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DIY: Make bold jewelry from your summer travels

July 18, 2014 at 10:01 AM ET

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Imagine turning the stones and sea shells you've been collecting all summer or the extra coins in your pocket into stylish jewelry. Now you can: DIY expert Erica Domesek. of P.S.- I made this shares unique ways to re-purpose your travels this season:

Video: Erica Domesek from “P.S.-I made this…” demonstrates four ways you can make jewelry at home.


Coin charm necklace

Ingredients:

  • Chain
  • Key covers
  • Toggle clasp
  • Coins
  • Pliers

Steps:

1. Attach it: open a jump ring and attach it to the key cover.

2. Chain it: cut chain to desired length then attach key covers.

3. Clasp it: attach a toggle clasp to both ends with pliers.

4. Coin it: insert coins into each key cover for a charming final touch.

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Embroidered patch necklace

Ingredients:

  • P.S. x Indego Africa Patches
  • Beads
  • Headpins
  • Clasp
  • Jump rings
  • Awl
  • Pliers
  • Chain

Steps:

1. Bead it: Place gold and wooden beads onto a headpin.

2. Bend it: Use jewelry pliers to bend the end of the headpin into a circle then coil the rest around the base of the circle.

3. Connect it: Loop a jump ring onto the wire circle and connect it to the chain. Convert the chain into a necklace by adding a clasp to one end and a jump ring to the other.

4. Pierce n' attach it: Pierce the tops of the P.S. x Indego Africa patches with an awl and link jump rings through the hole to attach it to the necklace.

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Keepsake cuff

Ingredients:

  • Cuff
  • Seashell
  • Wire
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Steps:

1. Glue it: Squeeze a dollop of hot glue onto the backside of your seashell; press and hold it against the center of the cuff for a few seconds. 

2. Wrap it: Wrap gold wire around both the agate and cuff to secure it in place (P.S- this also adds an extra flare to your new arm candy, so don’t be afraid to wrap more than necessary). 

3. Snip it: Snip off the wire end with scissors.

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Neon bib necklace

Ingredients:

  • Chain
  • Key covers
  • Jump rings
  • Pliers

Steps:

1. Design it: layout a design with the colorful key identifiers.

2. Connect it: secure the key cover by attaching jump rings between each.

3. Attach it: use pliers to add jump rings and a chain to the ends; attach a clasp to finish off.

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Gemstone / seed packet earrings

Ingredients:

  • Magazine cut outs or floralseed packet
  • Glue gun
  • Glue stick
  • Ribbon or leather
  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Mod podge
  • Foam brush
  • Earring wires
  • Leather puncher or awl

Steps:

1. Cut it: cut out your gem or flower with scissors.

2. Glue it: use a glue stick to tack on your design gently to a piece of card stock. 

3. Seal it: with a foam brush, coat the entire design with a few thin layers of mod podge; cut out the design with scissors.

4. Attach it: use hot glue to adhere the design to a piece of ribbon or leather. Leave a 1/4" border and cut around it.

5. Pierce n' link it: use an awl or leather puncher to pierce a hole at the top of the design and loop on an earring wire.

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