DIY: Maison Martin Margiela Inspired Necklace

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

I love jewelry and I’ve been feeling lately that all of the crazy chunky stuff that is in is SO DIYable. Often I part with my money only too happily for jewelry but I feel wrong spending 300 dollars on some chains that were welded together, even if they were welded together quite beautifully. I had been admiring this necklace (sold out, sorry) a while ago from Maison Martin Margiela:

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

So I put together my own.

(Here, here, here, here and here are some similar necklaces)

You’ll need:

2 or 3 lengths of chain in progressively smaller sizes. You can find them at your local hardware store, just ask the nice man to cut them into the lengths that you want. As you can see I only did 2.

Ribbon for a closure

A subtley colored, strong thread or floss to hold the chains together

A lighter (optional)

Hex or other nuts (we only had quad lying around)

Find the middle of the biggest chain which will go around the neck. Weave the medium piece of chain through with your floss. Do the same thing with the third piece, or hex nuts or whatever you’re using.

I used a lighter to carefully ‘fuse’ my knots. Be careful though because you can burn through it if you’re not careful and you’ll have to start over, which is terrible.

Tada!

DIY: Adia Kibur Inspired Necklace

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Sorry for the no-post Friday but things got too crazy around here! I have some good news to share, but only after I’ve dotted my I’s and crossed my T’s. On Sunday I worked till my fingers bled (literally) doing DIY projects, sanding and spray painting the crap out of a bunch of pieces of furniture I kept meaning to re-do but never did. I’ve finally made a few decisions about how I want our bedroom to look (a mere 6 months after moving here) so this week I’ll have a big post with pictures about that. Today I have an Adia Kibur inspired DIY. I’ve been trolling Shopbop every spare minute for a dress to wear to an upcoming wedding of two good friends (in NYC at the Plaza, hoody hoo!) and though I just can’t seem to pull the trigger on a dress I came upon this necklace. I’m a sucker for flourescent but 145USD + customs is a bit steep for something I could make after a cheap trip to Builder’s Warehouse (the South African Home Depot).

For this project you will need:

2 lengths of chain which add up to anywhere that fits around your head up to a metre (can be the same or different, you decide) These are available by the metre/yard at your local hardware store.

1  flourescent spray paint color (I used the one from my credit card necklace)

2 jump rings

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Take one of the  lengths of chain outside or to a garage (or if you have a balcony spread out some garbage bags and cover everything) and spray paint it. Let it dry for an hour, turn it over and spray paint the other side. After it has dried for at least 24 hours (er, um 5 hours in the sun if you’re lazy) use your jump rings to attach it to the other chain length so that it is one giant necklace. You can wear it long or short, or take ribbon and tie it through the jump rings and wear it in half like pictured above. Enjoy your awesome necklace and the money you didn’t spend!

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

fashion fridays.

okay i’m doing it. fashion fridays. disclaimers: 1) i don’t claim to know anything about fashion, except that i like it. 2) i’m just learning how to use my camera, and take pictures of my outfits so bear with me! maybe i’ll be too shy to do this again and 3) i must apologize for my look of fear-masked-by-determination in this photo, i’ll get it one day. ok, let’s get started shall we?

i wore this to watch the south african ballet perform sleeping beauty at joburg civic theatre.

sunglasses: miumiu via galeries lafayette. i had a bad day at work and they made me feel better like p couldn’t no one else could

tank: h&m. that is because jcrew recently decided to make their tanks out of shit very thin material. bad move jcrew. i loved your tanks. 

neon maxi skirt and necklace: anthropologie. i got that ish on sale, yo. 

bag: alexander wang via shopbop. because mr. wang is a bad*ss. and now by the transitive property, so am i. 

bracelet: adia kibur via shopbop.

alright, i hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend! singh: out. 

14th october, 2011