DIY | OVERSIZED CLASP CHOKER

I fell in love with this style of choker while on Jenn Im’s channel and could not for the life of me find out where she got her’s from; so like always, if you can’t buy it, make it!

I already had all the materials at home for the tutorial but I’ll be sure to provide some links for you guys in case you want to make this yourself. I love how it’s a necklace that highlights the fastener, its often not a part of the necklace that is celebrated but hidden. I always had the issue of the clasp falling to the front of all my necklaces anyways from body movements throughout a day, and would constantly be readjusting. This choker style is perfect to combat those annoyances as the clasp is already in the front! I think it also speaks to a more edgy look for the people who want to try a different choker look to the classic black velvet.

I made both my version, which is a wrap around style choker, and also the same shorter length over-sized clasp choker as seen on Jenn Im.

Time this will take you: like…………all of 2 minutes to make, heck it took way longer for me to write this blog post than to make the two necklaces.

What you’ll need:

  • Thin chain (here)
  • 13mm oversized clasp (here)
  • 3mm jump rings (x2)
  • 6mm jump ring (x1)
  • pliers & cutter

Steps:

  1. Cut the chain to desired length, I recommend 11.5″ for the short one and 25″ for the long one. But for your ideal length just take the chain and wrap it around your neck.
  2. Take the 3mm jump-rings and attach the clasp on one end and the 6mm jump-ring to the other end.
And it’s really that easy! Also a nice gift for any friends or family coming up this holiday season. You can make it extra luxe by using sterling silver of 14k filled hardware.
Happy DIY-ing!

 

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DIY | Tie me up in chains

Wearing: Garage boyfriend shirt, Club Monaco V-neck tee, Shark tooth necklace (here), Layla headphones in rose gold (here)ย 

Whew! First semester of my final year is officially over! More time for portfolio and fun things like this highly neglected blog for one. Super sorry for the lack of DIY posts guys, it’s just been super hectic! I’ll try to shoot as many as possible over the Christmas break to have things lined up in the new year.

I’ve been searching high and low for my body chain supplies and finally found all of it this morning so what better way to celebrate my first day off in ages than to make a little something special for myself? (I did a post on body chains wayyyyyyy back when here) Delicately chic, it can be worn over or under clothing. I wish I had this over the summer but am looking forward to wearing this for the winter months over sweaters and layered pieces. This body chain DIY took me all of ten minutes to make, most of the time just measuring the desired length of the chain.

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DIY Two Tone Bracelet

Arm Candy: ATOD Bracelets, vintage, MM x H&M watch, DIY Two Tone Bracelet, Aldo Spike Bracelet, DIY leather bracelet

 

Welcome to the second installment of DIY Summer Arm Swag, you can view the first DIY here. This one’s a bit more complicated and will take a bit longer than the last one but the result is beautiful. Warning: this is a long post, click to see the rest of the tutorial below –>
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DIY Necklace Alteration

Costume jewelry is a cheap and chic way to update the wardrobe for new seasons. I often find jewelry I like in stores but there’s always something off. Sometimes the necklace is too short, too long, not the right size…hence nifty jewelry alteration skills come in handy. Here’s an easy way to shorten a chain base necklace. This one in particular I shortened, but if you wanted to lengthen a necklace, instead of cutting you would be adding a similar chain or replacing it all together.

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DIY | RHINESTONE CAT EARS

Wearing:: Joe Fresh Sweater

I’m super excited to wear these out for Halloween, but I’d probably where them to school on a normal day, because I’m just that cool. I saw them on the cover Nylon Magazine and knew I wanted my own pair, finally tracking them down on the ASOS website, only to find out they were sold out; it was time to put my DIY skills to use (as mentioned here)! They’re super easy to make and sure to look adorable with any outfit you pair it with. You can still get the pearl version of this on the ASOS website, but personally, I’m more of a rhinestone and sparkles person. I’m kinda of like a magpie….anyways, continue reading for instructions!

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Materials:

  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Plain silver headband
  • 24 gauge beading wire
  • 12 gauge aluminum wire
  • Rhinestones
  • Permanent marker (not shown)
  • Glue gun (not shown)

I was able to find all my supplies, minus the headband from my local craft store (aka Michaels). I found the headband in my accessories pile, but if you’re not able to find them at a craftstore or Dollarama, you can try Etsy.

Steps:

  1. Cut two pieces of 12 gauge wire for the ears
  2. Bend these pieces to your desired cat ear shape
  3. Mark where you want them to go on the headband
  4. Bend the ends into loops and cut the excess off
  5. Take the 24 gauge wire and wrap it around the ear frame pieces to secure it to the headband, use pliers to help you.
  6. Disassemble your rhinestone chain (if you have singular rhinestones, skip this step)
  7. Layout where you want the rhinestones
  8. Take your glue gun and glue the rhinestones on. It’s not an ideal solution, but hey, if you’re handy with a soldering iron, go ahead and do that, it’ll be more secure.
  9. Wear them out, you’re DONE!

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