The only thing better than adding to my ring stacks with jewels from Catbird is adding to my ring stacks with antique finds.
Unless I’m attending an Indian wedding, I’m a less is more kind of woman. I like barely-there rings from catbird, that are a nice surprise when you notice them. But I gotta love a trend that allows me to buy bracelets like they’re going extinct and embrace my 7th grade self who wore a ring on every finger and thought I was The Shit (I wasn’t the shit. I looked like a boy and thus boys didn’t “like me like me” and the essays I wrote in Mr. Billing’s English class were far too serious for a 12 year old).
So I present my Arm Stack.
Silk thread, or embroidery thread in the color of your choice
A pair of pliers Simply follow the instructions above, except I forgot to add: TRIM OFF THE EXCESS THREAD after your clamp down on the crimps. You can make a whole stack or just a couple to add to the party on your hand. I used black thread, obvi but feel free to get crazy. For the pinky ring I just added a separator. Add anything you like! The two thin bands on my hand are the catbird first knuckle ring in rose gold and their threadbare ring in yellow gold.
click on the links below each item above to be magically transported.
1. sparkly camera strap. there’s no reason my ever-present camera shouldn’t look adorbs. via bloomtheory.
2. metal thin hand cuff bracelet. need. NEED. via shopbop.
3. tiny turquoise ring to add to the growing stack on my wedding finger. via catbird.
4. metallic lace-up booties. OBVI. via shopbop.
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:
So I put together my own.
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.
I came across this adorable bracelet at Anthropologie and realized it was easy enough to make!
All you’ll need is:
Metal findings (I used a part of an old necklace as well as some pressed separators)
Embroidery floss, or a type of cord you’ll feel comfortable using
First knot your cord on each side of your metal finding using a slip knot. Maybe you want to spray paint your metal finding first for some color.
Measure your bracelet to the right length, and make a closure sliding knot or perhaps you would like to add a real bracelet closure.
Wear several on your wrist. Voila!
*Bottom picture from Anthropologie.