DIY Jewelry Update- Hint: All you need is spray paint!

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Every fashion expert will tell you that if you can’t afford a new wardrobe, new accessories are an “inexpensive alternative.” But let’s be real; sometimes we can’t afford new jewelry either.

Upgrading old or used jewelry is one of my favorite past times! Whether you just change up the color of a piece or “Frankenstein” several together, the result is an inexpensive way to freshen up your wardrobe.

Changing colors of pieces is by far, the easiest thing to do- all you need is spray paint! I recommend Rustoleum paints: their metallics are amazing, their clear coat is amazing, plus they have a lot of heat resistant colors because they’re used a lot on hot rods. I actually discovered the brand from my dad when he was restoring his vintage Model A.

But anyhoo, I digress. Here is how I achieved the above: 

Supplies: Round jewelry pliers, metallic silver spray paint, crystal

STEP ONE: Used pliers to take apart the necklace.

Pro Tip: You can use tweezers or regular needle nose pliers if you don’t own jewelry pliers… but at less than $7 I strongly suggest investing in a pair. They come in handy for lots of different crafts!

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STEP TWO: Spray painted the colored part of the necklace.

Pro Tip:  For a shinier finish, use metallic spray paint alone. To achieve the “gunmetal” silver pictured, just follow with a coat of clear acrylic.

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STEP THREE: Used the pliers to put the necklace back together and then rocked my piece out on the town!

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Go forth and craft! XOXO

 

Makin’ a Mask for Labyrinth Masquerade XII!

 

FinishedMask_CmprsMy friend Jimmy (who happens to write/illustrate a great web comic that you should totes check out) is going to the Labyrinth Masquerade tonight! I’m super jealous because I can’t go, but I’m living vicariously by playing Fairy Godmother and sending him of with a custom made masquerade mask. He was just looking for something simple, but since Jimmy is a super fan of The Joker (from Batman) I was inspired to go for a Joker mask with a definite jester vibe.

Here is my journey to the finished product. Enjoy!

I knew I wanted to build out a custom shape for my Joker and I thought a store-bought mask, craft foam and scrap pieces of Worbla would do the trick. Once I played around with my materials a bit, I came up with a concept design and started building my piece

Next it was time to cover the whole thing with a papier-mâché . In the process I decided I wanted a slightly different texture for the hair and tried a new technique. Some tissues did the trick, but since they are so absorbent it took almost twice as long to dry as regular newspaper. Very happy with the results though!

After the papier-mâché  dried completely it was time to get down to painting. First I primed it with white primer from my total spray paint crush- Rustoleum. Then I used acrylic craft paint to do the rest and silver liquid leaf for some shinier accents.

I sealed all my detail work with Rustoleum Crystal Clear Acrylic (My absolute favorite glossy sealer of ALL TIME). Once a few coats had dried I added some 3d accents for texture. Since I was going for a masculine look, the only rhinestones I used were black. For other accents I opted for iron-on metal studs…only I just used hot glue to attach them.

Some inexpensive chattering teeth on wire gave me that extra Joker pizzazz to really put my mask over the top.

The very last thing to do was attach the head strap. I attached black elastic to either side with epoxy glue and used hot glue to create a loop at the end of each piece of elastic. Using the loops I was able to thread through a piece of ribbon for an adjustable fit. I also found the mask rubbed uncomfortable against my nose but it was an easy fix. Just a regular makeup sponge attached with hot glue.

Added a few matching embellishments to a Joker smile-on-a-stick that  I made before and voilà!

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Freedom from Fraying!

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Happy Fourth everyone! Quick tip of the day: easy secret to keeping your ribbon from fraying!

1. Draw a line of hot glue across the ribbon where (and at the angle) that you want to cut.

2. Do not touch the glue- just let it dry so that its nice and clear.

3. Cut through the line of glue.

That’s it. You’re done. Easy right?

No Water Under the Bridge: Frozen Fan Fiction Chapter 2

“I tried. I don’t know how!” Elsa answered Reidar. Again. She had been over this with her Queen’s Council a hundred times. Elsa had tried to come up with a theory- they all had tried.

“Have you tried conjuring ice?” asked Grete, “Then we could melt it and end the drou- “

“Of course !” Elsa snapped back at her. “That was the first thing I tried! There is no moisture in the air to freeze… Or if there is, it’s like it’s being evaporated immediately. I don’t even know which it is!” Elsa explained, exasperated. “Or how to begin to fix it either,” she thought.

The council members all started talking at once again. She could barely hear herself think.

“That’s enough,” Elsa whispered.

The discord continued, mumbled utterances crescendoing to a dull roar.

“ENOUGH!”

The temperature dropped in the Council Room. Her cabinet fell silent and looked at her expectantly.

“Okay.” She took a deep breathe. The room evened out ot a comfortable temperature.

“I don’t know what’s happening and I don’t know why my powers are not fully working.” She raised her hands to halt the inevitable panicked outbursts. “If anyone can teach Arendelle to survive this drought and extraordinary heat it is Queen Amenset. That is why it is of utmost importa-“

“Elsa! I have amazing news! News that can possibly put Queen Amenset’s ambassador in a forgiving mood!” Anna burst through the doors rattling off her whole speech in one breath.

She stopped for air and felt a room full of eyes on her. “Oh sorry. I wasn’t really thinking. I mean I thought Elsa should know. But she probably should know in private. Um well, this is awkward. I’ve made it awkward…” Anna trailed off, suddenly aware of how personal her message for Elsa was.

“No. Anna you have every right to be included here. I was only trying to spare you from this morning’s preliminary discussions, or freak outs, as you would say.” Elsa smiled to herself. Yes, freaked out perfectly described the Queen’s Council this morning.

Elsa looked at her sister, for such a flustered entrance she really did look quite beautiful this morning. Radiant. And that reminded Elsa of the sun…and this damned heat!

“Elsa, I have an idea.” Ana stated in her best no-nonsense tone as she noticed her sister survey her person, wondering if Elsa somehow magically knew her condition.

“Let’s hear it! I assume you are aware of the new development in our situation?”

Anna nodded, “Yes. I ran into Olaf on the way here…literally.”

“Then you know the Vårenisen have been destroyed?”

Anna felt the eyes of the Queen’s Council flitting between the two of them in silence. Like they were watching the most riveting tennis match.

“Um yes, but Elsa I’m sure it wasn’t his fault. He’s really sorry and everything, but maybe we could have a private council?” Anna began to stammer; she was getting nervous, “because well, I’m- sheesh, uh let’s go over to the smaller council chambers or ooh, I know! Dismiss these guys for a break…”

“I will not be dismissed!” Reidar hissed. For the Minister of Foreign Affairs, he could be incredibly pompous. “Making a good impression with Queen Amenset’s ambassador is my responsibility and I will not have my chances at success ruined, and my reputation tarnished, by your careless snow pet!” He pounded his fist to the table for good measure.

“My Queen, we have the answer to this situation staring us in the face! It is simple,” Reidar finished with a flourish.

“Simple!?” Elsa replied astonished. “Please, do tell us this simple solution we have all overlooked,” she spat out with contempt.

“I, Minister Reidar, charge your play thing with crimes against the realm. I submit that he must pay for his crimes by providing the much needed water for a new crop of Vårenisen.” Reidar paused for effect.

“Melt him.”

Win a Custom Hat!

I would love to design and make a special custom hat themed to whatever your little nerd heart desires! :)

Go to facebook/jojossocreative, do me a solid and Like the page, holla at me in a comment/post.

That’s it. That’s all you gotta do. :)

Sadly I can’t afford international shipping so continental US only (unless you’re willing to cover shipping).

In the immortal words of Ru Paul: Good luck, and don’t fuck it up.

XOXO

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