Sunday, March 4, 2012

Teeny Tiny Framed Jewels - Super Simple DIY



Today: how I turned a trip to the home improvement store into this preposterously simple framed charm jewelry:










Ready?  Here's the DIY!


Step one: go on a search for these little doodads:



They are wedge spacers for setting tiles.  100 of them cost less than four bucks!  I found these at Lowe's, but they are available other places, too.  (Click here for the manufacturer's website, there's a list of retail sources on there somewhere.)

Step two: snip off the end with strong scissors - they're not tough to cut at all.



Step three: open a jump ring, add a charm and a mini frame, and twist the jump ring closed.  If the jump ring is light, you can use your fingers and one pair of pliers; for a heavier gauge, you'll need two pairs.  (Sorry, no picture of that 2 plier move.)




Annnd...that's that!






Add Sharpie doodles for extra fun!









You could also use a longer piece, or use the back side, or both:


I want to try model paints or paint pens for some different effects.  These are little blank slates and I love them SO much!






(Another idea: my friend Ruth from Periwinkle Dzyns suggested changing the color with Rit dye - I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds like a great idea!  You should take a look at her fabulous experiments in button dying.)


Okay, my peeps, that's it for now...see ya next time!

14 comments:

  1. Such a great idea! SO simple but brilliant results!

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  2. Great idea. I love frames and why not have you jewerly framed as well?
    Greetings from Germany
    Catrin

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  3. OOOH thanks for posting this Michelle. I love it.

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  4. So much you can do with these frames! Love the flower trios. What are they?

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  5. First the Dollar Store, now Lowe's. Where will you shop next? So many possibilities with these little wedges. Awesome!!

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  6. I really like the elephant with the sharpie doodles - and the rose with the key - fun projects...

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  7. wao dear, these are so many with lots of cute thingies..lovely!!
    thanks for sharing how-to

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  8. Preposterously beautiful..especially the flower trios enhanced with markers. Another upcycle?

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  9. what fun Michelle! I can imagine all kinds of colourful designs with the sharpies and paint, but I love the simple white ones too. Oh the possibilities...

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  10. wow..looks fabulous!! what a great idea!!

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  11. Brilliant! The flower ones are my favorites. I wonder if alcohol inks will work? BTW You know I am going to feature this one on my blog as it is too good not to share!

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