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I am a notorious binge-watching fiend. Crappy week at the office, family drama, hormonal, and out of chocolate; whatever minor life drama I have can send me scurrying for my Netflix queue so I can disconnect for a bit. A while back, my program of choice was Pretty Little Liars, so I was delighted to discover that the new Guest Bartender at Bauble Bar was Shay Mitchell. Along with the collection being so many of the things I love in my jewelry (sparkle, globally inspired shapes, ethereal styling), it was like getting to see an old friend. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.
The chokers alone would have made me love this collection. I was a very big fan of the trend when it last came around in the late 90’s, early 2000’s. I even still have a few of my more elaborate ones saved in my jewelry box. I mean, if there was ever a collection that could make a girl feel like royalty, it would be this one. With so many glittering pieces, I find myself at a loss as to what to purchase first. I also find myself trying to come up with reasons why I might “need” this or that piece. I mean, the holidays are coming up, and there are going to be plenty of reasons that a girl might need a little extra sparkle. Right?
I have a fondness for things that sparkle. It doesn’t have to be diamonds or gemstones, I am just as happy with glass, crystal or rhinestones. When I saw the most recent Jewelry DIY by the ladies at Honestly…WTF, I felt like they had made this tutorial just for me.
Start by hammering the hallow gold tube flat. Use the flatnose pliers to flatten and even out the texture.
Pull the working surface off the edge of a table. Pierce a hole and push the earring post through the working surface. Squeeze a dollop of E6000 onto a disposable spoon.
Use a toothpick and apply a generous amount of glue onto the flat post. Glue on the flattened curved piece. Allow to dry for 10-15 minutes before applying more glue and attaching the shorter rhinestones to the post. Use the pliers and toothpick to help maneuver the rhinestones. Allow to dry.
Add more glue along the curved piece and add the longer rhinestones, one piece at time and in an alternating pattern.
Use the toothpick to add glue along the sides of the rhinestones each time for extra hold. Dry overnight.
Use wire cutters to trim away the excess metal. Check for any potentially loose pieces and add more glue.
Allow to dry for at least another day before wearing.
And be sure to back it with a stabilizer clutch to help keep the ear cuff from drooping!
I haven’t tried it out yet, I am hunting down grey/clear black crystals and sliver/gunmetal settings, but I most definitely want to make it before the holiday season. I think it would be a great piece to wear to parties.
Images and tutorial by HonestlyWTF
When I saw this tutorial yesterday I got really excited. While a tad bit seasonally inappropriate, these earrings appeal to one of my biggest childhood ambitions, to grow up and become a mermaid. Well, mermaid ballerina, but you know what I mean. While science has yet to catch up to my big dreams, wearing these earrings and a coat or two of “Mer-maid to Order” nail polish on my toes will definitely put a smile on my face.
Start by placing the shells on a paper bag or plate. Spray a nice even coat on one side and allow to dry completely before spraying the backside.
Use the pliers to open the loop of the eyepin. Slip the quartz component onto the eyepin and close the loop shut.
Measure about an inch of the way down and trim eyepin with a pair of wire cutters. Squeeze a dollop of E6000 glue onto a disposable plate or spoon.
Using the pliers to grasp the loop of the eyepin, immerse the pin into the glue until it’s well covered. Slip the pin into the backside crevice of the shell, making sure the loop is perpendicular to the cross section.
Use a toothpick to add additional glue if necessary. Allow the glue to dry for at least an hour and then attach the other side of the component to an earwire.
Repeat the same steps to complete the pair.
And you’re finished before you can say Sally sells seashells by the seashore!
(all images by HonestlyWTF)