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
I should definitely tidy more often. Every time I have a clear out I seem to find something fantastic I forgot I had. Thanks to my old work colleagues I acquired a few bags of forgotten treasures to rummage through last weekend and came across this fantastic fabric. I have had it for years and never found a use for it, so it seems like fate that a Royal Orchid and Emerald Green plaid piece of fabric would just land in my lap right now. I knew I had to use it! Instructions: 1. Cut your fabric to the length and… Read More
Yes, I am about to do my best impression of a broken record. Are you ready for this? So, you must know by now I love a bit of polymer clay. No way right!? If you’re a regular, occasional or just one time reader of Fall For DIY you’ve probably come across my love for the stuff. And you know the other thing I love? A good pattern trend. At the moment my obsession for marbling is becoming a little uncontrollable. I have contact paper ready to cover any surface at a moments notice but I wanted to do something… Read More
If your at all interested in jewellery making this is the place to start. Opening and closing jump rings is likely to be the technique you’ll use most in and it’s a really important one to get right. Having neat, secure jump rings is integeral to the aesthetics and function of each jewellery piece. Luckily it’s also probably the easiest technique to learn as well! The best pliers to use are either chain nose, bent chain nose or flat nose pliers. You need a plier with a flat section so you can get a good grip on the jump ring (I have used round nose… Read More
I love indian block printing. I have been meaning to start print experiments to build up designs and I’ve had foam to make stamps and do my own print trials for about a year now. Yet each time I’ve thought about making one I can’t seem to find anything to use as the base. It’s just one of those things that slips my mind when I’m out shopping for supplies, and then when I’m home can never seem to find anything practical (or I have some kind of brain freeze and can’t think of anything). That is until I was… Read More
This will more than likely be the first of many chainmail DIY posts here on Fall For DIY. I tend to get obsessed with materials and idead and right now this is my new favourite technique. Creating chain takes you right to the heart of DIY jewellery making as well as being pretty therapeutic. Another fantastic aspect of making your own chain is being able to make your own jump rings as delicate or bold and as big or small as you wish giving you creative control over your chain. INSTRUCTIONS: 1. To update spikes for Spring 2014 give them… Read More