A Sunday Funday Fashion Post! Yes, you CAN Look Great Wearing Clothes from the Thirft Store…

I know I haven’t done a fashion post for awhile, so here it goes! I really liked the funky outfit I put together last night so I’ll share it with you.

I always like to prove you can do almost all your shopping from the thrift store and look great, so here is what I wore last night, with descriptions and prices on everything…

(Pictures taken at Denver’s Union Station)

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I love a little pop of color when wearing neutrals! It makes the outfit.

From Top to Bottom:

The long-sleeve square-neck black top is by “Velvet”, Goodwill $3.99, purchased this Summer.

Faux Fur Vest by Charlotte Ruse, also from Goodwill, $6.99, purchased last Fall.

DIY Black Heart Necklace (see it HERE) Created February this year.

Leopard-print brushed cotton jeans by Jones New York, Goodwill $8.99. Purchased last year.

HYPE black and gold clutch, Neiman Marcus Last Call, $38 (Originally about $200) purchased about 6 years ago. (this bag was a splurge for me, but I actually use it a ton.)

Costa Blanca Hot Pink satin ankle boots, Neiman Marcus Last Call $18. (originally over $100) purchased about 7 years ago.

Bracelet, Goodwill, $2.99, purchased a couple months ago.

 

So there you have it, more great looks from your neighborhood thrift store. What have you found lately? I’d love to hear about it.

 

Ode to Chanel DIY Camelia Necklace with Polymer Clay

I love Chanel. The first thing I’d buy if I won the lottery is a big fat Chanel handbag. And some Chanel shoes. And belts, and scarves, and jewelry…ok, you get the idea. So in the meantime, I’ve created this Chanel-esque camellia necklace from painted polymer clay (Super Sculpy) and a vintage faux pearl necklace.

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I sculpted the camellias out of polymer clay. I promise they are easier to make than you think. (See the how-to’s on that process HERE) Before baking, I pressed the pin-back into the clay so there would be a solid indented spot on the back to glue it into once it cooled. Though I am showing it here as a necklace, I put pin-backs on all three camellias so I could also where them on jackets, hats, scarves, wherever I need a little touch of Coco 😉 I chose to paint them black, but you could pick any color you like. They are painted in black acrylic paint and coated in a semi-gloss clear coat.

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I used a faux pearl necklace I had gathering dust in my jewelry box. I made a little loop in it by simply twisting a little wire on. I could have left the necklace as is too, I just like the way this looks.

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Here is what the backs look like. A bit messy I know, but no one will see the back but you. (You could certainly finish off the backs if you wanted.)

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Just place the pins where you want them and voila! Use your neat old vintage pins on pearls like this and you’ll have a unique statement necklace instantly!

I love how this turned out. Ideally, I’d wear it with multiple strands of pearls like Miss Coco herself.

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What amazing DIY project did you tackle this weekend? I’d love to hear about it in the Leave a Reply/Comments section.

My Big Fat Red Heart – A Polymer Clay Valentine’s Necklace DIY

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Here it is, the final piece of Valentine’s Jewelry, at least for now. I saved the easiest for last…

See the other Valentine Jewelry here:

My Bad-Ass Valentine

My Bloody Valentine Necklace

My Bloody Valentine Pin

I won’t bore you by repeating how to make the heart again (you can see the how-to on the hearts HERE). The one thing I did differently on this red heart was I carved out a hollow in the back to embed the hanger into (see photo of the back below). This piece is actually 3 necklaces in one that can all be worn together or separately. The flat silver necklace the heart is strung on is an old one that’s been sitting in my jewelry project box for years. Turned out the big heart fit on it perfectly. I can easily remove the heart if I want to hang it on something else. The other two necklaces are a combination of metal bracelets (also from Ornamental Beads) and sections strung with red beads. The red heart beads came from Ornamental Beads and the other beads were left over from other projects. For the bracelets, I just removed the clasps with my handy needle-nose pliers and put them together with the strung bead sections to form two necklaces.

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Here’s what the back of the necklace looks like: (Always add a bit of fabric where the painted piece will touch skin).

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And here are all three layers done and worn together:

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Did you make some cool jewelry for Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear about it in the Leave a Reply/Comments section!

 

My Bloody Valentine DIY Human Heart Pin in Polymer Clay with “Blood” Beads

My Bloody Valentine, Part Deux: the Pin.

In yesterday’s blog you saw the delightfully creepy Frida Khalo-esque Heart & Roses Necklace I made. In today’s post is the matching pin I made for my man. The spurting “blood” beads were actually his idea.

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I will not bore you by describing again how I made the polymer clay heart, as this one is exactly the same as the necklace just smaller (Get all the details HERE). This time I added the red beads at the top and a pin to the back.

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Before baking the clay heart, I poked the gold wire bead holders into the clay where I wanted them to go and baked the clay with them in place to hold the holes open. I also pushed the metal pin into the clay where I wanted it to go before baking so there would be a good indent to glue the pin into later. After the heart cooled, I gently pulled out the wires and painted the heart. When the final clear-coat was dry, I cut the wires to the length I wanted and added the red beads. (FYI Bead the wires BEFORE bending to shape or you’ll have a hard time getting longer beads onto the wire.) I glued the beaded wires in place, let them dry, then glued on the back. (I used two kinds of glue on the back for extra security, both the hobby cement and Duco cement.) All Done! (Note: the beads came from Meinenger’s Art Supply here in Denver, and the beading wire from Ornamental Beads.)

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Remember to be gentle with your polymer clay jewelry. It is fragile. I hope you are creating something wonderful this weekend!

 

Frida Khalo-esque My Bloody Valentine DIY Human Heart & Roses Necklace in Polymer Clay

Frida Khalo-esque My Bloody Valentine DIY Human Heart & Roses Necklace in Polymer Clay

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I admit, this necklace is not for the faint of heart (pun intended ;-)) nor the beginner crafter, but I promise it’s easier than it looks. Polymer clay (in this case, Super Sculty) is very forgiving and easy to work with. The key is taking it one step at a time.

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I based this necklace off a wall piece I made for my man last Valentine’s Day (see image at the bottom of this page). I was commissioned to make another for a collector, and I decided to make a heart necklace and a pin while I was at it. (you’ll see the pin in the next post, stay tuned!)

Grab that Sculpy, start kneading it, and get to the shaping. The key is taking it one step at a time, one shape at a time. I formed each part of the heart separately, using a Googled heart image for reference. I used basic sculpture tools to form the details. You can’t mess it up. If it doesn’t look right just smooch it back up and start again. The veins are the final step. (you’ll see those Sculpy heart-shaped hearts in this project and in another one coming later this week.)

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Here it is ready to go into the oven to cure. I imbedded a metal hanger in the back just before baking.

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Next came the roses. They are really easy. Form a bunch of petal-ish shapes, start with the inside of the rose by rolling it up fairly tight, then keep adding petals on until it looks, well, rosey. The underside of your rose will get chunky, but you can just squish it together and pull off the excess. No one is going to see the back but you. Then I added a few leaves, using the sculpture tools to carve in the veins. In this case, I imbedded round hoops in the larger roses. It’s important to really get them in there deep. You can add extra clay over the back if needed. The smallest rose has a hole put through it like a bead.

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After they have been baked and cooled, it’s time to paint. I used acrylic paints. The painting was done in layers. Again I used a Googled image for color reference.

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The final thing to get painted was the veins. When the paint was dry, I coated it all with a semi-gloss clear-coat.

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Now it’s time to bead. I kept it pretty light using just three sizes of red glass beads left over from a previous jewelry project (I think they came from Michael’s). I used simple crimps and jump rings to attach the beaded strands to the hoops and the fastener. (Ignore the chains in the upper right, I used those for another project.)

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And here is the final product. It’s kinda Goth, kinda creepy and kinda cool.

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Here’s what the back looks like…

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Remember to glue a soft piece of fabric like cotton or felt to the back of your painted pieces where they will touch your skin, and be gentle with your Sculpy jewelry. It may feel hard, but it is rather fragile and can break when dropped. (I once had a large piece crack from an over-exuberant hug.) If the worst happens they can usually be repaired with glue and touch-up paint.

Go get yourself some Sculpy and get creative! Make some jewelry and have fun with it. Oh and here’s that wall piece I made last year that I based this necklace off of (Design Copyright C. 2013 Marie Vlasic).

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My Bad-Ass Valentine…A Polymer Clay Black Heart Necklace DIY

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I love a big statement necklace…I seriously got my jewelry on this weekend. I made 3 big Valentine’s (well more or less) necklaces and 2 pins. Today I’m showing you the “Bad-Ass Valentine” necklace I made from polymer clay (Super Sculpy) and assorted chains and beads.

First, the heart:

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Massage that clay, warm it up and start shaping it. It’s easy, I promise. There’s no messing it up, just work it till it looks right…

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(I also made a tiny black heart pin for my man. He wears jewelry. He’s just cool like like.) A simple jewelry hanger was stuck into the top of the heart before baking. The beauty of Sculpy is it bakes to harden at 275 degrees in your oven. After it cools it’s painting time.

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(Seen here with the other projects) I used black acrylic paint, 3 coats, then coated it with semi-gloss clear coat. Now onto the assemblage…

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Here are all the “parts”: A 3-chain necklace I picked up at the thrift store ($2.50), some fun black spike beads from Ornamental Beads, and some simple black beads left over from another project. I removed the black velvet bits on the necklace (they made it too long), removed the lobster clasp from the velvet and reattached it to the new ends of the chain. (Easily done with a small needle-nose pliers). I then detached one of the chains, slide the big heart onto it and reattached.

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Then I strung one more chain with the black beads, the spikes and a few silver bits I found in my jewelry box. I used jump rings and crimps to attach this to the 3-chain part. Lastly, I glued a bit of leftover cotton fabric to the back of the heart (You wouldn’t want the painted heart rubbing on your skin.) The whole project cost me about $12 and about an hour’s time total. I love it! I’ll be wearing next week for sure (and beyond).

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There’s a few more unusual (and kinda freaky) Valentine’s jewelry blogs coming over the next week. FOLLOW THIS BLOG and you won’t miss a thing!

Fun & Funky DIY Beaded Statement Necklaces with Hello Kitty & Power Puff Girls

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DIY Hello Kitty Statement Necklace

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DIY Power Puff Girls Statement Necklace

For the final installment of this week’s theme of “Pre-Blog Projects Revisited” I decided to share a little fashion fun with you. I actually made these necklaces almost a decade ago, and I still love them. I dig the juxtaposition of really nice glass beads with the humorous plastic figures. I get a ton of complements whenever I wear them, and people are always surprised I made them. While they were not one of my cheapest creations, they were surprisingly easy to make, and still cost far less than retail for something comparable. As with the other posts this week, I am sorry there are no “how-to” pictures because these were done “pre-blog”, but I will explain how I made them as best I can.

I was inspired to make these after seeing something similar in a fashion magazine (I have tried to find it again online, to no avail) with little cartoon figures. I used a combination of handmade lampwork beads and store-bought beads. I bought the little plastic figures (Hello Kitty & Power Puff Girls) at Toys R Us, and simply drilled small holes in them. The pretty lampwork beads were bought from an artist on Ebay (you can also find some great ones on Etsy), and the rest of the beads came from Ornamental Beads (formerly Ornamental Resources). I just strung them on bead wire and attached the wires to simple closure finding, twisting the wires on with a pair of needle-nose pliers. The trick with multiple-strand necklaces is to graduate the size of s=the beads smaller and smaller when you get to the end where they will be attached at the closure. OK I admit, I really didn’t know what I was doing when I strung them (it does not look terribly professional, as you can see by the back of the necklace) but hey, it worked, and still holds up today.

I still like these so much I’m planning to make another one or two in the future, with better closures next time.

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DIY Power Puff Girls Statement Necklace-Side View

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DIY Power Puff Girls Statement Necklace-Shown on my mannequin Tallulah

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DIY Power Puff Girls Statement Necklace-Back View

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DIY Hello Kitty Statement Necklace-Side View

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DIY Hello Kitty Statement Necklace-Other Side View

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DIY Hello Kitty Statement Necklace-Shown on my mannequin Tallulah

Do you make your own jewelry? I’d love to see it! Tell me about it in the comments section.