The 2016 unfortunately blasted numerous artists sending them to neverland. One of them was my one and favorite David Bowie. For Bowie, who left, and for my love of big offbeat earrings, I made these stunning, tribute, thunder glitter ones (that clip ons, cause I have no holes on my ears).Read More
If it's not your first time in this site, you might have noticed that I go crazy making colorful and strange things and wearing them with pride and joy in public. In this list of diys first come the necklaces made from unexpected materials and second the earrings. And althought I am cursed to be allergic in all kinds of metalllic materials that penetrates my earlobe, I don't have the biggest collection of big, dramatic earrings (as I would love to). Only some clipped, light ones. With that said, clipped and covered with confetti will be today's happy earrings.
And to make long story short, I proudly presnt you the diy that will make your day!
What you will need: colorful confetti , atlacoll (also called wood glue), PVC sheet, earrings clips or regular ones, scissors, silicone gun (optional)
1. First draw your earring's shape on a piece of paper. Then Put the sheet of PVC on the patron and copy it. Cut your shape and voila.
2. Apply a thin layer of atlacoll on one side of the earring and dip it into confetti. The purpose of this fun procedure is to cover all the side with confetti, without leaving naked glue parts (the glue turns transparent when it dries so you don't want transparent gaps). Let it to dry and apply do the same on the other side too. I would recommend applying 2 layers of confetti in the front side. Repeat the same with the other earring.
3. If you want to give the earring a rotation better do it as long as the glue doesn't dry, cause otherwise your earring will stop being flexible. When they are absolutely dry, using the silicone pistol glue the earring clips on the back side. If you don't have a silicone gun, you can always do the same with a little ammount of atlacoll. Afterwards secure any almost-flting cobfetti and cut the excess confetti from the edges.
4. Wear your new cuties and collect your friends' compliments. Arent't they absolutely perfect?
Credits | Writing & Photographs : Debbie Kortes
What they say about the handmade pieces, that the inspiration for them can come from almost anywhere, it's completely true. In these cases of unexpected inspiration, the joy of creation is even greater.
For instance: You are eating pistachios while watching a movie that you hoped you liked more. Alongside toy empathize the main character's drama by wondering how could you reuse this compact (the shells) raw material creatively. Op, bright idea. You stop the movie, get up, go to the kitchen, remove peels and soft pieces off the shells, wash them and leave them to dry, cause tomorrow a total transformation is waiting for them. Going to sleep happily. The -creative- end.
You will need: silicone glue gun, string for necklace, peanut shells, brushes, tempera colors, glitter, scissors, jump rings and secure ends for the necklace
1. Arrange the shells in the shape that the final necklace will have, with their openings facing downwards.
2. Using the silicone gun glue the all shells, by securing those which contact. Beware with the glue's flow, this is of course the back side of the necklace and you are entitled to make a few more messes.
3. Glue the secure ends with the string's end and press the secure end's ears to grip well (use a handle pliers or a pair of scissors to do so).
4. Having done the security ends, cut a generous length of string on each side and check to find the in which height of your neck you want the necklace to be. If using hard strings before securing it to the necklace note to have the concave string's side facing to the inside-to your neck.
5. Break a little piece on the top of the last shell in each side, so that the string can fit inside the shell's pit. Fill the pit with silicone and the dip the string inside to stick really well.
6. I liked my necklace to be black, but you can paint yours whatever color you desire using tempera colors. If you paint it a lighter color, go with a lighter shade to cover the shell's color and create a base. Then use darker shades to the diagonal bottom corners and lighter ones to the diametrically diagonal up ones. This trick will create the effect of artificial shadows and the necklace will look very impressive. I also added some glitter in the shell's pit, so when light falls on it its really cool.
7. Now, for the back side, in order to hide the bumps of glue, I painted the necklace one darker hue than the shell's natural color and I added black-gray brushstrokes to the diagonal lower corners to create some artificial shades. So now can be worn by two sides. Win-win!
By the way, every great necklace that respects itself, will ask for a photoshoot to be featured. Vasilis and me satisfied its request by photographing it one warm summer afternoon. See the whole photo shoot here - it was such a fun one to do!
I hope to inspired you to make an original necklace next time you wonder, which one would match with your outfits. Don't be afraid to experiment with shapes and colors.
If you want more necklace inspiration see all my creations here
Whoever is an amateur or professional photographer here, might have noticed that it's a bit awkward passing from the photographer's "safety" to lens' exposure. Well, I have already the stigma of "Debbie-with-the-fancy-camera", so everyone is so assured of me taking all the trip's/happening's photos and then sharing them to everyone. I am not grumbling here, not at all; I love this role. I am a perfectionist with my memories, so I want to choose what I want to immortalize in my photos. what will I be immortalized. Therefore, as I prefer being behind my camera, it took me long to start appearing in the blog. I believe that a start was made for the needs of photoshooting my necklaces and this new necklace couldn't be an exception and be left in the dark.
Oh this necklace is perfect and maybe one of my best ideas. It is made from peanut shells, glued with silicone and painted with tempera colors. The raw material is is transformed so much, the only thing unaltered is the marvelous structure of the shell. And you are left to wonder, the raw material of this necklace. And it's so special, it can be worn by two sides creating a different texture every time.
All photos are shot by Vasilis Ioakeimidis
The first side, the one with shells' openings, is black with a little black glitter in the openings' recesses.
The back side is mustard with black shadows and exploits the curved portions of the shells.
Aww these stars. From the moment I made them, I fell for them and now I want to wear them all the times. Let aside the fact that there isn't any event to be worthy enough to accommodate them. When they enter the room, all the other headbands become pale and sear. They are so perfect, that my words are needless to describe how perfect they are.
1. Firstly you cut out of paper or carton stars of same /different size.
2. Mix atlacoll with water in ratio of 6:1 and end up with a mix like marmalade. With a thick brush cover the 2 sides of the star with the glue.
3. Press the star in the glitter, so that it will stick on the star's surfaces.
4. Let it dry and then cover it again with the glue, toss it in the glitter, cover it with glue to secure the glitter. Do that 3 times.
5. Let the stars to dry vertically.
6. Secure the stars on a headband of your hair's natural color with a small amount of atlacoll on their back. Let them dry and tadaa!
It's true that I have fling with statement necklaces, made of all kind of materials. The other day I fell on that diy carton vase and the idea for that necklace landed like a meteor in my mind. I had to make such a necklace. And so I did. The first impressions by my friends were very surprising as they were a mixture of: "oh it must be really heavy" and "is it made by metal?". Well no friends, it's only light, cheap carton. Yeah
You will need: cardboard from a cereal box, ruler, diabetes, scissors, scalpel toothpicks, instant dry glue, thick cardboard, atlacoll glue (or mod podge), glitter, tempera colors, small clothespins, brush, plastic disposable box, thin wire , clasps for necklaces
1. For a necklace exactly like mine, you will need cycles with 4cm and 3,5 cm diameter. Pull line segments of 4 (and 3,5) cm. In the middle of the line is (O) spot and in the ends the (A) and (D) ones. Make a cycles with an (O) center that intersects (A) and (D) too. Then with the (D) as a center pull semicircles, that pass over the (O) and intersect with your first cycles in the (B) and (C) spots. Join the (A), (B) and (C) and make your equilateral triangles.
2. Use a ruler to fold the outer parts of the triangles’ sides.
3. Glue the “ears” of the cycles (the outer parts of the triangles’ sides) with instant dry glue and secure with clothespins until dry.
4. Think of any shape for necklace and in case you want to duplicate mine, here are exact cycles’ diameters for you.
5. You may notice that the glued cycles have a tendency to fold inward, so create a base for your necklace by patronizing the base triangles only, the outboard ears should not be included, using thick cardboard. Determine which side is the top of the necklace and with a scalpel’s help open 2 small holes to pass the wire (or whatever strap you wish) and secure them with 2 toothpicks to ensure that will stay open.
6. Blend atlacoll (or mod podge) and water with a ratio of 5:1 (you want a sticky mixture here) and add any tempera color you want your necklace to have (black for me, for a dark gray shade). Save some of your mixture in a separate container and in the first one add the glitter until you have a uniform granular texture.
7. When the 1st cover dries, apply a 2nd one using the no-glitter-mixture pass to fill gaps and secure the glitter.
8. When the 2nd cover is dry too, remove the toothpicks. Also, paint the back of the necklace and put your wire/strap on, along with the clasps. You may secure the strap on the back of the necklace with a little of atlacoll.
On the left you can see the necklace with the 2nd cover of glue applied, while on the right it’s the same one with the 1st one only on. For the 2nd cover you can use a lighter color if you don’t want to overshadow the glitter so much like me.
Combine it with a monochromatic blouse and a skirt or shorts or jeans. Here's my to-go outfit for it.