Monday, 29 June 2015

Marble-ous - How to DIY Fendi Galassia Marble Block Sunglasses


Get the cream of the cat eye trend in a simple 10-minute DIY.Fendi Galassia Marble Block Sunglasses


Fendi Galassia Marble Block Sunglasses (see more see through sunglasses)

You will need...


Sunglasses

Nail polish (including black nail polish)

Resin and hardener

Paper

Pencil and fine-tipped marker pen

Palette knife

Parcel tape


Difficulty



Quite easy


I'm saying this mostly in the name of covering myself - it helps to be reasonably dexterous but there's nothing especially challenging.


Time


10-20 minutes (excluding resin drying time)


Give me one good resin...


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Up to the wire - How to DIY Oscar de la Renta Wire Rose Drop Earrings


Oscar de la Renta Wire Rose Clip-On Drop Earrings





You will need...




NB: You can also use flat clip-on earrings.

Difficulty


Quite easy

A very quick, very straightforward project that just needs a little dexterity with wire and pliers.


Time

About 20 minutes.


Get totally wired...



...and there you have it!


Thursday, 18 June 2015

The Trends on Thursday - a taste of peach and grey



A tepid start to the summer inspired me to combine spring pastel hues with warm gold tones rather than going the whole full-colour hog, and to pick a few practical pieces for changeable weather that are as snug as they are summery. So, if you like your colour palette peachy with a pop of gold, here are a few ideas to whet your appetite for DIY.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Making the cut - how to DIY a Soomin star leather collar


Try the laser cut jewellery trend for an intricate yet easy statement piece.Soomin - Star Necklace Lasercut





You will need...


*Leather can be faux if your budget or indeed moral stance requires it.

**The silver leaf in question is made by Fimo and can be purchased here.

Not pictured

Eyelet hole puncher



Difficulty

Quite easy

This one's basically straightforward; you just have to be reasonably dexterous with a scalpel and not mind getting a little messy.



Time

2-3 hours (3 if you include lacquer drying time).



Mesh things up a bit...

Cut the following shape out in leather or faux leather:
Spray on a layer of clear lacquer, cover the collar in silver leaf and spray another layer of clear lacquer over it to fix it in place. If the silver leaf tears, use the top side of your fingernails or the handle of your scalpel to smooth it down while wet.

Leave the collar to dry. Once it has dried, use your scalpel to cut away the excess silver leaf, leaving you with a fully covered silver collar.

Punch a hole at either end. Using your pliers, open a jump ring, put it through the hole and the clasp and close the ring. Repeat this process with the chain at the other end.







Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Nice twist - How to DIY twister ice lolly sandals

A pop of colour for the summer.The sandal that sums up British summer | Fashion | The Guardian2014 gave us normcore - from its obnoxious mission to try too hard to look like you're not trying to the brash faux-iconographic fast food motifs exemplified at Moschino - followed by the fleeting cartoon chic of 'lolcore.' Then 2015 came and presented us with a clean slate, though not necessarily a blank canvas, from which we are currently sampling a juicy trend of vibrant food motifs, from sweets to tropical fruit, in what is probably the most ample display or indeed mention of food fashion has ever seen. This year's food fashion trend brings a new vibe with a mix of coquettish kitsch with a saccharine sweet colour scheme, giving it just the right mix of pin-up prettiness and fashion-forward fun. The highlight for me has been the twister lolly sandals from the Asos and Walls collaboration.

You will need...


 *You also need clear nail polish

Not pictured

Pink fabric paint (since I didn't use pink sandals)

Sand paper and nail files

Difficulty

Moderately challenging

As you'd expect with anything as unorthodox as sculpting ice lolly-shaped heels from car body filler, there's a certain art to it but it's easy when you know how.

Time

About 5 hours.

Can do candy...


If, like the ones I used, your sandals have narrow heels, bulk them up by slathering body filler on as thickly as possible. Mix the filler with the hardener and apply it using the palette knife.

Once it has dried, sandpaper it down.



Coat the heels with another layer of body filler. Make some horizontal grooves with the palette knife and, as the filler is setting, smooth the ridges into rounded, sausage-like shapes; it also helps to use nail files to smooth them down.
Paint your sandals pink if they aren't pink already. Then paint the heels with nail polish. Finally, coat them with clear nail polish.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

The Trends on Wednesday - Sandal Up



Kitsch fruit or kooky '70s funk, this summer, it's about the statement sandal. Now that it's just about warm enough to give into the sandal season vibe, I thought I'd share some of my latest ideas for tackling the trend. As well as lending themselves to customisation, through straightforward painting, gluing and embellishing, shoes' size and positioning in relation to a full outfit (if you consider how and where the eye moves as the overall look is processed) allows you to ride the trend subtly. This would definitely be a bonus for anyone questioning their bravery to take on such a riskily quirky trend - possibly even those who don't, considering what a minefield it is to err on the tastefully tongue-in-cheek rather than tacky side. And so, if you are all for a little experimenting, you can do much worse than to dip your toe - and shortly feet, one presumes - into the statement sandal trend, whatever the heel height.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Customisation for for camo



Owing to other stresses and commitments in my life I sadly haven't been able to devote the concentration and efforts I'd normally like to solving the world's DIY fashion problems and granting you access to some of fashion's most coveted items the creative way. However, I did find the inspiration in something similarly utilitarian to finding a way to express your creativity under constrained and difficult circumstances: the humble camouflage jacket. Graffiti chic had a fashion moment recently but it was the graffiti on the jacket worn by Charlotte Free earlier this year that inspired me to try and get the look with fabric paint and a glue spreader (because, I mean, why not?). Graffiti chic might have been a statement look but it surely takes one of the most quintessentially 90s paradigms of army camouflage to transform a fleeting statement into of-the-moment retro kitsch.