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DIY Cocktail Ring

DIY Cocktail Ring

Pop quiz: What's fabulous, cheap, and more sparkly than Liza Minnelli cabaret-dancing with jazz hands? (Hint: it's not Richard Simmons.) ...Why, yes! You've guessed it! A super-easy DIY cocktail ring! It's the perfect accessory for Fall's uber-chic jewel toned fashions. Read on below for all the DIY details...

This little beauty cost me all of $3.99 to make, and it would've been free if I had a better supply of basic craft products on hand. The inspiration actually came to me while I was wandering the aisles of my favorite craft store, looking to purchase some glue. Yes, dear readers, I had no glue in my house. I am a crafting shame. So as I was perusing the aisles, thinking glue thoughts, my eyes met a shiny object and my non-crafty brain said, "OoOooh--costume jewelry!"

...It was, in fact, a button. Most likely designed in 1983. But it was a lovely (albeit cheesy) 1980s button, so I bought it and took it home, determined to help it fulfill its costume jewelry destiny. You can do this same project with any little sparklies you come across: old brooches, clip earrings, that hideous t-shirt tie from junior high. Be creative, have some fun, and use those jazz hands.

To make your OWN cocktail ring:
Cocktail Ring Tutorial

1. Find a sparkly object. Behold, my fabulous button. Make sure the back of your piece is flat. I broke off the button loop on the back of my piece with a pair of pliers. If you're using an earring or brooch, remove the clip or pin back.

2. Add gems, if necessary. I glued 3 mm clear rhinestones to the center and outer corners of the button for some added bling.

3. Give the sparkly object an "antiqued" look by coloring lightly over the stones and piece with both a black and brown sharpie marker. This is a great tip for making cheap looking objects appear older and more expensive. Instant age and class!

4. Lightly remove some of the sharpie with a q-tip and nail polish remover. This is what gives the object a mottled, aged look.

5. Using a sturdy piece of craft wire (I used 16 gauge gold here), wind three times around a finger-sized object like a highlighter. Bend and stretch the wire to fit your desired finger (I personally like wearing cocktail rings on my middle right finger).

6. Glue your wire to your sparkly, aged piece. A glue gun works fine, but for a more lasting piece, I'd recommend using E6000.

Good luck cocktail blinging, Sisteroos!

7 comments:

Tamina said...

Amazing Lawyer!! The sharpie coloring is a GREAT tip too!

Lawyer said...

Thank you, Tamina!! Sharpies also work wonders on chips and nicks in dark-colored furniture (so my husband doesn't find out I was using our bedside table as a stepstool). It's amazing what a cheap marker and a little magic can do... :)

Lawyer's Husband said...

Dear Lawyer. I read Sisteroo, so be careful what you share about your home furnishing cover ups... Great post sweetheart!

Lawyer said...

Heh heh. Hi, sweetheart. Um, whatever happened, it wasn't me. I promise...

Anonymous said...

I've got to check at home to make sure Lawyer didn't use the marker trick on my furniture . . .

Lawyer's Dad

Anonymous said...

love love love this site!!!! and the comments are almost as great as the actual posts. thanks to you ladies i am able to revamp my whole wardrobe and redesign my whole house with very little money spent. keep up the lovely work!!

Lawyer said...

Anonymous, thank you so much for visiting our site! Please keep us updated on your fun jewelry and wardrobe projects! :)

And dad, ...er. Hem. Haw. If you see any Sharpie coverups, it was definitely mom.

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