Gold accents are enough to make even the most base materials look luxurious and extravagant. Just look at the gold dipped concrete vases many bloggers are making at the moment. Always gorgeous. I’ve got big plans to make some myself! I’ve collected together some of my other favourite gold accent posts from a few of my favourite DIY bloggers. These guys are some serious talent. Get on this! 1. Gold Foil Tumblers / 2. Gold Leaf Clay Ring Bowl / 3. Modern Mousepad / 4. Paillette Sequin Collar
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been well and truly landed firmly on the concrete DIY band wagon. I love the mixture of rough and smooth textures you get when working with raw concrete and I’ve wanted to explore using the material in jewellery making now for some time. So I whipped out (who am I kidding, I never put it away) my new fondant gemstone mould and got to work. I’ve been experimenting with consistency, colour and dyes to make the pastel shades. I’ll be posting more about that another time so pop over to Bloglovin and follow… Read More
Head pins and eye pins are a staple of jewellery making. One of the most useful reasons to use head pins is to turn beads into pendants or charms. As long as there’s a hole going all the way through it, you can use this technique. In this tutorial I’m focusing on head pins which will give a loop at just one end. You can then use this loop to attach it to your chain or rope or keyring or earrings etc… (the list goes on) Instructions: 1. Put the head pin through the bead. 2. Bend 90 degrees to… Read More
We all have to compromise at times. In relationships, at work and our day to day decision making. But sometimes compromise can be a real benefit if you make it work for you. My biggest compromise so far this year is starting a ‘What I’m wearing’ style column on FFDIY. Doesn’t sound like much of a compromise though, right? There’s a few reasons I’ve decided to start posting a regular style section on Fall For DIY. I like most other people are setting my goals for the year and pushing myself to step out of my comfort zone. Getting in… Read More
I’ve been feeling a little despondent for the past couple of weeks so this morning I’ve been focusing on the positive things in life. 1. The days are getting longer. We’re coming through to the other side of winter and it’s getting lighter for more of the day! 2. Planning a weeks trip to France and Holland/Germany/Belgium/who knows in March. 3. It’s Friday! 4. This happy little guy. 5. And finally this quick, sparkly DIY to help combat those January blues. Instructions: 1. Peel the paper off the back of the first rhinestone and stick it in the middle of… Read More
I’ve been back on the polymer clay this week whipping up a tutorial for my regular contributor slot on Oh So Pretty the Diaries. I was loving the way my marbled clay was coming out and wanted to do something with a little colour to it. You can see the full tutorial over on OSP so pop over and see how I did it!
It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally been won back over by the pearl. It’s probably been about 10 years since I last wore pearl (or pearl like) beads. It’s not that I don’t like them. We just never really saw eye to eye really. It’s funny the way we can change our minds about these things. I’m a fickle creature. The thing was because of my misguided animosity to the pearl I didn’t have any in my little box of tricks (beads) so… I made one. You’ve probably seen air dried porcelain on Pinterest (if you need the recipe… Read More
There are a lot of reasons to make your own chains. If it’s to replace tarnished or broken chains, change the look of a necklace or just whip up something quick before a big night out you’ll definitely appreciate this little snippet of knowledge. Making necklace chains like this involves using jump rings. For an expert way to use these check out my post on How to Open and Close Jump Rings like a Pro Instructions: 1. Open a jump ring. Put one end of the chain and your chosen clasp (I’ve used a lobster clasp) onto the jump ring. Close… Read More