Studded Necklace DIYs

Spice up your Sunday afternoon with a few DIYs that are bound to make your autumn outfits a little more interesting. Add some spikes and nailheads to your craft kit, and whip up a few of these edgy necklaces!
IMG_0868What’s sassier than a fringe necklace? A fringe necklace with studs of course!

spike-chain-necklace-diy-closeupThis gorgeous necklace from Trinkets in Bloom can be worn over something feminine to give it an edge, or rock it with skinny jeans and a tee for a total punk rock look!

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diyspikebeadedchoker_introThis incredible necklace from Chic Steals is perfect for a date night outfit! We love the look of layered spikes and the dimension it adds to the piece.

DIY: Tough Puppy Spiked Collar

Every puppy deserves a cool collar,and if you’re a crafty diyer you’ll love this neon spike collar that we’ve crafted just for Fido! Prepared to see a little more pep in your pooch’s step when you go for your morning walk!
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14mm Metal Buckle #21237

20mm Vinyl Braid #49140

8mm x 7mm Sew-on Mini Metallic Plastic Spike

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Needle

Thread

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1. Take your vinyl braid, and loop it through the buckle. Put the middle piece of the buckle through the vinyl so it is able to move back and forth. Push through the other end of the buckle and sew the end piece to the back.DSC_0179

2. Make sure to measure the collar around your pet to make sure the collar length is not too small or too big. Cut in place. Take the end and fold over and sew in place so the ends do not frill.DSC_0186

3. Lay out your vinyl collar and glue on spikes for embellishment.

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4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Neon Lights Shorts

Summer isn’t hot without some neons to light up the night! We’ve taken a few of our favorite items to DIY with, and given a pair of white jean shorts the neon treatment. These shorts are perfect for a pool party, or a fun night out. This DIY would also look awesome with a black pair of jeans for a high-contrast look. DSC_0310What You’ll Need:

White Jean Shorts
10mm x 15mm Sew-On Neon Plastic Spikes
8mm x 7mm Sew-On Mini Neon Plastic Spikes
8mm Round Hf Epoxy Nailheads
7mm Flat Square Hf Nailheads
6mm Hf Octagon Rhinestone Stud
Iron
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 DSC_03121. Create a pattern going down of side of the shorts using your spikes.

DSC_03162. Once you’ve settled on a pattern, sew them into place.

DSC_03223. On the opposite leg, create a pattern with your iron-ons.

DSC_03214. Once you’ve created your pattern, iron them on or use a hotfix setting tool.

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DIY: Men’s Winter Vest Upgrade

With winter well on its way we thought it would be appropriate to DIY a winter accessory, and even more fun to DIY a male accessory. We asked one of our male coworkers to help us out with this project, and decided to DIY his go-to winter vest. The end result is pretty awesome, and made for an easy and fun DIY.

Materials needed:

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Step 1: attach nail head trim (6-Row Plastic Square Trim style# 44401 – black) to lower vest.

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First, apply the multi-grip glue to the first 2 or 3 inches of the trim. When the glue is evenly added to the trim, place the trim on the lower part of the vest and wait two minutes. Then begin to the sew the trim onto vest.

*Notes* We decided that we would glue and sew the trim onto the vest for a strong hold, but you can glue or sew only if you feel confident that will hold. We will also be adding the trim onto the vest in stages so it will look even.

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If you are going to glue and sew,  you should space out the distance between where you put glue on your trim, space out your glue so that you only have 2 or 3 small portions glued for support and then sew over the rest (this particular trim has a nice spacing in between the rows of nail head, it’s a very good trim for even a beginner to start sewing on).

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Step 2: Nailhead front pocket flap –

For this step we decided to embellish the flap of the front pocket but you can embellish any part of the vest or coat.

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Take your 7MM x 25MM curved spikes with screws, and something sharp to use for assistance, we used a screw driver. Ideally, you would want to use M&Js revolving hole puncher, (style # 55246) but anything sharp is fine.

First,  punch a hole through the flap. After the hole is made, make sure u keep your finger on the whole to keep its place, if you’re using a thicker fabric for a vest the hole can literally just drop out of sight on you.  Then you take the screw to the back of the nailhead, push it through the back of the whole and then screw it into its spike from the front. We also used a flathead screw driver to further tighten the screw and spike together.

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And that’s all it takes to completely transform an ordinary vest into your own creation.

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DIY Spiked Necklace Inspiration

When browsing Shopbop, one of our favorite go-to sites for inspiration, we became enthralled by Joomi Lim’s latest collection. The punk carnival bracelet stood out for several reasons. It’s not only stunning, but something we could easily replicate. Here at M&J we carry chains, clasps and screw on nails making this a very simple DIY. Looking to add a pop of color? Use nail polish!Spiked Necklace
Since we’ve been doing crafts for awhile now we picked up some helpful hints and tricks that we love sharing! Feel free to share any of your tips as well, we love hearing from you!

The 2013 Met Gala Recap

Not only did the 2013 Met Gala bring art enthusiasts and fashion designers together, it brought our city together. Each year that the Met Gala takes place the city becomes a bit more vibrant. The punk theme truly brought nostalgia to the city and encouraged everyone to dress the part. We loved how each starlet had fun with their looks and we’re dying to DIY our own punk project.

FEATHERS"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaSarah Jessica Parker rocked a Giles gown with a custom Philip Treacy headpiece and plaid Louboutins

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaKristen Dunst wore a Louis Vuitton feathered frock

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaAmar’e Stoudemire’s pregnant wife Alexis Stoudemire wore a feather enhanced  Giambattista Valli couture gown.

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"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaJennifer Morrison stunned in a black lace Donna Karan number.

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaKristen Stewart opted for a lace embellished Stella McCartney pantsuit.

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaRooney Mara, the co-host of the evening selected an ivory lace Givenchy gown with zipper accents.

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"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaDonatella Versace wore her own spike enhanced gown.

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaCameron Diaz donned a sleek blue Stella McCartney dress.

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaSienna Miller was very punk in her Burberry ensemble.

DIY Suspender Tee

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If you couldn’t tell last week, we are totally in love with our iron-on stud trims!  They are the perfect alternative to not having to apply studs to fabric one by one.  We decided to use some to update a plain tee u  After creating a pair of DIY suspenders a few weeks ago, we decided to continue the trend with a faux suspenders tee!

Supplies

2-3 yds of  Iron-On Stud Trim

T shirt

Iron

Scissors

Scrap cloth

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1.  Cut the amount of trim it will take to go straight up the left side of your shirt and then diagonally across the back to the bottom right.

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2.  Lay the trim on the t-shirt, as described above.  Set your iron on high and without steam.  Place the cloth over the trim and hold the iron over each section for a minute.

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3.  Repeat steps 1-2 for with trim that will go on the front right side of your shirt and diagonally across the back to the bottom left.

4.  Let the shirt cool and you’ve got a cool, new studded tee!

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New ‘4 Ways to Embellish’ Feature!

What a Fashion Week it has been!  From all the live streaming runway shows to all of the DIY inspiring streetstyle, we had so much fun!  It completely inspired our team to run around our store picking up tons of cute studding embellishments and finding our top 4 ways to use them! This is going to be a cool new feature on our site and we hope all of you lovely readers like it.  Make sure to check out our selections of iron-on studded trim, iron-on nailheads, spike chains, and our screw-on spikes! And let us know…which is your favorite?!

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4 Ways to Embellish Your Fashion Week

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Looking for ways to stand out in the crowd for the rest of Fashion Week?  Use some of our stud trim to embellish a hat or use some of our spike chains to create a statement necklace!  Check out all of our favorite selections to create something that will help you stand out in a sea full amazing streetstyle!