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When I first saw this pyramid stud bracelet on Annabelle from Viva Luxury, I was in love. But I was not in love with the fact that it was sold out. Being the DIY’er that I am, I was able to source the gold pyramid studs from Ebay and then find the stretch cord at Michael’s and voila! Pyramid stud bracelet with supplies to make another one to keep or give away as a gift. Keep reading for the deets below and make your own!

Pyramind Spike Stud Bracelet DIY

{What You Will Need}
Gold pyramid studs, Ebay
.8mm Stretch cord, Michael’s
Paper clip or black binder clip
G-S Hypo cement, Ebay (optional)

{Directions}

  1. Take your wrist measurement. If you don’t know the circumference of your wrist, take a string, wrap it around until the ends meet and you have a comfortable fit, and measure this length.
  2. Add 3″ to this and cut a piece of stretch cord this length.
  3. Pre-stretch the cord 2-3 times to ensure your bracelet won’t become too big and saggy over time as the cord stretches naturally.
  4. Attach a clip to the end of the cord. This will prevent the studs from slipping off the end.
  5. String your studs. Keep stringing until you have a length of studs that matches your wrist circumference + 1″. For example, my wrist is 6″, so I strung a 7″ length of studs. The extra inch makes the fit comfortable but not too loose and allows for the extra length that’s taken up by the thickness of the stud. (Just trust me here. Add the extra inch!)
  6. Tie off your bracelet with an overhand knot. Don’t tug the ends closed super tight as this will put too much tension on the cord and not allow you to slip it over your hand. To tie an overhand knot, see the video below.
  7. *Optional* Dot knot top and bottom why G-S Hypo cement to seal. DON’T use super glue or something of that nature as this will eat away at the stretch cord over time!
  8. Fin! Enjoy your new pyramid stud bracelet!

<3
Andrea

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DIY Personalized Dog Tag How ToDIY Personalized Dog Tag How To

**Due to popular demand, I now sell these in my Etsy shop, for those that are more “do it for me.” :)   ***

Oh, don’t be fooled. By “dog tags,” I mean REAL dog tags… that my doggies are now wearing. One of the perks of running my own Etsy shop is having the tools on-hand to do projects like this. BUT, if you’re a crafty person, the tools required to stamp something are pretty handy (and fun!) to have. Plus, personalized dog tags like this can cost more than just buying the tools and doing it yourself. So, I say just do it yourself and then you have the tools AND the tags for the same price. Just sayin…

{Tools Used}

  • Metal stamping block (Michael’s)
  • Rubber stamping block (Michael’s)
  • 3mm letter stamps, or whatever size you’d like (Michael’s/Etsy/Ebay)
  • Doming block, if you’d like to dome your discs (Michael’s)
  • Design stamps (Michael’s/Ebay)
  • 1″ & 3/4″ Raw brass discs (Monster’s Layer or Ebay)
  • Disc hole punch (Michael’s)
  • Ball pein hammer, if you want a hammered texture . If not, a regular hammer is fine. (Harbor Freight or any hardware store)
  • Sharpie
  • Fine steel wool (Harbor Freight or any hardware store)

1. Use the sharpie to map out your letters. Since I went along the curve of the disc, centering really wasn’t a concern of mine since I could just punch the final hole over whatever wound up being the center. But if you want to stamp in a line, use a Sharpie to mark your dots.

2. Place the steel block on top of the rubber block. The steel block will ensure that the full force of the hammer transfers to the disc. The rubber block absorbs force so that your table or bench doesn’t knock around.

3. Take note of the orientation of your letter, place is down on the stamp, and give it a whack with your hammer. Use the flat side of your ball pein hammer for this.

3. After all letters a stamped, rub sharpie across the letters and then remove excess with the steel wool. This is to check the impression. If you need to make another pass, carefully place the stamp in the already created grooves and give the disc another whack.

4. If you want to give your discs some hammered texture, do so now with the rounded end of your ball pein hammer. Use the steel and rubber block again.

5. At this point, you will want to punch your holes. Mark the hole with a Sharpie and punch. If you find the disc hole puncher is leaving a ring behind, place a rag between the disc and the tool only at this point to prevent this. However, don’t put anything between the actual pin that pierces the disc and the disc itself.

6. Once holes are punched, use the doming tool to lightly dome your discs, if so desired. Start with the biggest dome first and work your way to the desired angle. Be gentle, working around the outside of the disc to the center. Don’t start at the center as this will cause buckling.

7. Do a final pass with the steel wool to clean any remaining Sharpie and you’re good to go! Depending on the metal you chose, these may need to be lightly buffed and the details may need to be re-filled with Sharpie every so often. We do this at bath time since the collars are already off.

8. Fin!

<3
Andrea

P.S I wanted to show you my sexy little ladies with their new bling, but they would not sit still! Such energetic dogs…

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DIY Wire Photo or Card HoldersWhen I go on trips, instead of bringing back traditional souvenirs, I like to find things I find interesting and incorporate them into my life in unique ways. On a recent trip to Portland, I found some cool keys that I made into a long chain necklace. On our last cruise, I found sea shells that I made into earrings. And on our honeymoon, we found some interesting rocks. (Huh. Yeah. Let’s no psychoanalyze why out of everything, I brought home rocks from my honeymoon.)

Since November, these rocks have just sat in our office. But recently I decided to make them useful in our home by making them into unique photo holders for our wedding and honeymoon pictures. The technique is simple and can be used in many different ways–these don’t just need to hold photos. A few different ideas are place cards, table numbers, business cards, price cards, food labels, birthday/holiday cards, and anything else you can think of. And you’re not limited to using something like a rock either. Anything weighted will work. Even things that are not weighted will work, if you counterbalance the top with the bottom. In short, this has many uses. Enjoy!

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Andreq

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From This to That Easy DIY Studded Booties

These booties were originally seen in this previous outfit post. This is a great & fun way to make something you already have new again or to revamp an item you’ve thrifted that needs some extra pizzazz (as I did here).

I think it’s fairly clear to see what I did so instead of giving you a full tutorial, I will give you some tips I learned along the way, as well as my supply list.

{Supplies Used}

Item to Stud :: My booties above are thrifted
10mm Pyramid Studs :: Purchased on Ebay for cheap!
Needle Nose Pliers
X-acto Knife (Optional)

Tips for Studding Your Stuff

  1.  Be ware of the thickness of your item. The teeth on the pyramid studs can only pierce so deep, so make sure your selected item to revamp isn’t too thick. I would say nothing over 5-8mm in thickness for this type of stud.
  2. Make sure the prongs on the stud are straight before you push them into your material otherwise you’ll have trouble getting them to pierce and bend in.
  3. Try to be precise when choosing placement, as crooked studs will effect the placement of later ones, especially if you’re stacking them like I did here. Luckily though, the look here is very forgiving. I had a few screw ups but you can’t really tell once they’re on.
  4. When pushing the stud in, us your pliers to help the prongs get through as much as possible by pressing around where the prong should pierce. If you’re still having trouble, remove the stud and use the X-acto knife to make a deeper incision.
  5. Bend prongs inward towards the center of the stud. Use your pliers for this. Your fingers will thank you.
  6. Run a finger over the set prongs to make sure everything is set flat and nothing will snag.
  7. Done!

P.S. If you screw up on any stud, simply pry up the prongs and reset it. I was able to take off and reset the same stud, so no waste!

That’s it! A very simple but edgy upgrade. What’s also great is that these come in many different shapes, colors, and sizes. And in case you’d like to see, this is what the back of the studs look like.

pyramid-stud-front-back<3

Andrea

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