Hardware You Can Wear! DIY Hardware Jewelry

This week’s Trendy Tuesday was inspired by serious jewelry envy and a little stop at the hardware store with Mrs. Chanda. Yes, jewelry and hardware… mix those two together and you get one major fashion statement. Statement jewelry is a huge way to intensify an everyday outfit or any night time look. Stick with the industrial and bold look of the gold, aluminum and copper tones or mix it with pops of color for a beautiful juxtaposition of hard metal textures and bright colors.

DIY Hardware2 Below you will find some pieces Chanda and I found particularly unique and powerful, inspiration of hardware jewelry done right, as well as a DIY tutorial of some pieces my dad (YES, my dad) helped me conceptualize and create!

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Obsessed with the gold hose nozzles and leather combo!

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Short statement necklace with those large hardware pieces look simple, yet strong!

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See what I mean with that industrial gold and bold color!

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This silver “S” bangle humbly held and twisted together by gold wire embraces the pure metallic power of hardware.

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Nuts and washers woven into friendship bracelets!! Here are some photos from Chanda and I’s stop at our local hardware store, Miners to revel in all that is copper, silver and gold! AND… It is always an extra bonus watching the “manly” men listen to us drool over hardware, visualizing what an awesome accessory it would make! IMG_9624IMG_9620IMG_9629IMG_9630IMG_9625 Seriously still swooning over some of that metal goodness! The best part is… check out those prices!  99 cents? Yes please! As promised, here are some simple hardware jewelry DIY that only takes $5 and a quick trip to the hardware store and/or a good rummage through your tool box (in my case… my dad’s hehe)! For the most part, you can work with whatever you desire! I chose some cut wire from Lowes and some leather strips my mom had in her bead room! But as pictured, you can use rope, yarn, wire, etc.! Some essential tools for this project are: – Wire cutters – Pliers – Crimp tool (and we even needed a hammer for some tricky crimps!) IMG_9650IMG_9661 Wire bracelets: – Desired thickness of wire – Hardware “charms” desired ( i love mixing metallics!) – Appropriate wire crimps – A cloth IMG_9651IMG_9673

Cut the wire to desired length... single or layered!

Cut the wire to desired length… single or layered!

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Make sure the opening is wide enough to fit your wrist!

Use the cloth to cover the crimp piece to keep it from getting scratched! Aluminum is sensitive! After crimping, to make sure all three layers of the wire were completely crimped, I hammered (with the cloth over) the crimp piece. Be careful, because I came out of this project with a purple thumb to accessorize with 🙂

IMG_9681 IMG_9689 Leather bracelet and necklace: – Leather of your choice (or rope/yarn) – Desired charm or hardware pendant – And a slip knot! (slip knot help)

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Make sure you have two separate, even sized leather strips for both sides of the pendent

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Now for the necklace! I loved the forrest green with the large copper and gold hardware! I put to equal pieces of the roped leather to add a layering aspect.

Now for the necklace! I loved the forrest green with the large copper and gold hardware! I put two equal pieces of the roped leather to add a layering aspect.

Slip knot time! Ideal for adjusting length size according to necklines.

Slip knot time! Ideal for adjusting length size according to necklines.

IMG_9697 AND… the final products! IMG_9692 IMG_9706IMG_9704 Hope you all enjoyed this non-traditional jewelry craft that shows hardware is for girls too! Now, maybe it’s time for me to get a tool box! Until next time,

xx

Brittany

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