a party outfit. Hop on over to Live Craft Love to see how easy it comes together - click any of the photos above or the link below to get directed to the tutorial. Enjoy!

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September 09, 2014

Free Printable: Floral Birthday Card

I realized I haven't shared a printable in a while - so here's one I finished in between working on logos and tags a few days ago. A birthday card was requested a few months ago, but I only got around to working on it now. I am still in love with the floral details, and even though it's starting to feel more and more like fall, I still yearn for spring weather. 

Download the printable at the end of the post - This card is sized at 4.25" x 5.5" and is for personal use only, of course. But if you're interested in selling it commercially or want a custom one designed for a fee, you can always contact me through my graphic design page on Facebook. :)

It was a tad bit hard to photograph this thing, mind you... but I am in love with the soft colors - pretty girly, yes but I like it.

When you look for cards, what theme are you usually interested in?


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September 03, 2014

DIY: Dagger Earring Studs

Sometimes it's so hard to think of what to make! You want to make a lot of things but realize you don't really have time enough to do most of them in a day. I realized, though, that I haven't made earrings from popsicle sticks in a while - so here's an easy one for you inspired by these earrings from Anthropologie!

  • Popsicle sticks
  • X-acto knife or box cutter
  • Metal ruler
  • Sandpaper
  • Gold paint
  • Black paint
  • Brown paint or Wood varnish
  • Painter's tape
  • Jewelry studs
  • E6000 glue

First, draw an elongated triangle on your popsicle stick. 

Cut it out using a metal ruler and your x-acto knife or box cutter. I love using a heavy duty box cutter when cutting popsicle sticks as it's easier than using just an x-acto knife. That's my own opinion, anyway. Cut about 4 pieces of those in roughly the same size. 

Stick two pieces together with E6000 so you have a thicker and sturdier earring. You may want to clamp them together while drying so they stay nice and flat against each other. Sand the edges down specially if they're not exactly the same size to give you a more clean-cut looking earring. 

Now it's time to color them - water down some brown paint and paint both sides of your earrings. Alternatively, if you have some wood varnish laying around the house, you can use that as well. I like how wood varnish looks more than the paint though!

Next, tape up the front of your earrings and paint it with some gold - I used two-three coats for mine wait for that to dry. 

Peel off your tape, move it lower and paint the exposed area with black as shown in the photo above. If the gold peels off when you take the tape off, don't you worry! Just go back and repaint the parts that were damaged. 

Almost done - just stick your earring studs on the back of your earrings and wait for them to dry!

You have the option to seal them with a clear acrylic spray or mod-podge them afterwards, but here's the finished product!

Pardon the annoyed face, though. I just realized my remote shutter won't work anymore. But other than that, I love how this turned out - for me it looks better as studs than dangling earrings. Just saying!

I think this would look good in other color combinations too, link silver and blue. What color would you use? By the way, happy almost-fall! :)

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