DIY Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

Summer Lookbook Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

Part dark fairytale, part tangled mess, my newest piece’s grungy opulence make it great for pairing with any outfit. I’m obsessedddd with anything mixed metal, and chain scraps I had laying around provided the perfect base for the fringe details. Gunmetal, silver and antique gold?? Why not?

As usual, safety pins star here as both handy dandy crystal holders and edgy detailing. Why use jump rings when you can edge it up with pins?

For a very quick and simple way to create your own piece like this, follow below….

  1. Cut two lengths of antique gold cable chain, one about 18″ and one about 20″-22″ or so.
  2. Cut many lengths of 2.5″-5″ chain, attaching each piece to a link on the cable chains you cut last step. I did gunmetal chain on the longer length, and silver on the shorter.
  3. Connect the ends of the 18″ and 22″ chains together with a jumpring, adding a clasp and an extender….
  4. Create bead links from 4 large crystals (use different shapes for an eclectic look).
  5. Use  jump rings and safety pins to connect them to the shorter 18″ chain. You can also dangle more antique gold chain from these rings and safety pins. You can even add small bicones to the pins themselves, or dangle charms. That part’s up to you!

If you’re feeling adventurous, wear as a long necklace (the clasp becomes somewhat hidden in the fringe) for a different look. It was also only fitting for this shoot to include some sort of smoky ambiance and scents from Tokyomilk.

With Halloween coming up, get ready for a shift of focus – more spooky, slightly creepy-chic and autumn-themed tuts on their way!

DIY Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

DIY Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

DIY Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

DIY Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

DIY Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

DIY Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

DIY Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

DIY Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

DIY Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

DIY Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations


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Don’t steal them, it’s bad karma ☺.

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Summer Lookbook Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

Chain links, chunky crystals, Bowie-inspired leggings, night sky hues and plenty of ☆ stardust ☆…. Disco-esque tones in dusk bring an almost futuristic shimmer to this concrete overpass.

Speaking of Disco, metal mesh makes a great 70’s style-choker (I simply cut a piece and added clasps to the end. Copy me, if you’d like!) And if you’re feeling extra, make yourself these spike shoes too (mini-tutorial here) and stunt on ’em. If you want to be extra af, finish with glitter hair gel (I mixed glitter into aloe, recipe via my crafty friend MhmThatGirl)…..

Lobster claws are seeing a resurgence, but as a modern, chic focal….take my bracelet quite a few photos down. It’s literally the EASIEST thing to add large lobsters on the end of a piece of chain (measure your wrist) and clasp –  instant industrial-glam. Layer this up with other DIY bracelet wraps or crystal stretch bands (I’ve got a tutorial here). You simply cannot go wrong.

Cracked concrete is always a recurring theme for me, quite possibly a favorite texture, adding the right amount of neutral grunge. A fenced overpass acts as somewhat of a cage, but we free spirits are not ones to be caged. We can see all sides, think outside the box, through the box really, because the box only exists to those that believe in it.

BTW, catch me along w/fellow Chicago blogger Ela of Generation Bliss at NYFW this weekend! Where are our other Chi-town bloggers at?!

All accessories DIY by me. Leggings from Topshop.

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Fashion Photoshoot by Quiet Lion Creations, quietlioncreations.com
Fashion Photoshoot by Quiet Lion Creations, quietlioncreations.com


Fashion Photoshoot by Quiet Lion Creations, quietlioncreations.com
Fashion Photoshoot by Quiet Lion Creations, quietlioncreations.com
Fashion Photoshoot by Quiet Lion Creations, quietlioncreations.com


All photos copyright Quiet Lion Creations. Email me at info@quietlioncreations.com for permission to use or re-post.
Don’t steal them, it’s bad karma ☺.

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The start of September means HALLOWEEN SEASON is here yasssssssss……. Those who love the holiday start celebrating early, and with the official release of this year’s Starbucks PSL, it means game on. So, it’s only fitting that my next bout of tutorials include skulls and other Halloween icons.

For this DIY skull succulent, I simply take a glass vase (find them at Michaels) and fill with a bit of silvery confetti streamers, then place in a mini succulent. A bit of spooky-chic realness for home, dorm or office.

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This sugar skull dish was also from Michaels – they hooked it up this year, no? (Little lotus necklace and garnet tassel necklace by me, earrings not!) What’s great about succulents is that they are pretty low-maintenance, and don’t need a lot of watering. My suggestion is that when you go to water it, take it out of the skull, and let the water completely drain out before replacing. This way, you won’t get water pooling in the glass.

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You can place your skull right on a windowsill or other bright area – they love sun (unlike me). Give him some friends by placing with other cacti or succulents, either in more skulls or the traditional terra cotta pots.

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Step 1: Gather materials. You’ll need a small succulent or cactus (in its small plastic pot), a large skull vase (I got this one at Michaels for just $5! You can get some great Halloween decor at any craft store or Home Goods), silver streamers/filler (again, you can find this in different colors at any craft store) and scissors.

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Step 2: Take your succulent out of its pot carefully! Measure how far it sits over the top of the skull…..

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And cut the excess of the pot off.

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Step 3: Place the succulent back in the pot. I lined the bottom of the pot with a few wood chips so that the dirt wouldn’t fall out….. You may have to remove some of the dirt to be able to fit the plant in this smaller pot.

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Step 4: Place a handful of streamers into the bottom of the skull…

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…and then place the pot in. Continue carefully adding streamers down around the sides of the pot to camouflage it inside the skull. I used a knife to help press the streamers down around the sides.

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Very simple, no? These would also make great centerpieces for any Halloween-themed party (maybe use black streamers or other types of filler? Place in all different size skull vases?)  but even look dope year-round. Great for college dorms or small spaces.

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diy skull succulent quiet lion creations, quietlioncreations.com

DIY Skull Succulent, DIY Skull Succulent

All photos copyright Quiet Lion Creations. Email me at info@quietlioncreations.com for permission to use or re-post.
Don’t steal them, it’s bad karma ☺.

Summer Lookbook Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

Blues, teals, grey and silver sparkles star in my latest collection. I mean, you can’t go wrong when mixing chunky chains with crystals of all sizes – it’s become my go-to match lately.

A variation on my DIY Stardust Sparkler necklace is featured here – but includes bugle beads and crystals. I layered a silvery grey over a black one for maximum sparkle – if that’s your style! Check out the tutorial here to make your own!

Lobster clasps have been making a surprising uptrend in jewelry, but as focals instead of the usual hidden closures. Hence my pave lobster choker above, complete with a Swarovski spike. To make it yourself, cut a piece of chunky chain that’s 2″ longer than choker length (measure your neck). Simply attach the Swarovski spike to one end with a large jumpring. Attach a pave lobster claw (you can get great ones on Etsy) to the other end. To wear, simply clip the claw in the chain, letting the spike dangle.

That lovely pave crystal drop pendant was a gift from a co-worker – I simply added it to chain along with a few matching pave beads for a simple drop necklace. Try it yourself, maybe mixing it up with an agate pendant and gemstone beads for an earthy look.

For the Swarovski Edelweiss necklace, I used a hammered link as an open frame for the pendant. Intertwine a strand of gemstone chips (here, labradorite! Labradorite is emerging as a top-trending gemstone for the next season. It’s been all over at shows like MAGIC Vegas and Accessories NY) into oval chain for added texture.

Ok, I admit I’m lazy sometimes – I usually finish off anything with a good ‘ole stack of stretch bracelets. But by mixing gemstones with pave beads, chains, crystals and more, your stack doesn’t have to be boring. Plus, they come together in minutes and are easy to wear 🙂

However, we can’t go on without talking about my DIY crystal spike boots (a couple images down). You need to make ’em pronto!!! If you’ve got any boots that have sort of seen their day (the black faux leather was coming off the heels) — reinvent them! I peeled off the black leather to reveal the smooth surface underneath. I spray painted the heels silver (to match the crystals and spikes – this step is key! It makes the crystals blend in, so if you have small spaces between the crystals, those spaces disappear and don’t distract). Use E6000 or GemTac to glue on small crystal flatbacks and/or studs and spikes to the heels. Use a good amount of glue – you want ’em sturdy, so you can walk around without losing any sparkle! I wore these for a few days at MAGIC in Vegas, and I lost a few stones (plus got blisters on my feet, should have picked more comfy shoes) but was able to re-glue said stones. Don’t run marathons in these shoes, ppl!

If you try any of these techniques, let me know in the comments! Happy crafting!

Summer Lookbook Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

Welcome to the…..concrete jungle. Complete with quite the contrast of glittering crystals, illusion jewelry (more on this later) and a bit of velvet, it’s the perfect rocker-chic combination.

DIY-ing thrift store tees is a MUST for you crafters – simply pick up band or graphic tees at the Goodwill (usually a couple bucks!) and bleach-dye. Distress with a razor or Xacto. Embellish with crystal hot fix rhinestones, chain, safety pins etc – the look is up to you. Seriously, these upcycled tees sell for upwards of $100 in boutiques, and they aren’t nearly this decorated – design these yourself for bragging (and sparkling!) rights.

The illusion choker below was made by gluing crystal flatbacks to mesh fabric. I cut a strip and used small dots of GemTac to adhere the crystals. Do this on a flat surface (I used my countertops, oh well) and the glue seeps through a bit. But if it’s GemTac, you can easily wipe away after dry. If you are a normal person and don’t want to destroy your house with crafts, set down plastic wrap or a plastic cutting board to protect your surface. Add ribbon ends and clasps to the ends. The chokers stretch a bit, because of the fabric. Make it a bit shorter than needed and add an extender chain. You do want these to be a bit tight! They’re comfortable and flexible, so you won’t ACTUALLY choke yourself, which is good.

Stack on them bracelets – add a hand chain, as those are always necessary.

All accessories by me, excluding ring (that’s from Generation Bliss Boutique!).

Comment below if you DIY a tee- let me know how it goes!!

<ps. just deal with the creeper van in the background……>

Summer Lookbook Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

Summer Lookbook Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

COLLAB POST FEATURING

MODEL:  Nikoletta

WARDROBE: GENERATION BLISS BOUTIQUE

JEWELRY/PHOTOGRAPHY:  QUIET LION CREATIONS

The free-spirited flow of silken fabric matches an easy, breezy summertime afternoon…….and while yellow isn’t really my go-to color, it’s the perfect marigold hue for this mood.

Mixing recycled fabric with coins, crystals, wooden beads and chain provides mixed-media artsy goodness, allowing the pieces to be mixed and matched for an eclectic look.

I found that little longhorn below at the flea market – after a nice spray of black lacquer and a gluing of Swarovski crystals, it’s a great centerpiece for that dreamcatcher. If you’re ever looking for weird trinkets to use in craft projects, I suggest flea markets. Honestly, you really never know what you can find! (Post on an Egyptian cat statue coming soon…..)

And as if we haven’t seen them enough this season, the embellished bandana is quite possibly the hottest thing to come out of Coachella. I’m aboard this trend – I add safety pins, chain and crystals to mine for a bit on an edgy vibe, of course.

Summer Lookbook Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations
Summer Lookbook Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations
Summer Lookbook Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations
Summer Lookbook Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

diy corset choker

diy corset choker

Chokers are by far the trendiest accessory of the season. Lacing and corset detailing is also presently a huge fashion element, seen at many design houses during 2018-19 shows. Why not combine the two to create an edgy-chic laced piece?!

Use faux leather and spike charms to keep the look modern – use patterned leather for a fun look, or go with a nice basic brown or black. Either way, these easy-to-make chokers are a definite necessity in your wardrobe! Follow my YT video below!!!

DIY Coachella headband accessories by Quiet Lion Creations

COLLAB POST FEATURING

MODEL: @MISCHABLOOM

JEWELRY/PHOTOGRAPHY:  QUIET LION CREATIONS

A summery mix of shimmering crystals, rainbow sherbet colors, a little skate park grunge and silhouette sunsets combine to create my latest collab shoot. Featuring a couple of my latest statement necklaces, in styles ranging from boho-chic to eloquently elegant, we wanted to cover all themes for this lookbook. Currently working on full tutorial versions of these 3 necklaces – check back soon and I’ll (hopefully) have those uploaded!

If you know me, I always enjoy darker colors and a bit of a “goth-y” vibe – my trusty model Mischa prefers brighter colors. A mix of grungy plaid, hoplite skull beads and spikes provides the edgier aesthetic, while summer sorbet colors keep the look fresh and fun. A great compromise! Enjoy our pics below!








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!