I love it when people I know are doing good for themselves that’s why I was so excited when I saw my friend Erica had started a Jewelry shop Chic Grl. I was even more impressed by the design/price for each of the pieces (prices range from $0-28.00) . Anyway when I got this little gem of a headpiece from her shop, I could not wait to start wearing it and also put it on everyone I know. As my readers may know that’s not me in the picture, it’s actually my gorgeous roommate Sarah who kindly agreed to wear the headpiece for my blog as I wanted to get back behind the lens and also shes got a healthy neo-hippie look kind of going on which I thought looked great with the headpiece. I absolutely love it because its so simple but can be so elegant and quirky looking. Also see my love for vintage inspired pieces i.e. 1920s. See below for my favorites from Chic Grl:
Front view of the head piece! ($19.99)
Skull Cuff $8.99 (Reminds me of this Alexander McQueen bracelet)
Love Cuff’s $5.99
I love jewelry. Did I ever tell you I made and designed my own jewelry for a while? Anyway I thought this would be good post because I am always fixing or making jewelry for my friends when in reality most of what I do is really easy. Also I know a lot of us indulge in jewelry at forever21 or Topshop although they can snag pretty easily. So this is a tutorial on how to fix your broken jewelry. I promise if you get the tool and a couple findings (listed below) it will make your jewelry last so much longer!
You know how having a needle and thread is handy for patching up holes or rips. Well this is another tool you should have handy, it is literally the Godfather of jewelry tools...’round nose pliers’ the best thing about them is that they are cheap and you can get them for under $5 from craft stores or ebay. You can also get them with a pack of tools which I also recommend and will get to later.
These are the ‘findings’ (jewelry parts) most commonly needed to fix broken jewelry. They are open jump rings (in multiple sizes), and ear hooks (in silver and/or gold), and you can buy packs of them for like $2.
This is the broken jewelry I have been storing for a day like this. See if you can spot the damage.
These Turqouise earrings are missing a jump ring where I am pointing out.
You can open and close jump rings with the nose pliers. For these earrings I opened the jump ring with the pliers.
Then I stuck one of the holes on one end and the other hole in the other. Then I closed the jump rings with the pliers.
Don’t ask how both of the earhooks fell off of these earings and I still managed to not lose them because I have no idea. For these I needed jump ring and an ear hook.
I openend the Jump ring and I stuck the leaf on one end and the hook on the other, then I closed the ring.
Again these earrings needed jump rings. One of them was still attached so I just needed one for the other earring.
I opened both of the jump rings and put one side of the earring on one end and the other in the other end and then I closed it.
This necklace (mom’s) again missing a jump ring (see how useful!). I didn’t have a gold jumpring but I tried to mach it as best I could.
So what do I do now? Open the jump ring and stick one part on one side and the other and the other side, then close.
Again this is a charm that needs a jump ring in order for me to string it on to a necklace. So what do we do?
Tah Dah! Six born again pieces of jewelry that I can wear again. Have a look at your own jewelry and see if you can spot the jump rings or other connectors.
Do you get it? Is this at all helpful? I sometimes think these things are so easy that I don’t know how much I actually need to detail. Anyway let me know if you have any questions or need help on a different piece.
images from www.mfpepe.com
In case you haven’t noticed I LOOOOOOOOVE (and yes I can add more ’0′s) the sixties and neo sixties style. This is why I keep posting about Lana Del Rey; I can’t get enough of her style. That said, it is no wonder why I found Maria Francesca Pepe’s Spring/Summer 2012 Lookbook inspirational on so many levels. I have just bought nude/pinkish lipgloss from mac! Also I love how her jewelry is edgy but some how still manages to look uber feminine! Come on a safety pin-heart-brooch? chains around your thighs and chest? What do you think?
Okay I know kind of cheesy but I couldn’t help it. Anyway during fashion week I saw this jewelry by Kyle Hopkins and I was really intrigued. His jewelry is not only durable, (silver plated with gold) it is meaningful and unique. It looks modernist while retaining the preciousness of an heirloom. He cast his Autum/Winter 2012 collection from (top to bottom) his mother’s eye , his little sister’s ear, his first kiss’ lips, and his own fingerprints. How cool is that?! Although the jewelry is not cheap you know that the pieces are pretty unique as there is not much out there like this.