DIY Meccano Necklace

Today’s post was inspired by a comment that one of my friends left on my Lego Brick Necklace post, where she wanted to know if I could try one in K’nex. While I was hunting out my old box of K’nex I came across my rather small box of Meccano. I never really liked Meccano that much so the box was quite small and this DIY pretty much used it all up. I thought while I had the K’nex out I would try giving the Meccano a go. I may have gotten so distracted by something that as a kid didn’t excite me all that much that I never got round to what I was intending to do.

What you will need;

– The Meccano in the picture below

–  Waxed Cotton Cord

You want to start by screwing these three together, but I wouldn’t do it up too tightly just yet.

Then it’s time for the other side. Again you don’t want to be doing it up too tightly.

The bottoms of both sides come together and cross over. This one can be tightened fully up.

Then it’s time for the bits for the side of the bottom. Don’t do them up that tightly yet, wait until you’ve attached them as otherwise they probably won’t fit on.

They can then be put on the bottom of the necklace. The screws that you didn’t tighten up in the last step can now be tightened up.

Now for the last bit. You need to decide on how long you want the necklace to be and cut the waxed cotton cord accordingly and tie it to the top. I’ve then added a little bit of clear nail varnish over the top just to help it stay in place a little. You can then decide where you want the top to peices of Meccano to lie and then tighten them up in the relevant position.

Your finished necklace will then look something like this…

I apologise for the quality of the final picture, no-one’s really been in at home the last couple of days and when they have it’s just been for five minutes. I do give it a go on my normal camera but after thirty odd attempts, I decided to just go for the webcam option. I’ve got an outfit post in mind for this one though, so hopefully there will be a post up in the next few weeks.

Sian

xoxo

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Etsy Finds

curiouser and curiouserAlice in Wonderland is probably the only book that I have ever read more than once. It’s one that even as I’ve gotten older I still love, although if I’m being honest I would much rather sit down and watch the Disney version – reading can be a bit of a struggle for me. But it was my love of Alice in Wonderland that attracted me to this piece. It’s one of my favourite quotes from the book and I just think that it’s amazing how it’s been put onto a recycled silver plated spoon, something that I’ve never seen before. It just made me smile. I then went and had a bit of a look around her shop, there were quite a few things that I would honestly want to buy from there. This keyring was probably my favourite, it made me laugh so much.

i am fartacus key ringHaving said that it finding this funny did make me feel slightly childish, but it made me laugh so I don’t think I really care.Neon pink knot rope bracelet with tassel charmAfter yesterdays Lego brick necklace and after looking at what items have been attracting me on Etsy recently, I think I’m going through another one of my bright colours phases. Out of the two I think I prefer the yellow one as it’s slightly brighter. What drew me to these wasn’t the colour it was more the interesting texture of rope, and the tassels, I’m a sucker for tassels.Future Stud Earrings - Lime, Silver & NaturalPart of me thinks that I may have already posted a similar set of earrings a couple of months ago, but I think that that highlights how much I like this style. I love the bold graphic style and the combination of the colours. Girl Screen Printed Shopper Free UK ShippingAlice Rebecca Potter is a brilliant illustrator. Her bold simplistic style really appeals to me. I’ve been looking for a printed shopper for a while and this one ranks highly on my list of ones that I’m considering. The rest of the items in her shop are too amazing and again I would buy many of them including this London themed print.

 

London Print Medium

 

 

If you want to have a look at more of her work take a look at her website here.

 

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I don’t think that words can explain just how beautiful this ring is. It’s just wow… That’s about all I can say about it. That and there is no way on Earth that I could ever afford this ring. At $298 with $32 shipping to the UK that isn’t exactly what I would call affordable, but if you’ve got the money then I would definitely say get it – I know I would.

Sian

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DIY – Lego Brick Necklace

A few months ago I brought the Face Hunter book, in it is this amazing picture. 

For me this brings back so many memories of playing with Lego for hours on end as a kid. I had and still have a ridiculous amount of Lego hiding in a box under my bed. I loved the stuff and if I’m being honest, I still do. I remember going to Lego Land and it was honestly like being in a dream land. This photo just made me want to get my bricks out again and have a good play, so giving a similar necklace a go seemed like the perfect excuse.

What you will need:

– Lego bricks

– super glue

I ended up making slightly different shape that the rectangle used in the picture, to get the shape I used I used these bricks…

I then put these together to create this shape.

I then made fifteen of these, three in each of the five colours that I used – red, black, yellow, white and blue. I tried other combinations and colours but they just didn’t seem to work as well as the ones in the photo did, so I stuck with those colours.

Once I made them I then started linking them all together. I took of the top of each one of the links off and connected them together. You could connect them as you’re going along if you want, it doesn’t make that much difference when you do.

Your resulting necklace will then look something like this.

Once you’re happy with the colours and their order you can then start glueing it together. I’ve left one of the end bits unstuck, it does go over my head without having to undo it, it’s just a bit easier to get on and off. It also means that if I decide that I want it a little longer then I can add a few extra links. I haven’t quite decided if I’m happy with this length yet.

Hopefully I can get a picture of it actually on someone up tomorrow, I just need to get one of my friends to either model it or take a picture of me wearing it.

Pink Haze

So how amazing is this shoot by Eleanor Hardwick for Bullett. the answer is very amazing considering that I only stumbled across it while I was researching the 80s for my college decades project. I have no idea how I ended up here from what I was googleing, but somehow I did and I’m actually quite glad I did. I don’t think this is going to fit in with any of the work that I’m doing st the moment, but I’m thinking that they could be a great starting point in the future.

Silk pink dress with butterflies, Holly Fulton; Green and white print dress and  silver and black sequin skirt, Louise Gray; Tights, Meadham Kirchhoff; Fur heels, Nova Chiu

Fur jacket and dress, Nova Chiu

Fur hat, Nova Chiu; tights and glitterdust blouse, Meadham Kirchhoff; Dress with landscape print,Vanessa G; Yellow dress, Luisa Beccaria

Jutta wears: Pink glitter dress, Estefania Cortes-Harker; Vanity top and tights, Meadham Kirchhoff; Shoes, Fred Butler Kathleen wears: Golden and blue glitter dress, Estefania Cortes-Harker; Vanity top and green tights, Meadham Kirchhoff; Fur shoes, Nova Chiu

Crystal dress and bracelet, Chi Chi Luo; Pink sequin dress, Beyond Retro

Arcade denim jacket and green tights, Meadham Kirchhoff; Print dress, Vanessa G; Sleeveless jacket with crystals, Chi Chi Luo; White lace dress, Beyond Retro; Fur shoes, Nova Chiu; White fur backpack, Nasir Mazhar

Jutta wears: Pink glitter dress, Estefania Cortes-Harker; Vanity top and tights, Meadham Kirchhoff; Shoes, Fred Butler Kathleen wears: Golden and blue glitter dress, Estefania Cortes-Harker; Vanity top and green tights, Meadham Kirchhoff; Fur shoes, Nova Chiu

Dress, Pam Hogg; Green tights, Meadham Kirchhoff

White ruffle dress and blue skirt, Beyond Retro; Love is revenge T-shirt, Meadham Kirchhoff; Fur ear warmers, Nova Chiu; White bag with beads, Nasir Mazhar

Fur hat, Nova Chiu; tights and glitterdust blouse, Meadham Kirchhoff; Dress with landscape print,Vanessa G; Yellow dress, Luisa Beccaria

Sian

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September Wish List

It feels like forever since I’ve done one of these posts – actually when I think about it probably is. It’s also quite late on in the month to do one as well.

bunting A5 stitched notebook

One of the big things that I want this month is one of the stitched note books from Paperchase. Unlike most of the things that I put on my wish lists,  I do actually need one these for the fortnightly lectures that start in a few weeks time. I can’t decide what one I want though there’s so many of them and they’re all so cute and adorable. I think I might have to go into my local store sometime over the next couple of days and have a look at them in person.

This one I’ve accepted that I’m not going to be able to afford, it’s either this or the deposit for my art trip to New York. And I’ve gone for New York, it’s somewhere that I’ve always wanted to go. The Cambridge Satchel Company do make some amazing bags and it’s one of those things that I think will have to go on my list for the future and it is one of those things that I will get, I don’t think that the classic satchel will be a big no no any time soon.

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This one I’m thinking could be a good use for all the Boots points that I’ve clocked up over the summer. I’ve been looking into getting a nail varnish like one of these for a while now, I was a little dubious about how well they would work until I saw someone at work wearing some that looked really good. So I think it’s time to invest in one. I love the colours of the Barry M ones too. I’m thinking of trying either the purple or the blue one, not sure which one to go for. I think I’ll eventually end up getting both, I just can’t quite afford to get them both on my points yet, so the second will have to wait for me to have a few more meal deals.

I’m loving cable knit jumpers at the moment and this would go perfectly with the burgundy pair of jeans that I brought that I have had a nightmare finding something that doesn’t look hideous to go with them. I brought them thinking that they would go with pretty much everything that I owned, turns out they were just slightly the wrong shade for what I had planned, but the colour was too amazing for me to take them back.

Marc by Marc Jacobs 

I think that the closest that I’m ever going to get to owning this ring is my Daisy by Marc Jacobs perfume. As a student anything Marc by Marc Jacobs is totally beyond my price range. If I dove into my savings from the summer I could afford it, but again it’s back to the this or New York thing I had earlier. It’s an amazing ring, enough of a statement that it looks good, but at the same time it doesn’t look as if the front of it’s annoyingly heavy. I want it so badly it’s ridiculous.

Is there anything that you’re particularly lusting after this month.

Sian

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I’m Still Standing

It feels like an achievement that I’ve survived my first week at college. For those if you that don’t know, I’m currently studying the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course at my local college.

This past week has possibly been one of the most challenging but fun weeks that I can remember in a long time. It’s weird going in and having no idea what they’re going to throw at you, it could be anything. Mostly things that I not overly sure constitute art especially at post a level, but they are the teachers and you kind of just have to go with it, in the process creating some absolute rubbish but at the same time some real gems.

One of the more fun things that I have had to do involve still lifes and a corn on the cob that I named ‘Larry’, because that’s what every good piece of corn on the cob should be called. Sticky plastic vinal may have also been involved. I know how mentally scaring this might be sounding, (and we made it sound), but I promise that this isn’t going anywhere like that. So how did Larry go from a nice regular corn on the cob to this …

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Before you ask, yes that is art. There’s a still life you can see going round it. This session was all about colour and us not being afraid to use it. As well as using unconventional materials to produce it.

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The day then ended with some good old photos. The first one being that we had to wear our decorated piece of fruit or vegetable with a straight face. Easier said than done. After five attempts this is the one with the smallest smirk. For some reason the second you put me in front of a camera I seem to have a massive smirk permanently etched on my face.

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We also had to have a photo taken of us eating a piece of fruit or vegetable. The only piece that was left when I got round to taking mine that I considered to be remotely safe to put anywhere near my mouth was half a grapefruit. Not nice. This was a grapefruit without any sugar that had spent the best part of the day cut in half out in the open. I caught some of it on my tooth and it was vile.

I apologise for the quality of some of the photos in this post, my camera died on me and they were taken on my phone.

Sian

xoxo

 

August Glossybox

Having spent the last few weeks using the products from this months Glossybox, I’m pretty sure that this is the best one yet. I love it.

The theme of this months box was ‘international superstars’, featuring products from around the world. In mine I got from Germany Alessandro’s Pro White, from Japan DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, from Spain Vera Valenti L’ombre a Paupiere Margarita and from the UK Lipcote. I also got All For Eve For The Eve Appeal Eve’s Balm and the Glossybox Lipstick in Glossy Pink. I quite liked it when I opened my box and found that there was six items as opposed to the usual five.

 

For some reason it doesn’t look like it in the photo, but, there was eyeshadow everywhere.  It wasn’t all too pretty. Other than that I was quite happy when I opened my box.

On the subject of the eyeshadow, I didn’t like it. It looked cheap, it felt cheap and was just awful in general.

The other product that didn’t exactly float my boat in this box was the cleansing oil. Sure it was nice but I don’t think that it was ‘revolutionary’ as it claimed I would. It felt like it left my face very oily afterwards which has left me thinking that I’ll stick to my regular cleanser.

Lipcote was definitely my favourite product in this months box. It did exactly what it said it would do. It made a huge difference to how long my lipstick lasted – instead of needing to replace it every couple of hours, it comfortably lasted all day at work. The tingly feeling I didn’t think was too bad either, I know some people hated that feeling, but for me it  wasn’t too bad and if it meant it lasted all day – small price to pay.

I didn’t really think that the All For Eve For The Eve Appeal was actually that nourishing for my skin. I did however love the smell of it, it has this gorgeous herbal smell that  is simply amazing. It also was easily absorbed into my skin just as it said it would. And to top it all of the balm helps raise money for gynaecological cancer. So would I buy this again, yes I think I would, probably just for the smell.

The Alessandro Pro White was an amazing product. It really did brighten my nails and gave them a nice shine. One of the things that I’ll have to bare in mind for future is that I really need to make sure that there are no little splatters of black paint on my nails, this product made them unbelievably noticeable. One downside was that I noticed in certain lights it made my nails go a really weird colour, sorta a bluey tinge, it was seriously weird.

The Glossybox lipstick was in my mind a bit of a freebie and with that in my I thought it was an amazing product. I don’t think that the colour looks particularly good on me, it looks a little weird. It is however an amazing colour that I really wished looked good on me, it felt amazing too when I applied it too. I would love this in a slightly different colour, I think I would be first in line to buy it too.

Other than the eyeshadow palette that I’m desperately trying to forget I really liked this months box. Anyone else got any horror stories about this months box?

 

Sian

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