This isn't so much an original diy, more like a "hey, imma put these ideas together to create something cool ishh" so the style of this post will be a little bit different
Because this is a DIY "fail" I will be posting a legitimate DIY soon. Because my other projects have been working out so far...
I am going to "introduce" 3 ideas that came into play today: Fimo Air Light clay, awesome jewelry beading tutorial resource, and using hair elastics for quick and easy bracelets.
Instead of buying charms and whatnot, why not make them yourself?? I wanted flat-back rose beads, but unfortunately, you can't have both. You can either buy flat-back roses or rose beads. So, I turned to clay. Now I've seen a TON of tutorials using polymer clay, and some come with warnings such as "Do not bake in an oven that you plan to use for food!!" True Blue Me & You uses one of those mini oven things (like the ones you got as a kid) for projects like that. However, browsing the store, I found a great alternative: Fimo Air Light
Not only is it incredibly lightweight, but it's also air drying. That's right, no baking whatsoever needed. Just sculpt, put it aside overnight, and in the morning, it's done! No baking hassle needed.
So the first thing I did was sculpt some roses. I'm not going to waste any time explaining the specifics, it's pretty self-explanatory, and I essentially googled how to sculpt roses to figure it out myself. There's a bunch of tutorials online, I especially like Transient Expressions here The Polymer Clayspot's here Anna Shawkey's youtube video here.
Before setting them out to dry, stick eye pins through the middle of the rose. Not only does this keep the rose petals intact, you now have a rose bead!! And because of the way they're constructed, they're flat-back rose beads!!
I was originally going to duplicate a rose necklace, but after 6 roses, I got exhausted. So I stopped (hey, it was my first time sculpting, I was getting increasingly frustrated with some fail attempts so..)
When the roses are dry, carefully remove the eye pins, and paint the roses with whatever color you like. I used Pedal to the Metal by Maybelline, 2 coats. Be sure to paint on top of something else to not ruin your workspace.
The last idea that I decided to use was a hair-elastic tie. I'm too lazy at this point to come up with shamncy closures and whatnot, so I took the easy route. Using your jewelry pliers, open up the ends of your rose chain, and close them around the elastic.
Voilà! You're done! Wear your new bracelet with pride, and remember, you can switch up colors of your elastic, and the types of beads that you want to connect to your "bracelet."
Perfect for stacking if you're not fond of a little black elastic band. Just cover it up with other bracelets!! I suggest delicate strands of pearls to be paired with these roses, very in vogue with the roses+pearls trend.