Men's bohemian jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

Men's bohemian jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

It’s all about asymmetry with my newest men’s pieces. With the help of some eclectic amulets, Arabic coins, stone tusks and Swarovski crystal accents, the look stays mismatched in all the best ways. Antiqued multi-metals add rusticity for that earthy, world-traveler vibe.

As usual, pile on the layers by mixing short and long pieces – keep the colorways similar (as seen on Ryan below) for cohesiveness.

If you’d like to create your own necklace in this style – it’s simple! Create anywhere from 5 to 10 beaded links with eye pins and various gemstone rounds. I love faceted rounds, which give a subtle shine that’s super chic! Link those together. Add chunky chain to one side measuring about 18″.

With a smaller cable chain, cut two approx. 24″ pieces, and string on a large pendant (similar to my Arabic coin or buddha amulet) – Attach one side of the chains to the bottom of your beaded link strand.

Add a clasp to the open end of the doubled chain – add a jumpring to the end of the chunky chain to close.

If desired, add charms or chain dangles to the beaded strand with jump rings. .

Model credit: Ryan Folliard 

 

Model: Ryan Folliard - Boho men's jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations
Model: Ryan Folliard - Men's Bohemian Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations
Men's bohemian jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations
Men's bohemian jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

 

DIY Coachella headband accessories by Quiet Lion Creations

Boho bullets star in these bold tassel necklaces – mix stones, crystals, leather, charms and more mix to create an eclectic look!

Featuring charms from Elements of Antiquity, these are great pieces to layer with other necklaces – create them in various lengths to match every outfit!

Follow my vid below for the FULL steps – subscribe to my channel here for more crafty goodness!

 

Firecracker Statement Necklace Quiet Lion Creations

DIY Coachella headband accessories by Quiet Lion Creations

In honor of the Fourth, I’ve got here a chic update on the classic red, white and blue Americana attire. Why not take sleek silver components, shimmering crystals and a bit of bohemian glam to create a statement necklace set?

As seen on Katie (below), this dynamic duo of chunky choker and even chunkier tassel necklace shimmers just like a firecracker (minus the fear-inducing noise, possibility of mishaps and headache-like strobe lights — I’m not a fan of ’em)…..

I found those great 2-hole connectors on Ebay, which is definitely one of my top places to find beads of all sorts. I do 99% of my bead shopping online – free shipping seals the deal.

It couldn’t be easier to make the choker – simply string on 5mm milky blue roundelles to 2 18″ pieces of monofilament or beading wire, alternating the 2-hole connectors, and finish off with a clasp and extender chain for comfort. You can use any 2-hole connectors you’d like, but the bigger and chunkier, the better. The finished choker should be about 14.5″ at the smallest (about the normal size of a choker, but measure your own neck in case).

To make a similar tassel necklace, create bead links out of various crystals. Connect to circle components with jump rings, and then connect the circle components together as a “chain” of sorts. Mix with larger 4-hole components or other focal components with more jump rings, and finish off the bottom with a chain tassel.

I love any piece that can be mixed and matched, like this one – wear just the choker or the necklace by itself, or wear ’em together for a definite statement. I always opt for that bold look – keep the rest of the look a bit simple though, so the focus stays on your DIY jewels!!

Happy B-day, ‘Merica! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

 

Model credit: Katie O’Leary 

 

Firecracker Statement Necklace Quiet Lion Creations

Firecracker Statement Necklace Quiet Lion CreationsFirecracker Statement Necklace Quiet Lion Creations

Firecracker Statement Necklace Quiet Lion Creations

Firecracker Statement Necklace Quiet Lion Creations

DIY Mermaid Laptop Cover - Quiet Lion Creations

Get ready to surf (see what I did there?! 🙂 ) in style with this Crystal Mermaid Laptop cover DIY! Use shells, gems, metal charms and more to create a sparkly accessory any sea or land creature would love!

This is a great beginner project, as I simply glued all these pieces to a pre-existing hardshell laptop cover.

DIY Mermaid Laptop Cover - Quiet Lion Creations

If you want to head on over to my CraftPaperScissors FULL TUTORIAL here, please do so! I have all the images and step-by step instructions on how to create your very own design!

DIY Mermaid Laptop Cover - Quiet Lion Creations

E6000 or another craft glue (that dries clear!) works best for this project.

DIY Mermaid Laptop Cover - Quiet Lion Creations

You can follow my embellishment orientation, or mix it up for different looks!

DIY Mermaid Laptop Cover - Quiet Lion Creations

I love how this gives a sense of the beach, even when I’m working from inside a windowless office (insert grumpy face). Enjoy!!!

DIY Cubs Sparkle Gear by Quiet Lion

YOUR FAVORITE CUBS FANS ARE BACK IN ACTION! I’ve again partnered with Bianca of Mhm That Girl to bring you more sparkly goodness.

Our last post focused on scrumptious “W” flag cookies (read it here!) so we decided to glam it up for this one – hence the overly-crystallized but OH SO RIGHT hats, tees and more.

And since everyone knows Cubs fans travel well, we took our team spirit all the way to the 305 — Miami! (*Disclaimer, Chicago won of course, and if they hadn’t, I wouldn’t be writing this post with as much enthusiasm as I am now).

DIY Cubs Sparkle Gear by Quiet Lion

Whether you’re a Cubbies fan (if you’re not, please leave lé blog NOW – just kidding, all are welcome, even Cards fans) or just someone who loves sparkly clothes, we take you through the full DIY on how to bedazzle any shirt, jersey, hat or other sports accessory you might have.

DIY Cubs Sparkle Gear by Quiet Lion

Feel free to mix up the crystal colors to match your team colors. We used mainly clear crystals with some red thrown in. My tip – always bring matching sunnies (these from Generation Bliss).

DIY Cubs Sparkle Gear by Quiet Lion

There’s also a bonus tutorial at the end for matching body glitter (ours made with a mix of blues, reds and little star sequins – for obvious reasons). Because Bianca says that body glitter is ALWAYS necessary.

Our getups in action at Marlins Park. Superfan status: achieved, we’d say.

Follow below for the full DIY!

DIY Cubs Sparkle Gear by Quiet Lion

Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are a few Cubs shirts, hats or W towels, acrylic crystal flatbacks (you can get some great mixed crystal tubs at Michaels or Hobby Lobby), Gem-Tac and a wax stick or Crystal Katana Tool. I used Swarovski red lacquer flatbacks for the Cubs hat – I mean, if you want to get ultra-fancy you can use Swarovski for everything – just might get a little pricey!!!

I really like GemTac because it dries clear, is odor free, and easy to work with. Some prefer E6000 – I’m definitely not a fan of that chemical smell.

Step 2: Choose the appropriate crystals. One thing that is SUPER important for crystallizing is knowing your stones. If you want the crystals to blend in with your background, use the same color crystals AS the background. If you want a contrasting shine, go with a white or AB crystal.

For this Cubs hat, I used red crystals which blended in and gave the “C” a subtle sparkle.

Use the GemTac and place small glue dots along your fabric – it really helps to use a toothpick here to get even dots. Use a small bit of glue, about the size of the flat back of your stone.

If you accidentally use a little extra, it’s ok – it will dry clear!

DIY Cubs Sparkle Gear by Quiet Lion

Step 3: Use the wax stick to place crystals on the glue – press down gently on each crystal to fully adhere. The GemTac starts drying pretty soon, but it will fully dry after a few hours, so leave it safe on the counter during the meantime.

DIY Cubs Sparkle Gear by Quiet Lion

To crystallize your other goodies, use the same method – but up the amount of glue for larger crystals. E6000 sometimes works better for this type of fabric (say a towel like this one) but again, I can’t stand the smell, so I use GemTac.

We decided to go with blue and white crystals for more of a POP on the towel. Bring on the bling.

DIY Cubs Sparkle Gear by Quiet Lion

CRYSTALLIZING SHIRTS

In very similar fashion, you can bling up any shirt, jersey, tank, jacket etc using GemTac and crystals. The   PREFERRED method is using an actual Hotfix crystal (which irons on and becomes one with the fabric – it’s washable and definitely sturdy) instead of a glue-on. Glue-ons aren’t going to hold up – period – and can’t be washed multiple times.

I simply had a ton of glue-on crystals I needed to do something with – hence these tees – and am fine with the possibility of a crystal falling off. I’ll just glue another back on.

I’m not going to be wearing these tees everyday either – they’re more of a special occasion thing.

Place small dots of glue along the tee or jersey’s logo – crystal clear flatbacks here coordinate with the white outlines – and place the crystals right on top. I used a bit more glue here, because the crystals will be moving around when wearing and I wanted to secure them as much as I could.

If you used Hotfix crystals here, use a Hotfix tool to set them easily – and not ruin your shirt with an iron.

DIY Cubs Sparkle Gear by Quiet Lion

If you want to go all out (like I did, I mean why wouldn’t you?!) continue gluing crystals on the back – after the front has dried for a few hours, of course. I used SS16 (which are about 4mm) crystals for the majority of the tees – smaller SS12 crystals helped fill in some gaps.

You can most certainly go for a simpler look – space crystals out evenly inside text (as opposed to outlining).

To decorate the bandana, simply fold the bandana as you’d wear it and glue the crystals – so easy, it does’t require a tutorial (ok, maybe I was just too lazy to photograph this part)!!!

Ok – now that you’ve got your tees and hats complete, it’s time for the icing on the Cubs cake – body glitter!

Bianca is the queen of glitter, for anyone who’s wondering, and her body glitter recipe is bomb. Easy, effective, sparkly. Check.

Feel free to change up the colors for other events – this is great for music festivals too.

Step 1: Gather ingredients. You’ll need 100% aloe gel (great for the skin!), fine glitter, and any accent glitter (we used red stars here – you can use other shapes, or even large flake glitter). You’ll also need an airtight bowl for storing, and a spoon or popsicle stick to stir with.

Our measurements are not precise – add about 1/4c of aloe into the bowl. Pour about 3tsp of glitter and start mixing – if you feel it’s not sparkly enough, add more by 1/2tsp amounts.

Mix, mix, mix!

To apply, simply brush on (we used a foam paint brush – it worked really well) in a thin layer and let dry. If you need more glitter, add another layer – but wait ’till the first is fully dry!!!

You could also add this in your hair – maybe try braiding and then covering the braids in glitter? I say yes. Below:::: the body glitter in action!! Ohh, ahhh!!

It dries fast and also is non-sticky. It does was off easily, as well. We left some glitter sparkles “accidentally” on the seats next to us. It’s kind of how we mark our Cubs territory.

So party on, crafters, and leave us comments below with any questions or suggestions for more tutorials!!!

DIY Cubs Sparkle Gear by Quiet Lion

DIY Magic Mermaid Tails by Quiet Lion CreationsIf you love sea life, mermaids, or sparkly things in general, these DIY magic mermaid tails are PERFECT for you! I take oven-bake clay and doctor it up with shimmery eyeshadow (a secret tip!), glitter and crystal flatbacks.

Mermaids are insanely trendy right now – not that I’m one to copy trends, but this one I’m totally on board with. An excuse to create something ultra-glitzy? Yes, please.Create these in a variety of colors and styles for your very own #MermaidSquad — follow along with my YouTube vid below – or if videos aren’t your style, I have a few step out photos under that. Enjoy!

DIY Magic Mermaid Tails by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 1: Gather materials. You’ll need polymer clay (oven bake, Sculpey brand or Fimo), crystal flatbacks or chains, shimmer eyeshadow, a paintbrush, an Xacto knife, clear gloss glaze (find this at craft stores, by the paint), and fine glitter. If making this into a chain necklace like I did, you’ll need chain, 6mm jump rings, a lobster clasp, an eyepin, roundnose pliers and wire cutters.

DIY Mermaid Tail by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 2: Shape two small spheres of clay into mermaid fins. Try to keep them as even as possible! Keep the clay’s thickness a little less than 1/4″.

DIY Magic Mermaid Tails by Quiet Lion Creations

 

Step 3: With one more sphere of clay, taper the ends and place in-between the fins. Smooth any edges at the junction of the tail and fin, so that they become one piece.

DIY Magic Mermaid Tails by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 4: Use a small linoleum cutter (with rounded edge) or an Xacto knife to create scallops in the tail.

DIY Magic Mermaid Tails by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 6: Continue the scales up the tail.

DIY Magic Mermaid Tails by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 7: Press gems into the clay – this secures them better, creating indents where they will sit. Use glass crystals, so they can bake with the clay.

DIY Magic Mermaid Tails by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 8: Brush on a layer of eyeshadow and glitter to the tail. Rub in gently, adhering it to the surface. Yes, do this prior to baking!

Create a hole through the top of the tail with a sewing needle. Leave this needle in while baking.

Bake in a toaster oven at approx. 125 degrees for 30 minutes or so.

DIY Magic Mermaid Tails by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 9: Let the tail fully cool. Coat with clear gloss glaze, and add more glitter if desired. If any gems are a bit loose (meaning they didn’t fully embed in the clay, pry them out and re-inforce with GemTac. Let dry.

DIY Magic Mermaid Tails by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 10: Thread an eye pin through the top hole. Connect to two equal pieces of chain, and then add a lobster clasp and jump rings to the end of the chains.

Give your sunnies some love with a good dose of sparkle – courtesy a DIY sunglasses chain! Mix colors, textures and bead styles to create everything from a classically glam look to a bright boho statement.

I created this easily with eyepins and beads/connectors, then attached those to a bit of chain – add sunglasses holders on each end to finish the strand.

To get the full tutorial along with step-by-step photos, head on over to my CraftPaperScissors tutorial here – this is a great beginner tutorial!

Create one or many – to match every outfit, perhaps? I love the functionality of these, especially because I always drop my sunnies (which has been the death of a few of them, cracked lenses and arms).

Have fun crafting!

bleach lookbook - rock chic style by Quiet Lion Creations

bleach lookbook - rock chic style by Quiet Lion Creations

PHOTOGRAPHY/JEWELRY/ROCK TEES: QUIET LION CREATIONS

MODELS:  KARLEE DEWAN, FLAVIO AGUIRRE

A bit of bleach, sprinking of sparkling Swarovski crystals and several safety pins totally transform these thrift store tees and tank into statement shirts. The flashier the better, an homage to the rock band gods of the 70’s and 90’s. Just like a power chord, grunge and glam strike a perfect match.
Thanks to the slightly dreary day, grey tones offset that amped-up sparkle and shine. Sometimes, a great shoot location is literally right at the end of the road – a slightly crumbling road, that is.
Pairing said shirts with a silky or mesh wrap (courtesy Generation Bliss boutique), layers of mixed media jewelry and a badass attitude hits all the right notes. Guys – take inspo from Flavio below – bandana accessories are a MUST for summer (read more about how I made them  – and follow to make your own – here!). Don’t be afraid to rock out in crystal accessories – I give you total permission to.
Tutorials on those shirts coming – I’ve got a few more to make, so I’ll put together either a vid or full DIY post.
 Special thanks to my model baes Kar and Flav who’ve got my back when in Chi town.
⟡⟡⟡And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all.⟡⟡⟡

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Handmade jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Bleach - Nirvana style fashion lookbook by Quiet Lion Creations

punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Bleach - Nirvana style fashion lookbook by Quiet Lion Creations

Bleach - Nirvana style fashion lookbook by Quiet Lion Creations

Bleach - Nirvana style fashion lookbook by Quiet Lion Creations

Bleach - Rock n Roll style lookbook by Quiet Lion Creations

Bleach - Nirvana style fashion lookbook by Quiet Lion Creations

Bleach - Nirvana style fashion lookbook by Quiet Lion Creations

Bleach - Nirvana style fashion lookbook by Quiet Lion Creations

Seafoam Coachella-inspired Handmade Headbands by Quiet Lion Creations

DIY Coachella headband accessories by Quiet Lion Creations

Mermaid hues of seafoam green, coral orange and cerulean blue mix and mingle in these handmade DIY bandana accessories. Much like my Crystal Hippie Headwrap, gemstones, crystals, accents and more come together for a bohemian bunch of goodness.

Wear these as stylish headwraps, or even as statement chokers. To make some of your own, grab bandanas at any thrift store (I found a bunch in different colors – the coral one above is actually a red one I bleached) and cut in half so they’re a bit thinner. I folded them lengthwise a few times, making sure the thickness was about 2 to 2.5″ or so (the folds will determine thickness of the band). To get that rustic “worn out” look – better seen in the white bandana below – use a metal file or sandpaper to gently distress the fabric. The thinner the bandana, the easier it is to distress.

Simply sew or glue on embellishments (sew through the entire band, not just the top fold of fabric) until your desired look is achieved. For more info, you can follow my older head wrap tutorial here – skip the first couple of steps because you’ll be using a bandana.

These pieces can get quite heavy if you’re like me and need to ADD ALL THE CRYSTALS!!! – keep it simple with a few flatbacks or cabochons if you’re looking for a lightweight piece.

Break these out for any beach vacation you might be taking this summer. Or, simply wear whilst running errands (like I do) to say the grocery store, Target, the bank, etc, because well why not?

Seafoam Coachella-inspired Handmade Headbands by Quiet Lion Creations

Seafoam Coachella-inspired Handmade Headbands by Quiet Lion Creations

Seafoam Coachella-inspired Handmade Headbands by Quiet Lion Creations

Seafoam Coachella-inspired Handmade Headbands by Quiet Lion Creations

Seafoam Coachella-inspired Handmade Headbands by Quiet Lion Creations

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Goth fashion inspo by Quiet Lion Creations. Photo by Delane Ashley Photography

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PHOTOGRAPHY: DELANE ASHLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

JEWELRY:  QUIET LION CREATIONS

Double, double toil and trouble – just kidding, no real spells here, except for the enchanting gleams of shimmering sequins, Swarovski crystals and silvery accessories.  I would dress in this manner everyday if I could, but my morning laziness demands me to resort to more causal outfits for the workday.
My Pretty in Paradise necklace complimented this rather raggedy backdrop, offering the sophistication of silky pearls and faceted crystals. This piece was also featured in the Leading Ladies Luncheon 2017 (post here) as part of boutique Generation Bliss’ segment.
And the bag? Grab it here – I decorated it with crystal flatbacks for more mystic magick — use GemTac glue (for me, it works the best – E6000 is a bit too tacky) to add the sparkles, and let it dry overnight.
Grab your coven and get crafting! ✖‿✖

Goth fashion inspo by Quiet Lion Creations. Photo by Delane Ashley Photography

Goth fashion inspo by Quiet Lion Creations. Photo by Delane Ashley Photography

Goth fashion inspo by Quiet Lion Creations. Photo by Delane Ashley Photography

Goth fashion inspo by Quiet Lion Creations. Photo by Delane Ashley Photography

Goth fashion inspo by Quiet Lion Creations. Photo by Delane Ashley Photography

Goth fashion inspo by Quiet Lion Creations. Photo by Delane Ashley Photography

Goth fashion inspo by Quiet Lion Creations. Photo by Delane Ashley Photography