Stardust Choker by Quiet Lion Creations

Stardust Choker by Quiet Lion Creations

Dripping with cosmic crystals and dipped in stardust sparkles, this galaxy-chic choker set is probably one of my favs yet! You can’t go wrong with anything slightly mystic – moon and stars are icons that I don’t think will ever go out of style! Slightly Stevie Nicks gypsy meets Space Oddity in vibe, it’s a great update to a simple choker.

We all need shortcuts sometimes – if you’re a jewelry designer or beader, you know that most projects take hella time. For those instances where we don’t have hours to create a project, I like starting with bases and embellishing. Start with a plain rhinestone choker base (find it here!) and decorate with charms, dripping chain and more crystals. I used 4mm jump rings to add delicate cable chain and star drops down the whole length of the choker. Cut shorter pieces of chain and add randomly into the piece, but it helps to keep the look a bit asymmetrical, for an edgier vibe. Create the matching earring stud with another moon charm, beaded links and Swarovski drop. The front/back effect is super trendy right now – to create decoration on the back of an earring, simply use the butterfly back and attach another 4mm jumpring in the loop. Then, add your charm decoration. DIY studs are a cool update to normal drop earrings – simply look for the bases at your local craft store, or find them online here!

If cosmic is not really your mood, use different charms or crystals for multiple looks! Spikes would of course look great, or even or go with faceted briolettes for a dripping icicle look.

Special thanks to my model Karlee!

Stardust Choker by Quiet Lion Creations

Stardust Choker by Quiet Lion Creations
Stardust Choker by Quiet Lion Creations
Stardust Choker by Quiet Lion Creations
Stardust Choker by Quiet Lion Creations
Stardust Choker by Quiet Lion Creations

DIY Feather Daydream Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

These DIY Feather Daydream Necklaces combine sparkly crystals, delicate feathers and natural gemstones for the perfect post-Coachella look! Much like any music festival, I loved the flowy, bohemian style of the outfits I was seeing on Instagram….these necklaces are inspired by that free spirited vibe! This contemporary dreamcatcher pendant is a modern take on classic hippie style, and takes a lot less time to make than ordinary dreamcatchers.

DIY Feather Daydream Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

Long necklaces are great to make because I feel like the go with most necklines – and they’re just super easy to wear. Pair with a long tunic and skinny jeans, or go with a maxi dress and strappy sandals. The hint of glitz from the faceted crystals keeps the look dressy and chic!

DIY Feather Daydream Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

And the color options are endless – choose hues that match your mood! Let’s get started.

DIY Feather Daydream Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

STEP 1

Gather materials. You’ll need an assortment of crystal beads or gemstone beads (you can use a mix of sizes – just make sure the colors are complimentary), 24g wire, a large hoop connector or pendant (mine were about 1.5″-2″), eye pins, jump rings (use large sizes, these must go around your hoop pendant), a clasp, cable chain, a large gemstone focal bead (make sure it fits within your circle pendant with a bit of room to spare), a bead cap, feathers, E6000 glue and pliers (wire cutters, flatnose and roundnose).

If you’re struggling to find the hoop pendants at a craft store near you, they have a few choices on Amazon
here and hereDIY Feather Daydream Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations.

DIY Feather Daydream Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

STEP 2

Cut about a foot of your 24g wire and wrap tightly around the top of your hoop – mine already had a small  hole in it so I just wrapped through that. Thread on your large focal bead and freeform wire wrap around top and bottom of the loop, bringing the wire in front of the stone each time – you don’t have to worry about being perfect, the organic look of the wraps is what makes the piece super boho! On the last wrap, thread on crystals over the stone and wrap the end tightly to secure.

DIY Feather Daydream Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

STEP 3

For an asymmetric design, create 3 beaded links out of gemstone or crystal rounds (I used clear quartz here) and attach small lengths of chain in-between each (about 2″ or so). For a long necklace, I usually do about 26″-28″, so your total chain length (including bead links) should be somewhere around there. Try the fit on yourself, and add or delete chain where necessary. The image above shows before I added the extra length on my chain. If you want the beaded links to hang close to the pendant, you’ll need them closer to the middle of the 26″ length.

I’m using mixed metals here (copper and gold) for an eclectic look – you can choose which metals you’d like to mix (or not!)…

DIY Feather Daydream Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

STEP 4

Insert an eye pin through your bead cap, coming up from underneath – add another gemstone bead or crystal, and create a top wrapped loop. With the E6000 glue, glue your feather cluster inside the bead cap and let dry.

DIY Feather Daydream Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

STEP 5

With a jumpring, attach the feather tassel to the  bottom of your beaded hoop. Again, my pendant already had a loop so this step was rather easy! If your’s doesn’t have a loop, use a larger 10mm jumpring (or whatever fits around your hoop) and attach that way.

To add the chain length to the top of the hoop, use 2 large jump rings, on either side of the focal gemstone. Thread the chain through. To finish, add your clasp at the end of the chain, and a jumpring on the other side. You can also choose to add a small 3″ extender chain, if you’d like to be able to adjust.

DIY Feather Daydream Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

With numerous combinations, you can create anything from sleek, sparkly pieces to earthy, natural schemes. I personally like the mix of stone and faceted glass, for the stylish contrast!

DIY Feather Daydream Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

Even if you’re not at Coachella, you can still rock the look! Gather up your friends or fam for a DIY weekend jewelry session – these are totally doable for even beginning jewelry designers.

DIY Feather Daydream Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

Which gemstones are your favorite to work with?!DIY Feather Daydream Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations


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Don’t steal them, it’s bad karma ☺.


DIY Feather Daydream Necklaces
DIY Feather Daydream Necklaces

DIY Feather Daydream Necklaces

charcoal latte - quiet lion creations

charcoal x coconut milk x glitter

it’s truly the stuff {goth} dreams are made of….

Where? Chocolate Pi, Tampa

I had been seeking out charcoal lattes, like elusive magical unicorns, ever since seeing the trend on Pinterest a few months ago. After spotting a charcoal latte on a friend’s Instagram post, I immediately asked her where she had found this much sought-after creamy concoction. I had entirely no clue that Chocolate Pi’s sparkly rendition was hiding a mere 20-minute drive from me. I HAD.TO.GO–NOW!

What better to pair with this deliciously dark drink than edgy accessories and sheer, starry shirts. Layer up your dainty jewelry for a perfectly proportioned pairing – delicate pieces are great for all-day wearing. They won’t weigh you down like heavier pieces will….I’ve given myself a few neck aches here and there from chunkier designs. But, sometimes you’ve gotta suffer for style!

Some of my favorite everyday pieces are dainty (faux) leather chokers. They give that edginess without being over-the-top goth. Create your own by cutting an approx. 14″ to 15″ piece of flat, faux leather. Slide on beads, charms, or a slider component (like the evil eye below) to the center. Finish both ends with flat ribbon ends, and add a clasp and extender chain, just in case. These chokers become such a staple in my wardrobe that it feels strange if I leave the house without adding one. Not a “OHMYGOD where is my phone?!” level of panic, but more a “hey, something is missing” mild alert….

Anyway, if you’re ever in the Tampa area, PLEASE go check out Chocolate Pi – or if you’re miles away, gawk at their Instagram page.

charcoal latte - quiet lion creations

black latte - quiet lion creations