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She’s Crafty: Dolla Bill Rings

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She’s Crafty: Dolla Bill Rings

It’s March! First thing that comes to mind is St. Patty’s Day which leads to greens galore, and well, everyone’s favorite legal green: MONEY! So M.I.S.S. brought out our tough lovers to give us a money ring crash course. Enjoy!

Hey everybody – stujessica of toughlovenyc.com here…  in case your old school dollar bill ring making skills have become a little rusty over the years, here are some refresher-course instructions on how I make these bad boys.  I make them dazzling and built to last.

Materials Needed:
– Dollar bills
– Big faceted heart gems
– Small faceted circle gems
– krazy glue (preferably with the brush)

STEP 1: If you look at the back of your dollar bill while it’s face down, you’ll notice that there is a white margin at the bottom. You’re going to fold that margin up to the front of the bill, as seen in the picture above. Make sure the line is good and straight at the fold.

STEP 2: With George Washington right side up and facing you with the fold, turn the bill around so that George is upside down.  Fold from the bottom of the bill up towards the top, you can leave a little tiny bit of space, it doesn’t necessarily have to be all the way to the top edge.

STEP 3: Fold the bill in the same way/direction again so that you can read the word “one” from the back of the bill (as shown above). Make sure all of these folds are straight and tight.

STEP 4: Flip the bill over so that the “one dollar” side is facing you.  You’re going to be folding the bill into an “L” shape in this next step.  Take the left side of the bill and fold it up so that it lines up with the middle of the letter “N” or the end of the “N” so that the “E” in one shows. – it either makes it a little looser or tighter…  I tend to fold at the middle of the “N”.

STEP 5: a) After folding the left side up, with the bill in the same position, take the right side of the bill and bring it over the fold you just made.  The word “ONE” should now be facing you, but it should be upside down. b) Turn the bill so that the word “ONE” is in front of you, like the letter “B” in the picture above.  See where my fingers and holding the edge by the letter “O”? Keep your fingers like that.  More specifically with your index finger underneath the “O” for folding/sizing guidance.

STEP 6: Grab the top end of the bill and bring it under and around your index finger until the eagle and shield are centered over the “O”. (In the picture above, I’m showing you from the opposite angle of how it’s supposed to go under for visual guidance).

STEP 7: Take the right hand side of the bill and fold it over the eagle and shield so that it looks like this:

STEP 8: Fold the top part of the bill downward and tuck the white margin underneath so that it looks like this:

STEP 9: Fold the half that remains sticking out underneath and fold it tightly. The rings sometimes come out tighter than others, so I would practice on a few before gluing them. you can get a basic idea of how it’s going to fit with all of the folds.

Gluing: Glue under the top “one” fold (as shown below)

and also glue the last fold (the one in step nine) to the underneath part of the top “one”.  Take a pen cap or my needle nose pliers to push down on the parts where you put glue. Put pressure on the spots for a few seconds and then let the ring sit for a little while.

Setting the stones:
Hearts: Glue the back of the heart  and then place it on the top of the ring. Position it in the center and press down for a few seconds. Round Gems: (seen above in the middle) Put a tiny drop in the “O” and throw the gem on and position it as quickly as possible.

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She’s Crafty: DIY Galaxy Tee

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She’s Crafty: DIY Galaxy Tee

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The holidays is upon us and I feel obligated to do a Christmas-esque post but then I realized most of these are. This DIY galaxy tee is a perfect gift for your fashion forward friends (boy or girl). Best thing about it is that none are completely alike and it’s roughly $10 each!  Nothing says “I love you” more than a personalized tee made with your own two hands. So save your money (it’s a recession after all), and get to crafting!

She's Crafty Galaxy tee

Materials Needed:
– black tee
– bleach
– fabric dye (I used ‘wine’)
– white acrylic paint
– textile medium
– cardboard
– paint brush
– small container
– gloves

** please use gloves throughout this tutorial, getting bleach on them isn’t pretty**

Galaxy tee bleached and dried

Galaxy tee bleached and dried

STEP 1: Put bleach in a small container. Lay the black tee flat on a surface with the cardboard inside. Using a brush, apply the bleach to the shirt. There isn’t an exact science to doing this. I just “painted” bleach all over the shirt sporadically.  Leave the bleach on for about 3-5 minutes,  feel free to reapply the bleach on certain sections of your bleached area to create different shades of lightened fabric. After about 5 minutes, rinse out the bleach and let the shirt dry (tumble dry or just hang).

She's Crafty Galaxy tee

STEP 2:  Follow the dyeing instructions on the dye bottle. 15-20 mins is sufficient time to get the desired look instead of the directed 30-60 mins. Rinse fabric and let dry.

She's Crafty Galaxy tee

STEP 3:  Mix your white acrylic paint with the textile medium (read textile medium instructions). This makes the paint more fabric friendly. Once you’ve created the mixture, use a brush to pick up some of the paint. Gently tap the paintbrush to create a splattered look.

She's Crafty Galaxy tee

And voilà! You now have your basic galaxy tee. To create a more precise space-like design, repeat the bleaching and dying process (instead of soaking it entirely in dye, you’d probably want to paint the dye on instead). Also, instead of paint and textile medium, you can also just tap bleach on your shirt (this may take longer) or use a bleach pen.  Don’t feel discouraged if it doesn’t come out right the first try (I did this tutorial twice). Just try again until you get your desired look. Good luck!

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She’s Crafty: High Heel Armor

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She’s Crafty: High Heel Armor

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In an economy such as the one we’re in now, it’s a bit tough keeping up to date with the latest trends in fashion. Personally, I try to stick to the basic tees, black dress, and staple black heels. It’s the adventure of dressing these plain janes up that get my creative juices flowing.

Today, we are going to dress up the simplest pair of heels with an elephant heel armor reminiscent of Christian Louboutin’s infamous designs.

Shes crafty heel armour materials

Supplies Needed:
– Chunky gold/silver chain (about 1.5 yards)
– jump rings
– metal casting**/pendant
– magnetic clasp (any regular clasp will suffice)
– jewelry pliers and wire cutter

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Step 1: Cut a strand of the chain about 10 inches in length. Attach both ends of the chain to the metal casting using a jump ring.  This will go through your heel.

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Step 2: With the rest of the chain, wrap a strand loosely around your ankle and cut it. Attach one end of the chain to the one attached to the metal casting with a jump ring. I attached mine to the 3rd chain link from the metal casting. After attaching one end, use a jump ring to attach the other end to the magnetic clasp. Now attach the magnetic clasp to the other end of the first chain.

Step 3: Repeat steps to create the other pair. Make sure to attach the magnetic clasp on the side facing the insides of your ankles.

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To wear it: Put your heel through the first chain and wrap the second chain around your ankle.

Time to work it! Feel free to paint the soles red at your own risk. But mind you it’s trademarked and you might get hunted down by Louboutin’s people. Just make sure you can run in those heels if you do and it happens.

** Metal casting used in this tutorial is from Glamour Girl Beads on etsy. Using metal casting with pendant holes are easiest for this tutorial but other metal castings or cabochons will work just as fine, just be careful when making a hole to put the jump rings in.

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