empire state diy necklace by Quiet Lion Creations

With the flair and glam factor of a 20’s-era gala, my Empire necklace is a great statement piece for all crafters to make! Inspired by anything and everything Gatsby 💯, I took creative license here to create a bit of an edgy spin with the skull and spike – if your style’s not as dark, feel free to change up the components to match your mood.

Its all about frosted crystals right now – they’ve become one of my favorite textures to use. The slightly opaque finish contrasts against the usual metallic-coated or high-shine beads and just adds a total sophistication to your piece. You can find most of these crystals on Etsy, I don’t really see much at the major craft stores, as this finish is more unusual.

To make the necklace:

  1. Start by cutting chain – you’ll need about 4.5″ pieces, approx. 16 of them. I used gold larger link cable chain…..Cut an 18″ of large link flattened curb chain for the base of the necklace.
  2. You’ll need 17 8mm round faceted crystals, 17 faceted rondelles, and 18 6mm faceted rondelles. If you’re into the edgy look, you’ll also need one Swarovski crystal skull, one large spike pendant and one large teardrop faceted crystal bead. Change up those three components based on the style of necklace you’re creating.
  3. Create bead links from the rondelles and faceted rounds and eye pins – connect a 6mm rondelle link to an 8mm rondelle link, then the faceted round. Repeat 15 more times until you have 16 total beaded links.
  4. At the bottom of each faceted round, loop in the middle link of the 4.5″ chain to create a fringy look – repeat to finish off each beaded link.
  5. For the central, focal drop, connect a 6mm rondelle to an 8mm rondelle. Then, create a bead link from the skull and add. Create a link from the last 6mm rondelle, and add it to the last faceted round link. Now, add your large teardrop and spike.
  6. Use 6mm jump rings to connect that largest focal drop to the very center link of the 18″ piece of curb chain.
  7. Connect 8 beaded drops on either side of the focal, connecting each to the next link of the 18″ curb chain.
  8. To finish, simply add a lobster and extender chain to the ends of the curb chain.

If you’ve got a few more supplies left and straggler beads, make matching earrings and a bracelet! I created mine from more beaded links and chain drops……mix it up, depending on what types of extras you’ve got!

 

empire state diy necklace by Quiet Lion Creations
empire state diy necklace by Quiet Lion Creationsempire state diy necklace by Quiet Lion Creations
empire state diy necklace by Quiet Lion Creations
empire state diy necklace


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diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

For all my record enthusiasts out there, or really anyone who loves stylish home decor, this DIY crystallized album cover is THE statement piece you need in your apartment, your dorm or house – NOW. I simply took the cover and accented it with crystal flatbacks for serious sparkle – I chose Madonna for obvious reasons, but feel free to choose any album or band you like!

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Display as is on a shelf or tabletop, or you can also frame it for hanging on the wall itself. If you do frame, make sure whatever you glue onto the cover doesn’t have too much depth – I used a crystal star accent for her earring, and I don’t think this would fit flat in a frame.

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Let’s get started!

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 1

Gather materials. You’ll need an album cover (I got mine from St. Pete Records) choose one with a great design, or one with your favorite band!  You’ll also need a variety of crystal flatbacks (find some packs on Amazon here), a crystal glue pen (you can get this at Michaels craft stores, by the Swarovski stones), and a wax stick or Crystal Katana tool for picking up the stones (find it on Amazon here). I also used a larger crystal accent and rhinestone cup chain for her earring.

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 2

Start adding small glue dots to select areas in the album cover. I definitely wanted to add shine to her lips, hat, and text. Depending on your cover, you might want to add a little or a lot of sparkle – take in to account how many flatbacks you have BEFORE you start gluing, so you don’t run out at the end! The crystal glue pen makes it super easy to add little dots of glue. Especially for the small crystals, you don’t want large areas of glue – it pools up too much.

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Use the wax stick to place crystals on the glue dots. Use a mix of crystal sizes to fill in small gaps. It always helps to use crystals that match the background color of where you are applying them – the look is more seamless and realistic.

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 3

Continue filling in areas with crystal flatbacks….. There will be some areas where it’s just too small to add crystals (I couldn’t really add them to the “Isla” font), which is ok. Pick a few accent spots to highlight!

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Again, this is where color matching is key – it helps hide small gaps where crystals won’t really fit (top of the “A”), so the look is definitely more seamless.

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 4

Finish off by adding any larger accents at the end. I used a small charm and crystal flatback for her earring. I then cut two small lengths of rhinestone cup chain and glued them below the charm. Depending on how large your accents are, you might want to use E6000 glue for a stronger hold.

Let everything FULLY dry before displaying!

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Don’t worry, the record is still fully playable. I was really tempted to add black crystals to the plastic, but stopped short – that probably would have been somewhat sacrilegious!

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

My next DIY piece will hopefully be Journey’s Captured album (seriously dope graphic), or Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. What album will you DIY?! Let me know in the comments!

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations


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DIY Tee shirt by Quiet Lion

Part biker gang, part Top Gun, this look is all about grunge glam. The obligatory wing pic just couldn’t be passed up, no matter how basic (sorry guys)….. but anyway, this Triumph shirt was scored at a thrift store, making it perfect for upcycling. Clearly, I had to layer mine over a long sleeve top, considering the negative-degree windchill in Chicago’s winter. Howeverrrrrr, these tees are perfect for upcoming spring and Coachella season (who else is already thinking about music festivals?!) It’s not like I go to any festivals, or really listen to music – but the trends from the season are always ones to watch.

I started out by dip-dyeing it by submerging the bottom half in a bowl with half bleach, half water. It helps to fully wet the shirt before dip-dyeing, so that the bleach gently seeps up the fabric for a more muted and softer color transition. Check the color frequently, each shirt will dye differently depending on the fabric- when it’s reached the desired lightness, rinse the entire shirt and wash/dry.

Use an Xacto knife and metal file to distress the shirt- cut small <SMALL> holes with the Xacto knife and file them to roughen up the fabric- you can always cut the hole a bit bigger, but can’t go back if you’ve entirely sliced the whole shirt. This may have happened to me once…or twice…

I usually like to add a bit of distressing to the collar too, it gives the shirts a cool vibe. Be gentle on the collar- a few small slices will do. Well, unless you are going for a more intense worn-out look. Then slice away.

Finally, the last but my most favorite step, adding the crystals……simply use glass crystal hot fix flatbacks (there’s no surprise my favorites are Swarovski —you can grab these hot fix stones on Amazon–) and iron on for a permanent hold. Depending on the logo of your shirt, you might want to totally fill it or add selective sparkle. Get creative with this part!

I’d suggest you always hand wash these shirts – and hang dry.

Fly on, you little wings!

<photos by Mom>

DIY Tee shirt by Quiet Lion

DIY Tee shirt by Quiet Lion


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