FINNISHED! / DIY inspiration
With my friend Mari we collaborated some new items to the RokRokInc. Jewelry line.
First of all, check out the cool boho and shamanism inspired earrings and necklaces made out of reindeer horns that Mari brought with her from the northern Finland (from where we both are from). Mari did the cutting and sanding and I did the finishing. I truly feel we came up with a pretty good end result.
...And with the reindeer horn pieces from Finnish Lapland you OF COURSE get the magical powers of strength and wisdom with them. These ones are a must have, especially when we two "witches" charmed the jewelry with the best of luck as well. :D
Then in addition Mari came up with the awesome rockin' animal pattern finish for the recycled leather earrings. These ones are only for tough but lovely ladies like us. Definitely too cute for boring people!
One of my all time favourites in leather earrings has always been the rose leaf earrings. Last weekend again I had the printing workshop on. Here's how they are done and how they look when ready.
You'll need: Leather, scissors, rose leaf, printing colour, baking paper, iron, small painting brush, earring hooks, jump rings and a thick needle.
HOW TO DO IT:
- Pick rose leaves when you have them or buy a rose from a flower shop.
- Dry the leaves flat between a fat book. (Takes only about 24-48 hours.)
- Buy a soft and thin leather jacket from a second hand shop or flea market.
- Cut it into pieces.
- Glue leather two sided to get a more stiff look.
- Paint the back side of the rose with printing paint.
- Press the leaf lightly on the leather.
- Let the printed leaves dry.
- Attach the printing colour by ironing through the baking paper.
- Cut to shape and make the hole for the jump rings with the needle.
- Finish with jump rings and earrings hooks.
- AND THERE YOU GO! Click here to see the ready earrings ››
Now I'm totally exited about the nail polish finished stuff. It is fun to make them and nail polish brings bright colors and great texture to my jewelry. ...Though like you see in the video that it is not so easy to hit the target so you might want to cover your floors when making these.
It's me myself saying but I had the greatest idea to mix puzzles, matt black paint and colourful nail polish. And yes, it smells like hell in my flat and I also have a colourful bathroom (despite the covers) but these will be sooo cool. A bit 80's style bright colours and voilá! They look so delicious I could eat them.
I'm planning to renew our living room after the ongoing front renovation is over - in September. But I already started the work from small scale chores. This lamp shade is made out of a pair of white leather pants. I'm actually quite happy with the result and qoing to make another piece (maybe black leather or blue jeans) for sale as well. But here the instructions for you too.
For this lamp you'll need upcycled leather, linen, splitrings,
glue, a thick needle, scissors, cardboard and a gel pen.
UPCYCLED LEATHER LAMP
- Take your leather and glue another fabric behind it to make the back side constant/sleek and also make the leather a bit more stiff. Here, I used white linen from an old curtain.
- Cut a square from an old card, draw squares to the leather (I used gel pen because you can wipe it off with a wet cloth after cutting) and cut as many squares as you need.
- Make tiny little holes in the middle of the each side of the square. I used a darning needle. Remember to make holes ONLY to the 3 sides of the squares in the lowest row!
- Connect each square with splitrings to each other. You'll need three rings per side.
- Connect the last and first column and attach the highest row to your upcycled lamp frame.
- Your lamp is ready!
A while ago I visited my brother and his better half in Tampere. They have such a cute home and several handmade upcycling details make it even more charming. So here I send to you not only greetings but also inspiration from Tampere. Take a look!
Take a better look in Maija's blog: Poppastelua.
Like said, I'm a 90's teenie and I just still love the hoodie vests or vest hoodies or whatever they are. I found two old hoodies from the flea market pile and decided to take them back to use. The other one I just cut here and there and the other one I sprinkled with white fabric paint.
You can sprinkle paint with "a tool" made from basic string knotted together.
I found a piece of an old studded belt and went a bit crazy with it. It's amazing how many new looks I got from this short piece of belt. Nothing surprising really but a bit more time for one of my old favorite shirt that is aging and looser look for a flea market sweater and a hat that I got from my friend.
This sweater is my Sunday favorite. It's big, gray and loose and
I also cut the neck to give a bit of a slobby touch.
A new life for an old friend. And thank's Inkeri for the hat!
Starching is a good way to reuse old pretty handmade lace table cloths or similar. All you need is water and sugar. With this simple recipe I for example made a wall decor for a birthday present to my almost mother-in-law, an earring holder for my goddaughter, hooks for my friend and a pair of earrings for the RokRokInc. shop.
Hooks for clothes, wall decor and a earring holder: all made of recycled table cloths.
So, by starching you can also create small or bigger things, for example earrings from small recycled or self made lace pieces. Here some easy instructions for you too.
For those who loooove spring, 70's and want to be seen:
RokRokInc. big orange earrings.
HOW TO MAKE LACE STARCHING
- Take you piece of lace and wash it properly.
- Measure about the same amount of water and sugar. Maybe just a bit more sugar than water. The amount depends always on how big your cloth is. For a small piece one desiliter/cup is enough.
- Warm up the water and pour the sugar in.
- Let the water simmer and wait until the sugar has melted and desappeared completely.
- Soak the cloth in the hot water until it's thoroughly wet.
- Take the cloth from the water with some heat protecting gloves and squese the excess water out. NOTICE: You can not wait until the water cools down because in that cade you end up with sugary lumpy outcome.
- Place the cloth on a gladwrap (to protect) and then on an even ground, like on a table.
- Tap the cloth gently with your hands even and flat.
- Let dry. This may take a couple of days depending ot the size.
- If you want, you can modify the end product with spray paint or different kind of accessories.
My friend has her birthday today and I decided to give her, in addition to a present, some summer memories. ...Two and a half years ago we did a small road trip in southern Europe. At Garda Lake in Italy we enjoyed the warm summer nights, ate great Italian ice cream and drank some bubbly Prosecco. It was a great trip.
There, at the beach, I also collected pretty little stones that in the end travelled all the way up to Helsinki. So, with glue I combined the stones and a picture with a frame found from a flea market in Munich and got a present full with memories. Happy Birthday Meri!