Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Vintage Earring Redux -I-

vintage earring recycling tutorial by Quiet Lion Creations. photo copyright Allison Beth Cooling.

I love me some vintage jewelry.

vintage earring recycling tutorial by Quiet Lion Creations. photo copyright Allison Beth Cooling.

Especially the kind that's been loved a little too much - i.e. paint chipping, rhinestones missing, broken chain. It gives me creative freedom to rescue these pieces, just like on the show American Pickers.  Except I'm like an American Jewelry Picker. I like to dig through piles of forgotten treasures at yard sales and flea markets and re-imagine pieces in a new light.

luxury earring tutorial by Quiet Lion Creations. photo copyright Allison Beth Cooling.

These earrings, however, came from my Grandma's closet. I was given them to "do with what I wanted", and I obviously had to glam them up just a bit! Using a bit of sparkly nail polish and Swarovski flat backs gave these vintage gems a whole new look. Doesn't a bit of Swarovski just fix everything?!

earring recycling tutorial by Quiet Lion Creations. photo copyright Allison Beth Cooling.

As you know, I love anything that has a story. Vintage jewelry (or anything vintage really) is a passion of mine. In a lot of tutorials, you'll see me using chandelier crystal taken from a broken 1930s lamp. I reuse these as beads and pendants to have the "spirit" of the lamp move on!

vintage earring recycling tutorial by Quiet Lion Creations. photo copyright Allison Beth Cooling.

This tutorial really allows for customization on your earrings. Look below!

vintage earring redux tutorial by Quiet Lion Creations. photo copyright Allison Beth Cooling.

Step 1: Gather materials. You will need vintage earrings, nail polish, super glue or E6000 glue, Swarovski rhinestones and nail polish remover, just to be safe.

vintage earring recycling tutorial by Quiet Lion Creations. photo copyright Allison Beth Cooling.

Step 2: Paint sections of the filigree with nail polish. I only chose to paint some, to keep a vintage look. Glue on rhinestones with the E6000 glue or super glue.
  vintage earring recycling tutorial by Quiet Lion Creations. photo copyright Allison Beth Cooling.

Step 3: Keep adding gems until you reach the desired look. On the silver earrings, I used Super Glue - it's not necessarily recommended, because Super Glue leaves a white haze on the gems upon drying. But, you can easily remove this haze. Simply use a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover to wipe the top of the crystal, completely dissolving the white haze and leaving your rhinestone sparkly as new!

vintage earring recycling tutorial by Quiet Lion Creations. photo copyright Allison Beth Cooling.

Feel free to adorn as much or as little as you want. Let the design of the piece inspire you!

vintage earring recycling tutorial by Quiet Lion Creations. photo copyright Allison Beth Cooling.

You could also use this technique on pendants and such.
vintage earring recycling tutorial by Quiet Lion Creations. photo copyright Allison Beth Cooling.

I like the mix of colors and textures. I almost always use nail polish as a quick fix to add a lacquer-like finish to metals and such. It's a cheap alternative to enameling.

vintage earring recycling tutorial by Quiet Lion Creations. photo copyright Allison Beth Cooling.

These would totally be a retro-glam accent to any outfit. Don't you agree?! If you follow this tutorial, post your final product to Instagram and tag me @quietlioncreations. I'll repost you!

vintage earring recycling tutorial by Quiet Lion Creations. photo copyright Allison Beth Cooling.

All photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling. Do not post or reuse without crediting me and linking to me!
vintage earring recycling tutorial by Quiet Lion Creations. photo copyright Allison Beth Cooling.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Swarovski Innovations 2016 -I-




So you all know I love me some Swarovski. And there's definitely a lot to love in their Innovations Spring/Summer 2016 line. Courtesy Cousin Corporation, I was sent a sample-sized collection of Swarovski crystal goodness to preview. I feel like they went totally bohemian with this collection, and I'm not complaining. Taken straight from the Swarovski website:

"Swarovski, the global leader in cut crystal and fashion jewelry, introduces its dazzling new loose crystal assortment of cuts, colors, effects and line extensions for Spring/Summer 2016. Inspired by the season’s inspiration, ‘Between Heaven and Earth’."

Their new Buddha Fancy Stone, Hand of Fatima Fancy Stone, Pure Drop Pendant and Greek Cross Pendant are some of my favorites. Plus, I'm really feeling topaz this season. I never have really used "yellow" or topaz-hued beads in my designs before, so I think it's time to try. Be on the lookout for new tutorials and creations with these components!

Photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling. Do not post/reuse without crediting me!


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

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Friday, June 26, 2015

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

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DOG DAYS 2nd Season -o-



Official Site :
Released date : 07-07-2012
dog days
Three months after his adventure in Flonyard, Cinque gets summoned back to Flonyard once again, this time with childhood friend Rebecca and cousin Nanami, who is summoned as Galette's Hero. The First Princess of the Principality of Pastillage, Couver, leads her faction into the battlefield as well.


--ARMY OF SQUIRREL--
dog days CouverE.(Eschenbach) Pastillage
Couver E. (Eschenbach) Pastillage
The First Princess of Pastillage. She is still in-training as the next ruler of Pastillage. She has deep friendly relations with Millhiore and Leonmitchelle. People that she is friendly with address her by "Lady Cou". Despite being free-spirited and mischievous, she is recognized for her talent in the judging people. She possesses the Heavenly Spear "Coumars", despite it being a gun. It is said that in Pastillage, people call guns "spears". Couver uses it as a one-handed Crystaltech Gun.
DogDays Caraway Risler
Caraway Risler
A knight of the Order of the Crystaltech Knights, as well as Captain of the Order of the Eschenbach Knights. He has a very serious attitude, and works very hard to ensure what Couver does ends up to be for the better, as her aide
Dog
Liscia Enrobéz
A knight of the Order of the Crystaltech Knights, as well as Captain of the Order of the Flytech Knights. Supports in Pastillage's battles as a skillful Flying Knight.

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Sword Art Online Anime’s Opening by LiSA -o-

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LiSA will be performing the opening theme song “crossing field” for Sword Art Online anime. The lyrics and the music are all done by Sho Watanabe. It will be released on August 8 as a single CD with the song by Aniplex.

Translated By Kader 

English Lyrics Translation

Admitting my cowardly past
Not knowing what's going on
The me that was scared in the past 
Reflects reality in the present

It has drawn out a great number of skies
This place that surely aim's for
A fleeting heart

In my dream
I soared
No matter how much anxiety my body bears, I'll shake it off
The small sleeping feelings of mine
I realize I'm weak, and that you being there
Will give me strength in this dark world. 

This heart that's seeing a long dream, yeah, will last forever

I wanna always stay with you
I give you everything I have


Japanese/Romaji Lyrics

認めてた 臆病な過去
Mitometeta okubyou na kako
わからないままに
Wakaranai mama ni
怖がってた後ろの自分が現実を
Kowagatteta ushiro no jibun ga genjitsu wo
今に映す
Ima ni utsusu

いくつもの空を描いた
Ikutsu mono sora wo egaita
ここはきっと儚い心
Koko wa kitto hanai kokoro
目指して
Mezashite

夢で
Yume de
高く飛んだTakaku tonda
体はどんな不安まとっても振り払ってく
Karada wa donna fuan matottemo furiharatteku
眠る小さな思い
Nemuru chiisana omoi
広がりだして 気づく 弱い 私
Hirogaridashite kidzuku yowai watashi
君がいれば 暗い世界
Kimi ga ireba kurai sekai
強くいれた
Tsuyoku ireta

長い夢見る心は そう 永遠で
Nagai yumemiru kokoro wa sou eien de

I wanna always stay with you
I give you everything I have


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sparkle Shells Anklet -I-



My recent trip to Florida as part of the 2015 Cousin Corporation Ambassador Retreat totally inspired me to create my latest tutorial - my Sparkle Shells Anklet! If you read my last post, you'll see why I decided to make this beachy-glam accessory; the shells I used were the ones I picked while walking up and down the sandy shores of North Redington!



It was great these shells already had holes in them, which made it super easy to create jewelry from. Instead of using the shells in their natural form, I decided to gild them in gold for this piece. And, if that wasn't enough shine, rimming them with aqua crystal flat backs completes the totally luxe look.



After that, it's simple stringing to create the finished look. All of the beads, findings and stringing materials are Cousin brand, of course. This is a perfect summer accessory to wear on the beach, out to dinner, out shopping, anywhere, really. Bring the fun of the ocean everywhere you go!



Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are round nose pliers (and wire cutters), gold 4mm closed jump rings, gold crimps, crystals (I used 10mm Cousin Aqua faceted mirror beads and 6mm Cousin green faceted mirror beads), shells, Cousin .45mm gold beading wire, Cousin M'bellish crystal aqua flat backs, Cousin 26g gold wire (not shown, I used wire scraps from other projects!) and E6000 glue (or superglue if gluing on the INSIDE of the shells). If you want to gild your shells with gold, you will also need gold spray paint.



Step 2: Lightly spray and cover your shells with spray paint and let dry. Then create wrapped loop charms out of them with the gold 26g wire. I made 5 charms total.



Step 3: With your E6000 glue, rim the edges of the shell and then press in your flat backs. This tackier glue is better for gluing on the outside of shells - if you wanted to glue on the inside, you can use superglue (this might create a white haze, but rub off with nailpolish remover to fix).
I rimmed all five of my shells with the crystals.



Step 4: With a piece of beading wire 1.5 times your desired anklet length, slide on a crimp, jumpring, then back through the crimp. Flatten to secure. Then, alternating crystals, bead on your faceted rounds (I used closed gold jump rings as spacers, to bring out the gold color) and shells until your desired length and pattern is reached. Finish by adding a crimp, jumpring, then thread back through the crimp. Flatten to secure, and add a lobster clasp to close.

  

I obviously stuck with a green and blue scheme here, to mimic the colors of the ocean waves. Pick any color story you like!



If you have extra shells, make matching earrings or even a pendant necklace. This is where you could glue rhinestones to the inside of the shell, creating a glasslike surface. This works better for single pendants because the sparkle factor is super intense!



Whatever you choose to do, happy crafting! If you follow this tutorial, be sure to post your final project to Instagram and tag me @quietlioncreations. I'll repost you!

All photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling. Do not post or reuse without crediting and linking to me!