Monday, July 27, 2009

FREE gift from Coach- Coach Poppy Pencil Set!

I just got back from Coach today with my FREE Coach Poppy Pencil Set!

Coach’s Facebook group is giving away Coach Poppy Pencil sets. All you have to do is fill out the form below and take it into Coach.

I would advise calling Coach first to make sure your nearest Coach store has some left.

I am going to use mine to sketch my jewelry and clothing designs. :)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

DIY J.Crew Glass Pearl Necklace Tutorial

I love the J.Crew Glass Pearl Necklaces, so I decided to do a tutorial for anyone who would like to make their own!

The necklaces come in several shades of pearl; I will be making a pink pearl in this tutorial.

Let’s get right down to business!

- Gold plated chain
- 12 12-mm pink glass pearls
- 6 8-mm gold plated crystal disc rondells
- Gold plated or non-tarnish brass wire – 24 or 22 gauge thickness
- Clasp

- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Ruler

I’m using disc rondells in between the pearls instead of the barbell ones Jcrew uses- Once I finished the necklace I realized that I actually prefer the look of the disc rondells more. :)

For the gold plated chain I chose a thicker chain as the original necklace has a thicker chain with a dark gold, almost brassy, color.

For the chain you’ll need (3) 7-inch pieces and (4) 3-inch pieces

For those who are beginner or novice, here is an excellent diagram showing how to use pliers to create wrapped loop.

1) Grasp the wire about 2 inches from the end with chain-nose pliers. Bend the wre flat against the pliers to create a 90 degree angle.

2) With round nose pliers grasp the wire at the 90 degree angle you just made. Pull the wire up and over the top of the round nose pliers.

3) Place the lower jaw of the round nose pliers back into the look you just made and,

4) continue pulling the wire around the bottom jaw into a full round loop.

-Before you finish your loop entirely you will want to run the end of your chain segment onto your wire.-
5) Hold the loop you just made stationary with chain-nose pliers (I wrap mine in masking tape to protect the wire) and using your fingers or bent nose pliers wrap the wire around the neck 2-3 times. Use wire cutters to trim excess wire.

Box # 6 in the diagram shows the finished wraped loop. If you like, you can then use pliers (needle or chain nose) to tighten the loops ontop of one another.

Now place your pearl, rondell and second pearl on the wire and create another wrapped loop (steps 1-6) with a chain segment . This is what it will look like:

Repeat the process--the order of chains between the pearls from clasp to clasp will be the following pattern:
Clasp, 7-3-3-7-3-3-7, Clasp.

With a pearl-rondell-pearl combination (-) in between each stretch of chain.

The finished product:

Some artisitic shots:

I also made this necklace in a purple toned pearl:

I hope this helps! Enjoy!

Megan Fox Turquoise Necklace - My Inspired piece

I like many people, adore the double strand turquoise necklace Megan Fox wore to the Eagle Eye premiere.

Megan Fox’s necklace is more of a green turquoise than a blue. Green turquoise is less common and harder to find than blue.

Here is my version (right) next to Megan Fox’s (left):

I used rich green faux turquoise freeform nuggets and a antiqued silver toggle clasp.

Here is another shot side by side with my version on the left.

I was thinking about putting it up on etsy if anyone is interested in having their own. :-)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Lovely Audrey Hepburn

Being that this is my first post, I could think of no better way to start my blog than by paying homage to the lovely Audrey Hepburn.

Audrey remains one of the greatest style icons, and not just for her sense of fashion, but also how she carried her self with ultimate grace. She was and still remains the pinnacle of class, sophistication, and the definition of chic.

As a little girl I would have much rather grown up to be Audrey Hepburn than a ballerina like so many girls in my third grade class, and while Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a great movie, nothing for me will ever top Roman Holiday:

So without further ado, here are some of my favorite pictures and quotes from the lovely Audrey Hepburn:

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” - Audrey Hepburn

“For me, the only things of interest are those linked to the heart.” - Audrey Hepburn

Breakfast at Tiffany's:

Doing everyday things much more glamorously:

“I was born with an enormous need of affection and a terrible need to give.” - Audrey Hepburn

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.” -Audrey Hepburn