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  • 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.

  • DIY Spiked Friendship Bracelet

     

    After spotting this DIY inspiration on OutsaPop, I decided to DIY it myself!

     

    Supplies: Scissors, 3 colors of embroidery thread (mine are from Mood Fabrics only available in store), 5-6 Spikes, awl, tape.

     

    Cut 7 feet of your main color. Cut 2 6ft pieces of another color. Cut 4 6ft pieces of your last color. Holding all the threads together, fold them in half and tie a loop, like above. You should have 14 pieces of thread now. Tape the loop to the table you will be working on. The pattern I used is from friendship-bracelets.net. They have tons of pretty rad patterns.

    image via friendship-bracelets.net

    image via friendship-bracelets.net

    Things I came across when working on this pattern that will make it easier for you:
    1. First tip, it seems hard at first, but I SWEAR by the 4th row, it will be very easy.
    2. You must MUST must tie the thread twice as depicted in the second picture.
    3. Your main color (I used purple, the instructions used red) ALWAYS ties over another thread.  You will never come across a loop where you are tying another color over the main color.
    4. In row 1, 3, 5, 7, etc, you are using all of the threads to make loops.
    5. In row 2, 4, 6, 8, etc, you are using all of the threads to make loops EXCEPT the first and last thread.
    6. In row 1, 3, 5, 7, etc, the middle loop you will be making will use two threads that are the same color.
    I DO promise that it gets easy as you continue doing it.  This is the third friendship I've made in my entire life, so trust me.  If you remember the tips I mentioned above, it will be pretty simple.

     

    Tie two very tight knots at the end of the bracelet.

     

    Using an awl (or a pen or pencil), push a whole in the center of each/every other diamond to spread the thread wide enough to push the screw of the spike through.

     

     

    Cut the remaining thread off the bracelet, leaving less than inch after the final knot.

     

    Loosen the last screw. Push the loop at the top of your bracelet over and under the spike and then tighten the spike. This will keep the bracelet in place.

     

    This is by far one of my favorite DIYs (1) because you can totally make it your own, (2) because I thought it was nearly impossible to do when I first started the pattern, but it got so easy towards the end, and (3) because I've seen these sold in Soho for $50 each...craziness...mine cost $3.00.
    Candy Fraser is the fashion blogger of taylor & DEMOLISH. It is a fashion style and DIY blog that breaks the lines behind tailored fashion and destroyed fashion. For more information on taylor & Demolish, follow Candy on Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Bloglovin!!  You may also contact her at tayloranddemolish@gmail.com "DIY Spiked Friendship Bracelet' was originally posted on taylor & DEMOLISH here: http://www.tayloranddemolish.com/2011/09/diy-spiked-friendship-bracelet.html
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  • Spikes

    Mood's gone punk rock! Check out our new selection of heavy duty screw in spikes!

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