Saturday, December 8, 2012

Jewelry Revamp With Paint!

Got old, faded or tarnished jewelry that you love way too much to throw away? I do! I always save them thinking that some day I will bring them back to life or make something else out of them. As you can see below, this is just one of many boxes of costume jewelry that I can never seem to part with. Funny thing is, I hardly wore any of it...
Anyway, I found one medallion necklace that I really loved amongst all the junk. The metal was really tarnished and dark looking. I didn't have anything to remove the tarnish so I decided to paint it with a touch of gold metallic paint. I wanted to keep the details of the piece but bring out more shine and sparkle. Here's how.
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DIY Mood Lighting-In Under ONE Minute!

When I bought this night-light lamp about 4 years ago for the kids room, I always bought colored bulbs in yellow or orange for it. Those bulbs added a warm and cozy mood to the room. As the years went by I realized that they were not always so easy to find and they can get pretty pricey. 

Recently, the bulb blew and I asked hubby to pick up a new one at the local hardware store. Not knowing that I needed a warm and cozy bulb, (of course) he bought a bright, (brighter than the sun) LED bulb. He said they were energy efficient so I didn't bother to have him return it. For about a week or so we had to place a sheet over the lamp to dim it's glare. It was so bright I was afraid it would wake the kids from their sleep. 

I realized I had these awesome paints in my craft bin. This was exactly what I needed to solve my issue. This stuff is great on glass, ceramic and tiles. You can find them at Michaels craft stores. 

NOTE: Since this is an LED bulb, it is ok to paint because it does not drive heat like regular bulbs do. Please DO NOT paint regular bulbs. Be sure to only use glass paint.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

DIY Ring: Great Holiday Gift Idea

Love DIY jewelry? So do I. I featured a few holiday jewelry crafts before and I get great responses from them so I decided to do another one. This is a very simple tutorial but it has a great impact as a final piece.

Things you will need:

  1. Silver or gold shiny trimmings from the fabric or craft store
  2. Needle nose pliers or anything to pinch a curve in the wire
  3. Galvanized thin wire
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