Saturday, May 18, 2013

Recycled Paper Jewelry DIY

I've always been a fan of Cristian Lacroix.  Maybe it's because he invented the pouf skirt!  I mean, how could you not be a fan of that piece of fashion history?  I truly love his jewelry pieces.  They are a mixture of Baroque and a dash of Tony Duquette splattered with gems and stones.  What's not to love?  These pieces are made with magazine pages and some easy to find supplies.  Lately I've been having a love affair with cabochons but these pieces can easily be made with flat back gems.  Try them both and see what happens. In the mean time, make sure to subscribe to my blog because I'll be sending out some fun tidbits and very good news soon.  Happy DIY'ing!

Christian Lacroix inspired Recycled Paper Jewelry
Some vintage Christian Lacroix jewelry from the 1980's
Learn how to make them here!
You'll need:
2 1/2" wide magazine strips
White glue
Gold Metallic Krylon spray paint
Needle nose pliers
Flat metal cuff
Clip on earring flats
Ring finding
Cabochons or flat back gems
Roll your magazine stips (at an angle) into thin straws 
 Secure the end with a small dab of white glue
Make a TON of these! 
 Grab your needles nose pliers
 Starting from one end of a straw, roll it tightly around the tip of the pliers
 Secure the end with a dab of white glue
For larger rolls, connect 2 or 3 straws together 
See the difference? 
Grab your E-6000 
 Using a dab of E-6000 and then a dab of hot glue, add your beads
to the cuff in a pattern you like.  
The hot glue keeps it in place while the E-6000 dries
 Spray your pieces (outside) with a gold Krylon metallic 

You could stop here.....OR......
Glue on cabochons and or flat back gems
Make earrings using only 4 beads and gluing them together with hot glue and E-6000 for 
the clip-on earring findings 
The earrings.....BTW, these look great on me. 
You're done!
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  1. Wow! This is awesome! I didn't know these are made of paper when I first saw it! Great tutorial! :D

  2. Wow! You wouldn't know these were made of paper if you hadn't seen the tute. So cool!

  3. Wow! You wouldn't know these were made of paper if you hadn't seen the tute. So cool!