As promised, the first of my sparkly tutorials for the month! Let me preface this: I am ridiculously excited about this DIY. So excited, that on the day the supplies came in the mail, I was walking home in a hangry (hungry+angry) mood, found this rhinestone closure finally waiting in my mailbox, and was instantly happy-fied.
I've long lusted after Lulu Frost's jewelry. I absolutely love the way Lisa Salzer uses vintage materials for inspiration and in one-of-a-kind pieces, like her Deco earrings. I tried the Beach Break earrings when I borrowed a pair through Rent the Runway for the inaugural ball, but was so sad to send them back. I had to make my own.
Tools and materials:
Rhinestone buckle/closure or dress clips (my exact purchase is here, but there are so many vintage options on Etsy or Ebay that you can make a truly unique pair. Just remember these tips from my post on online supply shopping!)
Gold chain (about 6 inches)
2 French ear wires
2 jump rings
4 eye pins
Jewelry glue and toothpick
Jewelry pliers and wire clippers
Since I was using a rhinestone closure, my first step was to break off any unnecessary parts from the back of the buckle.
Next, cut 4 1.5-inch pieces of your chain. Attach two pieces to one of the ear wires with a jump ring, and open up the eye pin loops to hook onto the other ends of the chain.
Trim down your eye pins, then glue onto the back of the buckle or clips. Be sure to do so that your ear wires face the right direction. If your closure or clips allows for it, you could also attach the rhinestone piece to the chain with jump rings hooked through the clips and skip gluing eye pins altogether.
Allow everything to dry overnight. This is especially important as the glue needs to be strong enough to secure the heavier buckle or clip.