Jul 28, 2014

Birds of a Feather Manicure

Purples and golds and sparkles.

This nail tutorial is all about elegance; these gold feather decals just add that fine detailed look. Unexpected vitrail-finished crystal flat backs also add a modern vibe. I think I am obsessed with the vitrail look; that multicolored metallic-looking finish that's becoming more popular these days. It's an edgier version of a traditional crystal.

This manicure was made possible with supplies from nail art and beauty superstore Born Pretty. This store has everything and anything you need to update your entire look! From gems, decals and polishes to jewelry, clothing and more, be sure to check them out online.

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Let's get to the tutorial.

Step 1: Gather materials. I am using Born Pretty Peacock Gold Feather Decals Item Id 13673 and Born Pretty Rhinestone Wheel Id 14724. I also used gold shimmer polish, nail glue, black nail polish, purple nail polish and clear coat. I painted all my nails black except for the index and pinkie (yes, it shows black here, but paint the pinkie gold. I changed my mind!). Paint the pinkie gold and the index purple. 

On your black nails, use Born Pretty Sponges to get a gold gradient. Simply paint the edge of the sponge with a bit of gold and dab at the bottom of your nails to get a gold dusted look. On your index finger, take the large feather decal and apply. These are water decals; for more info on how to use these, view my Royal Teal manicure.
On the ring finger, apply the smaller feather decal.

On the Pinkie, simply use nail glue to apply three Born Pretty gems in a line down your nail. Press down and let dry. I also added one bigger gem to the index finger, placing it on the middle of the feather decal. When everything is dry, simply finish with top coat.

Purple and gold is a classic combination, standing for royalty. The addition of black is my touch, as you all know its my favorite color. If you don't like that gothic touch, you could do a darker purple with gold, omitting the black.

This works great with all nail sizes. As you can see, mine are way shorter than they have been. Sadly my long nails have broke, forcing me to start from scratch. I always think darker colors look better on short nails, hence the palette. You could switch up the colors to fit your style! The peacock feather decals also come in silver, and Born Pretty's rhinestones come in all colors. A baby blue/silver /white combination would be really pretty, or go girly with neutral polish, gold decals and Born Pretty Pearls.
The possibilities are endless!

Sophisticated yet stylish!

I find that these water decals are so easy to use, especially because they can be repositioned while still wet to get the perfect fit. If you were using a sticker, you'd be stuck with where it was placed first. I would recommend water decals to anyone!

All photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling. DO NOT use/post without linking to me and crediting me!

Jul 21, 2014

"Daintyfied" Project 2- Infinity Wrap Bracelet

To infinity and beyond! 

This wrap was made from products within Cousin Corporation's new line, "Daintyfied". The line includes charms, chains, and components that can be mixed and matched to create lightweight, delicate jewelry that can be worn everyday! This collection hits Michaels craft stores August 15th, so look out for it! Also, it will be available on Prima Bead.
I used the Infinity charm seen on the far right.

I also used Cousin Jewelry Basics round crystals, gold jump rings, Cousin beaded chain and a gemstone 4mm round bead.

You know my obsession with stacking bracelets. Pair this rosary-style wrap with a chunky bangle and other bright neon beads for a cohesive look!

To make this wrap, simply take Cousin's Beaded Link Chain in a length 3X the size of your wrist, adding 6mm crystals in even spots along your length of chain. You will have to cut the beaded links and add your own link with this chain, then reconnect. 
For help on creating linked beaded chains, view my Crystal Amulet Necklace tutorial.

With the unfinished ends of chain, simply attach a clasp to one side and the Infinity charm to the other. Add a couple of charms to the other end of the infinity (I used one 6mm crystal, one 4mm gemstone and a blue bead from my linked chain). To wear, simply wrap and clasp at the jumpring!

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

Jul 16, 2014

"Daintyfied" Project 1- Buddha Bangle

Breathe in, breath out. Om. 

This delicate Buddha and dainty Om give a sense of serenity to this simple bangle. This is truly a beginner tutorial, because it takes less than 10 minutes to make, and the materials list is concise. 

I've layered my bangle with some other bracelets for a cool, eclectic look. Get the tutorial on how to make my Sparkle Strands bracelets (green/pink) and Fiesta Bracelet (orange) to complete your own bracelet wardrobe!

This bangle was made from products within Cousin Corporation's new line, "Daintyfied". The line includes charms, chains, and components that can be mixed and matched to create lightweight, delicate jewelry that can be worn everyday! This collection hits Michaels stores August 15th, so look out for it! Also, it will be available on Prima Bead.

I am using the Buddhist charm set and the Bangle Bracelet for this tutorial. I also used 26 gauge Cousin wire and 4mm Cousin Jewelry Basics copper bicones. 

I simply cut a foot piece of wire, and wrapped it around the circular end of the bangle. After about 6 wraps (tight!) I added a bicone, and encased it in a wrap to hold in place. Then, I wrapped about two times with the wire, added another bead, and repeated. I used nine beads total. Wrap six more times with plain wire and cut flush to finish.

I added the Om and Buddha charms to the circle end of the bangle to finish. Voila! 

I decided to only wrap a little bit of crystals to keep the look dainty. Also, asymmetry in jewelry always  looks a little more modern and fresh!

You could easily do this look with any of the Daintyfied charms, and any colored crystals. Try pearls for a classy look, or even gemstone rounds for a bohemian vibe! Super lightweight and great for everyday wear.

You could of course wire wrap the whole bangle if you wanted, the possibilities!

Sparkly and makes a statement!

All photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling- do not use/post images without crediting and linking to me!

Jul 10, 2014

Christmas in July- Cousin 'Tis the Season Part 4

My last installment in my "Christmas in July" promotion are my "Holly Jolly Magnets", using Cousin Tis 'the Season charms as focal cabochons of sorts!


These cute little fridge magnets take the techniques I used in my last Christmas in July post and spin off that idea. My Glitter Deer pin tutorial can be seen here. I used Cousin's larger deer charm for this pin, and used the smaller two charms to make these two magnets. The snowflake charm is also from a 3-pack of gold charms in the 2014 Tis the Season line.

A simple walkthrough of the directions to make these magnets:
1. Take a ball of oven-bake clay (green or red, a little bigger than a quarter) and roll the outside in green or red glitter to match. Make sure the glitter coats the surface, and rub it in.
Simply press a charm into the top of the ball, flattening it and adhering the charm in the clay. 
To make the beaded decorations, take headpins and cut them to about .75". Add a bead, and press into the side of the clay to hide the empty part of the headpin. Your headpin should be stuck in the clay. Add them all around the edges of your cabochon! 
Bake at about 125 degrees for 20 minutes or so.

When cooled, glue a magnet piece on the back.

I also used Cousin pearls and red glass beads, as well as Jewelry Basic crystals here for the side decorations. These are so sparkly and detailed that they are great holiday decorations, or even make some for your friends! You can use any charms here really, and make them in different themes for different occasions.

Great for putting on the fridge to add some glam to your everyday coupons, lists and clippings!
The whole 2014 Tis the Season line is available at all craft stores such as Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, AC Moore stores and at Primabead.com

All photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling. Do not post/use images without linking to me.