Tasselled Shoes

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Tassels, associated with decorative fluff that adorn all extravagant ornamental cushions. Especially if they’re gold, because yknow, gold tassels.

Tassels have bedecked the most hippie chic and bohemian of festival goers, and its ornate feel lends a sense of festivity even when one is not at, and quite frankly, very far away from any festival. With the never-ending heat (I know, I cannot shut up about the heat), sandals are always my go to choice of footwear because they are airy and breezy for the feet! AND less foot sweat. I’ve had these strappy black sandals for a while, it literally has just two straps, and I’ve been pondering over what to do with them. Sure they can fulfill my minimalistic, aesthetic needs, but I felt like they have so much potential to be jazzed up.

I saw this super easy tutorial on Pinterest on how to make tassels, and I immediately went to get some metallic yarn to try it out on my own. It’s really cheap, I got a colour for around a dollar at ArtFriend. The tassels I ended up making were quite mini, but they were perfect for adorning my sandals. You literally only need a fork and yarn to make the tassels (okay and quite a bit of patience!!).

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Here are the sandals:

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And after:

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Basically, I just tied simple knots around the strap of my sandals so that I can wear these shoes with or without the tassels whenever I wish to. Style them with a simple dress or a cool co-ord, and there you go!!

 

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The Choker Edit

I really hate chokers. It’s probably not going to help my case here, but I remember despising them ever since they were popular in the early 2000’s. There was a phase when my sister and I were toddlers and my mother would make jewelry for us and take photos of us wearing these bridal-esque veils, fake daisies in hand, and these dainty glass beaded necklaces and bracelets. Then came the dreaded chokers. Her’s were meticulously beaded and the designs were so detailed and gorgeous, but I hated wearing them with a passion, even if it was only for a few minutes. I recall being all dramatic about it and I was only 5 or 6, claiming that they hurt my throat or something.

Now it’s all different. The chokers have made a victorious comeback, and I could not be bothered to catch up with the trend at first. I was quite adamant about not paying for an accessory that made you feel like CHOKING, no thank you. And after all, it’s just string around your neck, why I would pay for that was quite beyond me.

But after I bought this black top that had a choker cut (not really a neck wrangling choker, just the cut), I found myself falling for the choker. Its simplicity and class could elevate one’s outfit if worn just right, it could be sweet, it could be edgy. So fine, after the choker cut top became a staple in my closet, I grudgingly saw the appeal of the choker. Maybe, just maybe, my neck could stand feeling slightly tortured for a few hours for the sake of aesthetics. But I still didn’t want to pay for string around my neck. So here’s the simplest DIY ever and will only take you a minute tops, for three different kinds of chokers.

You will need:

  • Velvet string, thick and thin. You can find these at craft shops such as Spotlight.
  • 3 gold/silver jump rings (the kind for jewelry making purposes)

FIRST LOOK

jump ring embellishment + long ribbon behind

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  1. Take three jump rings
  2. String them through the velvet
  3. Take the end of the velvet ribbon and string it through the first jump ring that went in
  4. Pull the two ends of the ribbon and it should look like this:ALP_4423

SECOND LOOK

a few rounds around the neck + ribbon

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THIRD LOOK

literally just tied a knot

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This post just amuses me so because it really can’t get any lazier/easier than this! Go forth now, ignore that choking feeling around the neck, go make your own chokers!!

Marble Jewelry Dish

I love the classy look of marble. I’ve seen variations of this marble jewelry dish make its rounds on Pinterest recently, so I decided to make one for my friend’s birthday too. I don’t really make things for people, but this one’s fun to make, not very time-consuming, and actually looks pretty good! Use it to store or display pretty trinkets and jewelry and bask in the aesthetic pleasingness of the swirly marble look.

You’ll need:

  • Clay in black and white (I used Premo Sculpey)
  • Something to roll out and flatten the clay
  • A cutting board
  • An object with a circular base
  • An oven
  • Gloss is optional!

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The pictures should be self-explanatory, but here are some instructions to make the steps clearer.

  1. Get some black clay and white clay. There should be a four to one ratio of white clay to black clay.
  2. Roll out the clay into little strips and wrap the black ones around the white ones as shown in the photo. This will help you achieve the swirly effect better.
  3. Mix them together. I would combine everything and then pull them apart in halves, mixing and pulling and repeating that over again. Make sure you don’t do this too much, or else you’ll end up with a flat gray instead of swirly marble.
  4. With a bigger rounded object, roll it out so it is evenly flattened.
  5. Place the flattened clay on a cutting board so you don’t scratch the table when the paper knife is used.
  6. Place a mug above with a rounded base big enough for holding jewelry, and using the paper knife cut around it.
  7. Bend the edges upwards so that it takes the shape of a dish and doesn’t become some flat clay thing.
  8. With instructions from the clay packet, bake it in the oven accordingly. I used Premo Sculpey clay and it says 30 mins at 175 degrees. Since white clay is used, don’t overbake it as it can yellow out.
  9. Although not pictured, I painted the edges gold so it would look more classy and ornate.

Hope the wordy instructions don’t put you off, they’re just there for clarification. Just follow the photos, remember to bake it, and you’ll find yourself in possession of a beautiful marble-y jewelry dish!

 

Watercolour Jewelry Dish

I’ve been drooling over the watercolour/marbling trend on ceramics and I decided to give it a whirl. I love the whole abstract, brush swept look I saw here and the gorgeous gold accents is a sort of continuation of my gold streak! To be honest, starting out I was worried my dish was going to end up looking like a kindergartener’s work of art, but after much swirling and adding water I think it worked out (who am I kidding lol). Even if it looks bleh, add some gold, it’ll really save the day!! And I think jewel tones like sapphire, emerald, and rich purples would look really good here since it’s a jewelry dish.

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I used a soap dish from Daiso I got for 2 bucks (DEAL!!), and I think you can find a really great assortment of classic white dishes and small plates you can use as a jewelry dish. This only took me 30 minutes to do, is relatively easy and you can experiment so much with these steps! Instructions below.

What you need:

  • A jewelry dish
  • Paintbrushes
  • Watercolour
  • Gold paint
  • Small paint dish with water
  • Alcohol swabs (anything to clean the dish with)

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Easy Steps:

  1. Wipe your dish so that it’s clean and free of dust.
  2. Grab a colour, I chose a dark emerald green here, and mix with water. Ensure that the colour is quite opaque.
  3. I swirled the colour around and soaked some colour up with tissue. This gives it some of that contrast in colour and prevents the colour from being too opaque.
  4. Let some of the colour sit, then add in the gold to avoid the two being completely mixed. I used my fingers to spread the gold paint for more of a watercolour effect.
  5. Let it air dry and use!

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Geometric Earrings

I truly apologise for the lack of updates, I was busy with exams and all recently. But I’ve finally gotten around to doing another DIY and I’ve been wanting to share this for the longest time! So I’ve been into quirky, geometric earrings recently, and I’m quite taken by these long, rectangular ones. Since I’ve been experimenting with clay and textures right now, I decided to make these earrings for fun! And they look edgy if I say so myself.

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  1. Roll out some black clay, or clay in any colour really. Just make sure it’s even and thick enough.
  2. Cut it out into rectangles.
  3. Take out a pair of earring studs and backings. These came from my mom’s stash back in the days when she made jewellery, but you can find them at ArtFriend.
  4. Insert the stud into the clay, but make sure it doesn’t show on the other side.
  5. With instructions from the clay packet, bake it in the oven accordingly. I used Premo Sculpey clay and it says 30 mins at 175 degrees. If you use white or a lighter colour don’t overbake it as it can yellow out.

And that’s about it, easy as pie. The studs might be a little loose so add in superglue if it falls out, there should already be an imprint on the clay pieces. I made these in gold and marble as well and it turned out pretty good!

 

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GOLD ACCENT BAGS

This DIY is so easy and it only took me a night to do! I found these colourful pouches for a dollar each off a street shop in Bangkok last year. The colours were too plain for my liking, but I love the contrasting bright colours of the pouch and the zipper. It isn’t very time consuming and it can jazz up old bags and pouches instantly (more like in a day but y’know!!).

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These are made of PVC material. I found some gold paint ($4.50) from Art Friend. This one gives off a nice shiny gold sheen, but only after five coats of paint. The packaging says to wait an hour between each coat, but I reapplied the paint about every 30 minutes and that seemed to do the trick too!

What you need:

  • Gold acrylic paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Some old newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • A pouch!

Collage

For the blue pouch, I taped a corner of the pouch to newspaper to section off a corner I wanted for it to be gold. For the pink pouch, I taped a v-shape and tried to keep it symmetrical (I TRIED!!). Even if it ends up being asymmetrical, the gold itself is pretty enough to distract people from noticing! I left it to dry for a day and after that you can pretty much start using it.