Here's a bit of an easy crafting session for the time-saving fashionista, and a time consuming one too! Well, almost! Bottom line: I had a great costume necklace that broke a while back. It's not exactly like my version of a "Carrie necklace," (of course, don't we all have one of those) however it was a unique piece that I bought with a friend. Fun memories and laughs come to mind when I think of it.
I pretty much glare at the broken piece most days, saying to myself, "ah ... I need to do something with that!" I even ponder about ways to use the clusters of other gems in my crafting box of goodness when I'm away. But, nothing happened until now!
Mission: Reuse old items to create something unique. The immediate solution was to create a ring or another necklace with this piece, because the charm that was attached somehow got lost ... so a ring it was! As for the necklace part, let's just say that I took a slight detour in that department by using more leather and faux scraps, adding silver chain, and then studs as a finishing touch. You know me, before I toss certain items out, I give it a 3 or maybe 4 time glance!
Broken or loose stone/trim
Glue gun or clear cement glue
Leather/ or PU Cut into 4 strips
Loose Studs (with prongs) (6)
Loose chain w/jump rings - approx. 14"
Cord ends (2)
Lobster claw or other closure
Glue gun or heavy duty/all purpose glue
*Wire Cutters/Pliers (both projects)
For the ring it was simplicity at its best. I cut off the excess attachments where the chain used to go through, and also cut off the extra charm that was attached to the chain. Afterward, I used my bought adjustable ring and placed a generous amount of metal glue in the center of the base top. Lightly push down. Let dry. Finished!
*Click image to enlarge*Braided Chain 'n' Stud Necklace:
I cut 4 leather strips approx. 3/8" - 1/2" wide and length desired (15-17") Using a flat surface for stability, place tape on the top of the strips (a paperweight also works as an extra aid so that your strips do not move. Basically do an easy four strand braid with your leather strips.
I folded and stitched my final pieces so that they would be chunky, but you may use them flat, depending on the look that you want. Sew together the end of each side of your braid and attach cord ends on each side by squeezing the fabric inside of them, close securely with pliers. Next, attach lobster claw. If your braid is large you will need to buy extra large cord ends.
Afterward, add your trimmings! I went for studs and wrapped chain around the braid, using the jump ring (at each end) as an easy way to pierce through the leather. You may add glue to secure chain ends in place. Mission accomplished!
Enjoy your week lovelies.