Friday, June 10, 2011

Diy Chevron Manicure

I'm kind of obsessed with chevrons. I also love concept manicures, and was inspired by this diy version of the half moon style. I thought I'd put the two together.

All you need are some plain white sticky labels, two nail polish colors, and a top coat. First, paint your nails as you normally would with the background color. Next, cut out sticky triangles for the bottom part of the chevron, and then outline the top by overlapping two straight strips, which are little faster to cut out. This leaves the blank space for the chevron. Carefully paint on the second color, and once you're sure the polish is dry, remove the stickies and voilĂ !

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Jewelry Rigged

I found these awesome feather headdress earrings on eBay. The thing is though, they're clip-ons. At first I was like, that's cool. What's wrong with clip-on earrings? You can wear them just the same, and I thought it was charming how they brought to mind all the vintage earrings in my mom's giant jewelry box that I oohed and aahed over as a kid (my mom never got her ears pierced, and I had to beg to get mine pierced when I was about 9 years old - I succeeded only with the intercession of a cool aunt). Then I wore them for the first time on a ferry ride across the Bay, and one of them fell off. Not so charming.

I was super disappointed and attempted to retrace my steps on and off the ferry, but to no avail. I came up with plans to wear the remaining earring with a mismatched stud (it'll be cool and asymmetrical, right?), and to scour eBay for replacements, but I was still pretty bummed.
 But then at the end of the day, when we'd finally gotten to our front steps, there it was. Waiting for me. Right in front of my house, it had never even made it onto the ferry with me in the first place.
Obviously if I was going to wear them again, it was not as clip-ons.

As it turns out, all you need to convert clip-on earrings into pierced earrings, are metal posts, jewelry metal glue, and earring backs, all of which you can find at a craft store. Just glue the posts onto the back surface, and voilĂ . For some reason, extra security I suppose, I left the clip-on apparatus in tact, and glued the posts on in such a way that the clip fits over them, and the backing goes on after the clip. If these don't stay on after this, it just wasn't meant to be.