As you may know, Laura and I have the teeeeeniest of obsessions with tassels. And pom poms. We put them onto most things we make, knowing that our kids will in all likelihood look back at us and laugh at our dodgy lampshade attire. But still, we aint finished with them yet. And so – all hail MINI tassels! On a necklace! In ten minutes!
Saturday was London’s Pride parade, so in honour of all things rainbow wonderful, we thought we would make this little polymer clay necklace. Its made from stacked polymer clay and, like everything I ever do, it’s really easy!
You will need:
- Pink, blue, yellow polymer clay (e.g. fimo)
- metal fork/spoon
- tin foil
- cocktail stick
- 80cm pink, yellow and blue embroidery thread
1. Begin by rolling each piec of clay out between two sheets of clingfilm (this will prevent the clay from sticking to our rolling pin/worksurface, keep it nice and clean, allow you to move it about and see the thickness more easily. Boom). Cut small strips of fimo – a piece of pink measuring 40x 5mm, yellow measuring 35 x 5mm, blue measuring 30 x 5mm. Use a cocktail stick to make a large hole in the centre of each.
I love a bit of air dry clay, as you might have noticed if you’re a regular visitor (if so, sorry to be doing yet another clay project. I’m just obsessed with the stuff!) and if you don’t have access to a kiln air dry clay is almost as good as the real thing. It’s obviously not as tough or water proof, but with a good lick of varnish it can pass for a real piece of clay. So I thought I’d make some simple geometric pieces, and I love how they turned out. What I did NOT love were the pictures of me that me and Laura took to show the jewellery. I realised looking at the pics that I’m suddenly old and wrinkly with a saggy chin. No amount of photoshopping can fix that!
If you haven’t noticed by now, air dry clay is one of my favourite things to work with. I love being able to make ceramic items without a kiln – and I know the finish isn’t quite as durable or watertight as the real thing, but it’s pretty damn good all the same. So I made myself an air dry clay necklace last week. Actually, I’m lying. I made it for someone else. But I liked it, so… mine. I know, that’s not very nice but still. Mine.
Hi! This is Jess from Let’s Do Something Crafty, I’ve known Laura and Tia a little while now and they are so lovely plus I adore their blog so I’m very happy to be guest posting for them.
This is a fun little crochet tutorial and in it I will show you how to make some crocheted cherries. I will be turning into necklaces but you could actually do anything with them, you could sew them onto clothing or make bunting with them, the possibilities are endless!
I seem to have fallen into a slightly chaotic time at the moment, with moving house, the blog and lots of other projects we’re getting involved with. Everything feels like a big ball of tangled up wool and both me and Laura have been feeling a bit stressed! I haven’t really had a lot of time for craft, and definitely not enough time for long and complicated things. I’m all about things that take under half an hour!
If you have any scraps of leather lying around this is a really simple and quick DIY to make a lovely set of feather keyrings. Just find yourself a simple feather silhouette image online and widen the stem so that it’s big enough for your eyelet.
You will need:
- scraps of gold & brown leather (about 15cm x 5cm)
- 1cm gold eyelets
- leather punch, or regular hole punch
- masking tape
1. Begin by drawing out a couple of feathers on paper. You can use the template I made for mine. Make sure that the stem of the feather (stem? stick? you know what I mean!) is wider than your eyelet. Cut the template out roughly, then cut the leather so that it is just a little bigger than the feather.
Be of where you live to your jewellery with these super easy shrink plastic charms. Hop over to www.brightonmums.com to see how we made them.
Tia & Laura x