Sunday, February 6, 2011

sequins!!!!! & a few other things

below -  what  i have accomplished in the last week or so, I love the sequin jewelery I have come up with, I must say though, that working with smaller sequins was a major pain.  The larger ones are way easier to work with. my poor fingers were cramped up for a few days after these.

My Dollar-Rama treasures - SEQUINS -

 below - these smaller earrings were fun to make, but it gets hard to work with these tiny sequins after an hour or two.

I used tin snipers to dissect these filigree earrings I found at the dollar-Rama,I had been searching for tiny filigree pieces for a loooooong time and just couldn't find what I was looking for = so I had to improvise. I actually had these Dollar-Rama earrings for 1 month before I thought of dissecting them,.

here is a quick video on how I made these

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ummm here is the link to the video

I gently snipped these with a pair of tin nippers,  and I used an old metal nail file to file the edges. If you are into doing something like this BE CAREFUL!!!!! Thankfully I did not cut myself, but the edges were sharp at times.

I had to whip up jump rings that would fit through the sequin hole, and still have room for the sequin to move around. Making jump rings is easy, please take time to fil the edge of your wire with a metal nail file, just in case you poke yourself. You can purchase jump rings already made but you would need alot for a project like this.

so here are my pieces laid out

I graduated the lengths of the sequin 'chain'
 each pair of these small filigree sequin earrings took approximately 20 minutes.


These beads are very pretty and the finish on them catches and reflects the light beautifully. I am getting much better at working with these crimp beads and black nylon string.  The package of 60 at Micheal's goes a long way, I think it is reg $4.99 (or with 40% - $3.00) off they are awesome to have. It is the easiest type of jewelry to make in my opinion, even if I struggle with getting the nylon cord intot he clasp properly hahahha!!!

Below - These are so awesome! I made them in hot pink as well. You can find silver sequins of this size at Micheal's crafts, I found these in a baggie of different coloured sequins at the Dollar-Rama. it took me 20 minutes to pick out all the silver ones - grrrrrrr.

below - the purple and black nylon string earrings I made with a set of beads I got at the Dollar-Rama, it looks like a small quantity of beads but I am certain to whip up alot of pieces with that amount. 

below - black earrings made for hair accessory I no longer wore and the long light blue earrings were made with the smaller Dollar-Rama sequins that came in a set of 4

Above & below, 2 hair things I was not wearing anymore and had had for a long time. on the left was one of those beaded bun cover things, and on the right was a very 'stabby' scrunchy. This thing drove me crazy when I wore it in my hair, plus it ripped a tonne of my hair out.  I would love to find sequins in this shape but in different colours, hot pink and silver for sure. i already made a pair of earrings with these { picture on board above }

I washed these well, they were sitting in my drawer for a long time. I like how the silver beads on the bun-thing below are  loosing their shine and look antique. and of course I had to show off my mani

.... and a few other items I found at the Dollar-Rama in the last few weeks,

These beads above came in baby blue, pink, clear, and purple ( above) I whipped up a quick pair of earrings with that black nylon string.

Above and below; these earrings are something I have been looking for  for a long time, I always hoped I could purchase these lightweight and thin flat rings somewhere for some designs I had in mind = these will be perfect for some re-fashioning.  They might be a bit too heavy for me as is, so I'll have to do a little tweaking

The necklace below- I swear to gosh I just saw earring at Claire's with the exact same design as the larger piece. It will be alot of fun to re-fashion this necklace, its very long and needs to be  alittle shorter for my liking.

Just a few things i picked up at the thrift store and at Fabric-land. I found some sequins that are shaped like stars for .25 cents as well as a small amount of clear glass beads for .25 cents as well ( it was 1/2 price day at the thrift store) I also picked up these Christmas ornament hangers. can you believe they charge 6 bucks for these regular? shameful. Not sure how to work these into some fun jewelery, but for 50 cents, why not!

I have a tonne of stuff to post, alot more project details to share, stuff I am working on and such = however; this will have to be a brief overview I am so busy with other things that I have to force myself on this blog to add stuff. I have to mention that this time of year is the best time to hit up mall jewelery stores for their year-end clear outs.

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