September 20, 2011

Chain, chain, chain... DIY Dannijo Cuff



Every so often, I like to pull out all the jewelry I don't wear, but still hang on to. It's usually divided into two categories: the keep collection (vintage and antique jewelry from grandmothers and great-grandmothers) and the junk pile. As a certified hoarder (just not TLC reality show status hoarder), I can't toss the junk pile jewels, but love to reinterpret what I've got. Here's a perfect example.

The inspiration: Dannijo's mishmashed cuffs, like the Glenn, below.

www.dannijo.com

Recreating this melange of metal chain was a piece of cake with all the broken jewelry in the junk pile. 




Tools and Materials:
A base cuff (from my jewelry box)
Pliers, including one that can cut through chain
Super glue, like E-6000
Toothpicks
Paper plate, or any disposable surface for the glue
Broken jewelry, old chains, scraps of chain from leftover projects.
Paste jewelry (I wanted to have a base layer with some sparkle, like the Sabelle bracelet, which allowed me to use up my mate-less costume jewelry earrings)



First, I used my pliers to break or snip off the backs from the earrings.


Squeeze a little glue onto the plate. It's smelly, so be sure if you use it to be in a well-ventilated area. Get only a little bit of glue out before adding each piece-- if it sits out for even a few minutes it will get gummy and difficult to work with.


I used the toothpick to put glue on the bracelet, and began attaching the costume jewelry first. 


Next, came the chain. I cut sections of chain as I went, and experimented with different placements before I glued.


After my short pieces of chain were attached, I took a long chain, glued one end near the cuff's end, and began wrapping the chain around the cuff. I glued the chain down near the top and bottom edges of the cuff.



Now, the hardest part. DO NOT TOUCH. Once I began fidgeting with it after everything was glued down, things began to come undone. The glue has to dry overnight to stay secure.




14 comments:

  1. This is so awesome!! I love it!!! (Going to share on my Facebook page.)

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  2. This is too cute. I'm so glad to have discovered your blog!
    xx
    Maya

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  3. Anonymous8:59 AM

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG! and i'm so glad i'm one of the lucky few who reaps the benefits!

    love,
    allison

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  4. wow this is amazing, nicer and more unique than the expensive original!
    thank you for sharing!
    faye xo

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  5. Great job!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://www.fashionthrill.com/

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  6. This is so AMAZING! I love it! It looks so good - and not like you made it at all. It seems like a good idea if you have loads of jewellery lying around. Where can you get base cuffs from?

    Safira
    http://missstylicious.blogspot.com/

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  7. @Safira-- I'd browse flea markets and craft stores. When all else fails, try Etsy!!

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  8. Amazing tutorial!

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  9. this is a fantastic tutorial! I will definitely be making this, I'll let you know when I do! I'm following you now=]

    http://indigoimpression.blogspot.com

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  10. Love this Idea.. Beautiful!!!
    Anne

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  11. Jenna4:44 PM

    I think yours is better than the original.

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  12. I haven't seen these one and I adore it!!! love Dannijo so much so this bracelet is gonna be a must do for me!

    xoxo Julieta

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