Do you DIY?

Now, I am not the most creative person in the world. Put a paintbrush in my hand and the best you’re probably going to get is a daisy, a love heart and a smiley face. This comes from my mum who is even less inclined than I. But craft is something I really enjoy doing, and Pinterest has become a Mecca of inspiration for storage, cooking and decorating ideas, but the reason I joined was for the DIY jewellery inspiration. I walk past places like Diva, and even browsing ASOS and think to myself, I could SO make that. And as of late, I have been attempting to. Even more exciting is seeing designer jewellery that I know I can make at a fraction of the cost, but in multiple colours!

Making your own jewellery is not a cheap venture to begin with. Tools, glues, string/chain and the initial outlay of the beads can be expensive, but one you have the main items you need, you can start expanding your collection of pretty things that you can use to make beautiful pieces. I do suggest however, planning what you want to make in advance, so many times I have walked into a beading store not knowing what I wanted to make, and walked out with everything I thought was pretty. I’ve faced the fact I have little self control *suggestively looks to my make up collection*

Next is the know how. Some of it ban be really easy. Like beading a simple bracelet, or gluing rose cabochons to a earring stud. But there are so many more techniques out there to learn, some easy, and some difficult enough that my boyfriend brings me chocolate before I throw a ton of hard to clean up/they will get lost in the carpet type beads across the room. But like anything, practice is the key. And there are tons of tutorials for pretty much anything you want to try. One of my favourites is a youtube channel called Beadaholique who is always posting new and fun tutorials, and has videos that help you with all the basics as well. And what’s better, is they have an online store to buy all the materials that they use in their videos (and they ship internationally!). Ebay is also a wonderful source of cheap beads and materials.

So without further ado, I present to you a couple of my test items.

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These two above are me testing colours, charms and ways of securing the elastic. Simple but fun to layer :)
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This one is a take on a Kate Spade wrapped cotton bangle. With this you’re only limited by the colour cotton you own, you can even add charms!
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This is probably a tied favourite with the Kate Spade, my Chan Luu style wrap bracelet. This style has so much potential with colours, styles and sizes!
I can spend hours looking for designs and beads and it is so much fun! As I learn more techniques, I can’t wait to show you what I make :)
Do you DIY anything?
Would you like to see instruction posts on any of these or even some more complicated designs as I perfect them?
Rachel xx