May 27, 2013

DIY Spoon Earrings: 2 of 3

Filed under: Accessories,DIY,Fashion,Jewelry,Style — by twistedchic @ 3:21 am
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Spoon Earrings 2: Electric Boogaloo!  No, but seriously, these are my favorite.  I loved the embellished middle part of the spoons, and couldn’t wait to try making earrings with these pieces.  They look lovely with some little rectangular chips of malachite I got right here in Chicagoland.


For this project you will need: earwires, eyepins, spacer chain, the middle section of your spoons, and two beads.  Plus the assorted tools, plyers, snippers, etc.

You’ve already drilled the holes for the spoon mid section, before you chopped up the spoon, so to finish this part, just round out the top and bottom edges, then sand and finish as in the above picture.

Thread your first bead through the eyepin, then make a large loop at the bottom, leaving some space to wrap the excess wire around.  Before you start to wrap, slide the spoon bit onto the large loop, then wrap the top so this piece is secured.


 Thread the next eyepin through the second bead, then put a loop at the bottom.  Attach your two beads with the spacer chain, and fix the entire length onto the earwire.




May 17, 2013

Beautiful Thing of the Week

Filed under: Accessories,Angst,Art,Fashion,Jewelry,Style — by twistedchic @ 2:22 am
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These earrings are just making me drool…

LAF Swan EarringsGorgeous and whimsical, two of my favorite things~

Check out the artist, she’s damn talented!

LF 4

This necklace isalmost  mesmerizing-ly beautiful~

LAF Jaunty EarsAaaand yet more earrings to lust after~




May 14, 2013

DIY Monday: Blue Agate Ombre Earrings

Filed under: Accessories,Art,DIY,Fashion,Jewelry,Style — by twistedchic @ 3:15 am
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DIY Monday is now brought to you by the letter D~

I found the loveliest string of blue agates rondelles at the beading store.  The strand had many different shades of the same robin’s egg blue, so I knew they would be perfect for a pair of ombre earrings.  First I unstrung them and sorted them into about 7 shade categories.  Then I got started with my earrings.  This is what you’ll need, in addition to the usual tools and such: 4 twist jump rings, 2 inches of silver wire 14 gauge or above, 2 earwires, and 14 beads sorted from light to dark.


Start by flattening your silver wire (it comes on a roll so it has a slight natural curve).  Take it to your anvil and flatten out about 3/4 of an inch.  Place a pair of pliers on either side of the flattened part and twist 180 degrees.  Twist again if you like, I took it around 2 more times.


Next, string your beads on the top part of the wire, dark to light.  Or vice-versa if that’s what you’re into, no judgement~  Place the top, unflattened part of your wire up against your anvil and flatten out about 1/2 an inch.  Your beads shouldn’t be able to move much up or down on the wire at this point.  Put a loop onto the tip of the wire, this part will stay un-flattened.

This is what your project should look like at this point:


Very carefully, twist the top flattened wire below the loop.  Don’t twist too far, this can break the wire(and it’s a real shame to put this much work into it and have it bust.  Which I did.  Twice.)  Hang your two twist jump rings at the top, and smooth out any rough spots on your wire.

Voila!  Lovely ombre earrings~


May 11, 2013

Spring Wishlist

Filed under: Accessories,Clothing,Fashion,Shoes,Style — by twistedchic @ 3:00 am
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I’m stuck at home, recovering from dentistry.  I really deserve a reward for sucking it up and going through all of that, so here’s my top 5 spring wishlist wants.  Hmmm, which should I get?

This embroidered tunic?

NMT6B76_mxThese gorgeous flats?



This sweet jacket?



An awesome scarf?


Or a cool kindle cover?



Decisions, decisions~

May 9, 2013

May Gift Guide

Filed under: Art,Gifts,Vintage — by twistedchic @ 7:15 pm
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Just in time for Mother’s Day! (and anytime, gifts are always good~)

How about giving textiles this year?  I found some lovely embroidered doilies at an antique market, which I framed and hung on my wall; but this would make a wonderful one-of-a-kind gift.  You could use embroidered handkerchiefs, scarves, doilies, all kinds of textiles.  Just buy a nice colored matt and pop them in a picture frame.


Know someone with wheat allergies?  The gluten-free iced lemon rounds cookies from Trader Joe’s are delicious and gluten free (hint, I gave them to my mom for Mother’s Day!)

Stamps!  Useful and pretty, the Post Office has some really lovely stamps which would make gifts you can use.  The only downside?  Your giftee will know exactly how much you spent.  I recommend giving them in a really pretty box or gift bag…  Or buy a sheet and frame~


And I know I’ve recommended this before, but hand-made gifts are the best!  Shop your local galleries and little boutiques for bowls, jewelry, scarves, stationary, anything made by an actual artist.  Who doesn’t like something unique?

May 7, 2013

May Inspiration: Hair

Filed under: Inspiration,Style — by twistedchic @ 8:45 pm
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My hair is finally long again: so I have to ~do~ something with it!  My solution?  Braids!  Here is some inspiration for May’s hair:

I’ve also been wanting to try this tutorial for fabric maiden braids; doesn’t it look fun?



The most important thing is?  Not getting my hair caught in the machinery at work~!

May 2, 2013

Beautiful Thing of the Week

Filed under: Accessories,Fashion,Jewelry,Style — by twistedchic @ 4:40 pm
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I’m just in love with this beautiful ring




It’s just gorgeous~  Turquoise, wood, titanium and silver; such an interesting and unique combo!

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