DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

I’ve had this tutorial in my phone for a few months but it must’ve slipped my eyes to post this up! Here I wanted to make drop earrings using one of my current favourite items: rhinestones!

Do read below for the DIY tutorial:

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

What you need:

  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat noise pliers
  • Pliers that can cut wire / scissors
  • 8 oval rhinestones
  • 4 headpins
  • 4 small round beads
  • 2 jumprings
  • 2 earring hooks

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #1:

Thread one headpin through one end of the rhinestone.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #2:

Thread a second headpin through the other hole on the rhinestone backing.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #3:

Thread the remaining 3 other rhinestones through the 2 headpins.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #4:

Use the flat nosed pliers and make a 90 degree twist inwards.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #5:

Use your round nosed pliers to make a loop at the ends. If the headpin is too long, snip the extra bits off!

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #6:

The rhinestones should like the above now.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #7:

Attach a jumpring through the loops you’ve made. Here I’ve added beads to fill up the spaces in between as well!

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #8:

Slip the earring hook through the jumpring before closing the jumpring.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Voila! Try making gemstone drop earrings in other various colourways! Enjoy! x

DIY Pearl & Stud Necklace

So I actually made this necklace last November for an event in Bangkok, but never got round to making a tutorial from it. Pearl necklaces have been around for ages now, and made bigger (literally) by Chanel’s Spring 2014 collection. However, to rock or glam up these safe pearl necklaces, studs and even safety pins (like Tom Binns) have been added to give the pearls an edgier look.

I decided to create my easy DIY tutorial , which took only 10 minutes to make! Read on:

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

What you need:

  • 34 pearls
  • 18 spiked cone beads
  • Clear beading string (non-stretchable)
  • 1 lobster clasp
  • 2 end clasps
  • 2 jumprings
  • 2 small crimp beads
  • flat-nosed pliers
  • scissors

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #1:

Don’t cut the string yet! Just start threading the beads. I started with 1 spiked cone stud followed by 2 pearls. Repeat until you have threaded it all.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #2:

Once all the beads have been threaded through the beading string, cut the string. Leave a little bit of string at both ends in case of slight mistakes.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #3:

Slide a small crimp bead onto one end of the string. I didn’t have any smaller crimp beads so made do with the one shown.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #4:

Use the pliers to crimp the crimp bead! This is to ensure to stop the end of the string. Do the same for the other end.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #5:

Take the end clasp and put it next to the crimped end. Use the pliers to fold the end clasp inwards on top of the string! Cut the leftover string.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #6:

Attach a jumpring to the end clasp.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #7:

On the other end of the string, do the same by attaching a jumpring as well. Then attach the lobster clasp to it. You’re done!

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Voila! Rock out in your pearl & stud necklace! x

An Update!

Hello!! I know my last update was a while ago (last February) but I’ve been so busy/lazy to get onto WordPress to blog! I just recently got my first iPhone, after years of Nokias and a Blackberry and I must say I am liking it very much!

So I’ve started my pupillage in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia since January, and so far so good 🙂 I’m getting used to working life but once I get home I really don’t have any motivation or energy to blog or even DIY! My weekends are mostly filled up and that pretty much leaves me with no time at all…

I’ve got so many DIY ideas lined up but executing them is going to take me more discipline! Though just a few days ago I managed to revamp a broken glass bracelet into a chunky one:

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I’ll post a tutorial on it soon, super easy!

Kuala Lumpur’s great, I do miss home in Borneo loads but can you believe that pupils don’t get annual leave for 9 months?? Every day we miss will have to be replaced, therefore delaying our Call to the Malaysian Bar 😦

It’s a quick update, but hey, follow me on Instagram: vorlotwen 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone! xx

DIY: Michael Kors Leather Nugget Pendant Necklace

Michael Kors Leather Nugget Pendant necklace

I first saw this Michael Kors necklace in a magazine, thought it was quite cute until I saw the price: RM899.00 or $195.00! Eek! How ridiculous is that?! Sure, there’s a nugget but it’s not even a pure gold nugget. It’s just a golden brass nugget which really, is just a substitute for the real thing. Sure if I had all the money in the world I just might get it. However, I don’t…and I won’t.

So here’s my less than $5 DIY for the same look:

DIY: Michael Kors Nugget Necklace

As I didn’t know it was leather, I used faux suede. If you do use leather, use a flat strip with a very small width. Also, leather has a better grip in holding things together than faux suede so use that instead!

DIY: Michael Kors Nugget Necklace

Here’s what you need:

  • Flat leather strip / faux suede
  • Stones that have sharp ends
  • Gold paint / gold spray paint
  • 2 gold crimping beads
  • 1 flat nose plier
  • Paper to avoid staining any surface you work on

DIY: Michael Kors Nugget Necklace

As I didn’t have gold spray paint on hand, I used gold paint which I used during my high school days many years ago! I was very surprised it was still working well! Make sure you are working on a piece of paper to avoid staining any surfaces you may be working on 😀

DIY: Michael Kors Nugget Necklace

Here I painted 3 different shapes of stones, I used the middle stone. I found these stones in my backyard back in Borneo. Make sure you know the difference between concrete and stone. Concrete stones actually break very easily! Paint one side of the stone and let it dry before painting the other side of the stone.

DIY: Michael Kors Nugget Necklace

Once the painted stone is dry, make a loop around the stone and tie it!

DIY: Michael Kors Nugget Necklace

Take one crimp bead and attach to one end. Take your pliers and crimp it! Do the same for the other end of the string.

DIY: Michael Kors Nugget Necklace

Voila! You now have a Michael Kors-inspired leather nugget pendant necklace!

DIY: Michael Kors Nugget Necklace

Michael Kors-inspired DIY necklace; ‘ XO’ necklace gifted by Designs by FaraM; Bodycon dress: Primark

Have fun with this easy DIY – even a child could attempt this! Now if you’ll excuse me….I’m going to rock my DIY 😀

Borneo Wear: Neon Aztec Print & DIY jewellery

So it’s been more than a month that I’ve been home in Borneo and even though I am still chilling, I have to say that time has definitely passed by very quickly! I have been doing a few personal projects at home and just soaking up the heat. Literally.

There is no surprise that I like aztec print, which has been going on for a while now. Paired with some neons, who could resist?

Tee: Motel Rocks; Shorts: Bershka; Bag: 11″ Silver Metallic satchel from The Cambridge Satchel Company

As it’s so hot here on the equator, sometimes wearing too tight-fitting a top makes me cranky. I am a fan of loose, light and airy pieces especially when my skin is adapting to the heat (which it is now thankfully!). Lately I have been using more of my 11″ inch satchel too as it is such a great size for a handbag. It even looks great as a clutch!

Left to Right: DIY leather wrap bracelet, DIY spiked friendship bracelet here, DIY earrings

There is some satisfaction to be able to wear things that you’ve made. Be it jewellery or clothing, it just feels goood. As I’ve been revamping a few things lately under my “Project Revamp”, the spiked earrings is one of them! I made a different style in gold and when a friend saw it, decided that she had to have it! Here’s how she instagramed it:

I’m glad for the support of friends 😀 Being creative is a great outlet for me and even though it is more of a hobby for me I am truly humbled by the encouragement and love 😉

Have a great mid-week everyone xx