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Rhinestones

  • Mood DIY: Lilac Rhinestone and Chain Necklace

    I just love a good statement necklace....and with the ever growing trim department at Mood Fabrics (find metal chain and rhinestones here), there are no shortage of ideas of ones to create. This one is perfect for spring! Once you get started...you'll think of so many options and color combinations. Do you have a statement necklace you just love to wear with everything? Tell me where you got it below. Want to check out other necklaces I've created? Take a look here, here, and here. Lilac Rhinestone and Chain Necklace 1 Lilac Rhinestone and Chain Necklace 2SUPPLIES: embroidery floss in 2 colors, 1/4 inch satin ribbon, semi-circle upholstery needle, metal chain, rhinestones, wire cutters, and scissors. Lilac Rhinestone and Chain Necklace 3HOW-TO: 1. Measure out the desired length of the metal chain you want, and use the wire cutters to cut two pieces to size. Next, tie one color of the embroidery floss to the end of the chain. (Note: Err on the side of caution and make it an inch longer than you actually want, because you will lose a little length when it begins to bend into the circular formation). 2. Repeat Step #1 for the desired length of your chain, and cut the rhinestones to size. Then, cut an extra long piece of embroidery floss for weaving. Next, take the floss you secured to the chain, put the needle on it, and began intertwining the chain and rhinestone (i.e. loop the floss around one rhinestone, take it around the back, and up through one rung of the chain, repeat). 3. The beginning few loops are a little tricky as you try to pull it all taught as you go. But, after you've finished securing one of your chains to the rhinestones with one color floss, repeat this step with the second piece of chain, adjoining it with the other two with the second color of floss. (i.e. again, loop the floss around one rhinestone, take it around the back, and up through one rung of the chain, repeat...you'll see sort of a braided formation on the back). 4. Cut two pieces of ribbon long enough to make a bow. (Note: Feel free to use a little glue or fingernail polish on the ends so they won't fray). 5. Lastly, feed the ribbon through the chain and loop the loose ends through it. (Note: After it was all done, because it wasn't laying exactly how I wanted it on the neck, I flipped the necklace over and squeezed a tiny bit of glue in between random joints (where chain met rhinestones) just so it would always lay nicely -- it's just an option). Enjoy! Lilac Rhinestone and Chain Necklace 4

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
  • Mood DIY: Metal Chain Necklace

    So much chain....so little time; and that's why I was oh so excited to mix, match, and play with loads of it last week at Mood.  Gone are the days where you're only allowed to wear one metal at a time.  Throw caution to the wind and try this rocker chic favorite.   It's fun. It's functional....and it definitely stands out! Tell me how you'd pair it. Metal Chain Necklace 1A

    Metal Chain Necklace 2 Metal Chain Necklace 3 SUPPLIES: Assortment of metal chain, closure, safety pins, spikes, needle and thread, needle nose pliers, and wire cutters. Metal Chain Necklace 4

    HOW-TO:  1. Use wire cutters to make a break in the clasp; being careful not to do so at the bottom of the loop so as not to have chains slip off. Then pry the ring open with your pliers. 2. Chains are easy to attach to the master ring, but the crystalized chain requires as extra step.  So, use a matching thread to stitch together the ends of the crystalized chains. 3. Add a safety to ends of the chains you have with no rings. Remember, you'll cut all your chain the same length; taking into account those chains that have safety pins. 4. Take a single strand of the pink chain and add 7 equally spaced spikes.  (Note: Feel free to add a dab of glue inside the spike's end cap if you feel you need extra security). 5. Add all of your chains to one side of the closure ring.  (Note: Its easy to get the chains a little jumbled, so I laid them out to keep them all organized. 6. Collect the group of chains, add them to the second closure ring on the opposite side, and give the group a twist. Keep the pink chain with studs and the two strands of black chain, separate. 7. Keeping the single pink strand with studs and the black chain straight (no twist here), add them also to the closure ring on the opposite side and close the second ring. Metal Chain Necklace 5

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and former Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • Mood DIY: Great Gatsby Headband

    I saw the newest remake of the Great Gatsby this weekend, and while I think I'm more a fan of the one with Robert Redford (I specify which one, because I just realized, this film has been made over a bazillion times), I will say I was mesmerized the entire time with the fashion.  Take me back to the 1920's -- PRONTO!  The feathers, the dresses, the cloche hats -- I was truly in love...and the blinged out Tiffany headband worn by Carey Mulligan, was no exception. So you know me....in homage to hers, I grabbed a fabulous brooch and all my other supplies from Mood and made my own for a fraction of the cost. In full dress up mode I took to the streets --red lip and facial mole and all -- to make it look extra official :) Tell me what you think!

    Great Gatsby Headband 1 Great Gatsby Headband 2 Great Gatsby Headband 3 SUPPLIES: crystal brooch, e6000 glue, rhinestone ornament (one similar, here), needle and thread, ribbon, rhinestone chain (I originally thought I would use these white plastic strip of beads, but later opted for the rhinestone chain), scissors, and wire cutters. Great Gatsby Headband 4

    How-To: 1. Cut two pieces of ribbon at an angle on one end. My first one is 15 inches, and my second is 21.5 inches at the longest points. 2. Dab a tiny bit of glue on the end so it won't fray. 3. With your wire cutters, remove the back pin and adjoining metal to create a "flat" back to your brooch. 4. Using the e6000 glue, adhere both ornaments to each side of the brooch's back. 5. Let dry for a few hours (Note: I left it over night). 6. Slip your ribbon through the open end of your rhinestone ornament, and with only a half if left over, apply a dab a glue to it and hold it (Note: it all depends which side you want to wear the brooch on. For example, if you want it on the left side of your face, when it's laying down on your table and facing up...you'll want to put the shortest ribbon on the right). 7. I originally thought I'd try plastic beads, but later thought the rhinestone crystals pictured here would be much better -- I was right. Cut two strips, the length of about 14 stones. 8. Glue these two strips of rhinestone chain to the back of the brooch. 9. You can always gone with clean finish, but if you'd like a little added security, stitch the ribbon in place.

    Great Gatsby Headband 5

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • Halloween Contest Entry #36

    Hilaree C.'s Black/White Swan Costume

    Hilaree C.'s Black/White Swan Costume

    Hilaree C.'s Black/White Swan Costume

    Hilaree C.'s Black/White Swan Costume

    Hilaree C. used Black and White Jersey fabric, Black and White Fringe Feathers, Rhinestones and Silver Flat Naildheads Studs for her Black and White Swan.
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!