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DIY | Jewelry

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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The girls all wore different colors, so naturally, silver jewelry would have worked. However, I am a fan of accessorizing with fabulous, unique pieces, so I took out my old jewelry-making supplies and went to work with sterling silver and Austrian Swarovski Crystals.

The best thing about the crystals is that they come in so many colors so I was able to choose colors to match their dresses.

Here are the results:

DIY Bridesmaid Earrings

For some reason, these are pictured blue, but they’re actually a dark purple.

DIY Bridesmaid Earrings

DIY Bridesmaid Earrings

DIY Bridesmaid Earrings

DIY Bridesmaid Earrings

And here they all are together:

DIY Bridesmaid Earrings

DIY in Action

Wedding Day Detail

DIY Bridesmaid Earrings

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DIY | Shoe Brooch

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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Tools:

  • Austrian Swarovski Crystals & Pearls
  • Jewelry pliers or normal needlenose pliers
  • Fishing line or invisible jewelry thread
  • Hot glue
  • Something to act as a base – I used earrings
  • Scissors

I bought "Iris" by Benjamin Walk’s Touch Ups to wear with my white gown (I had them dyed Lavender), but I wanted something with a brooch. So I made one. Here are the shoes before:

diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding

I figured the easiest way to obtain a backing for the brooch was to buy cheapo earrings. I lucked out and found some on sale at Kohl’s one day by Apt. 9. Here’s one of them. I impatiently took the other one off to work on it without taking a picture first.

diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding

As you can see, I took off the earring hook with my jewelry-making tools. I wanted a focal point center so I hot glued a clear Swarovski crystal to it.

diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding

Then, I took the invisible thread and started threading the mauve Swarovski pearls through the holes in the earrings.

diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding


diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding


diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding


diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding

I added more pearls and crystals to match my wedding colors and the finished brooch looks like this.

diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding

Finally, I threaded each brooch onto the shoes with the thread.

diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding


diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding


diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding

I LOVED the way they ended up. I showed my future mother-in-law and she thought I bought them that way!
It’s just a subtle detail that only I will probably notice, but I love how it made my shoes look in the end.

DIY in Action

Here is a zoomed-in photo of the brooches on my shoes underneath my dress. (See crinoline here.)

diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding

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The Wedding Rings

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

His:

His wedding band

It is a tungsten carbide band designed by Triton.

Hers:

Her wedding band

Her wedding band

The band has to be resized, but that is going to be done closer to the wedding.

The Engagement Ring

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

On one of his business trips to the east side, he swung by Ohio and met with a jeweler that a coworker had recommended. After choosing the rock and setting, he waited for it to be MAILED to him. Once it came, he had it for approximately four months before he finally made his move (chicken!).

Here is an image of the engagement ring that he placed on my finger! It’s simple and clean. The band has a simple square cross-section that matched both of our tastes. The four-prong style also gives it a more square look which is also our taste!

The diamond rock he placed on my hand

For the marriage, the diamond will be reset since we couldn’t find any bands that fit us. We went ring browsing all over the state through Thanskgiving and Christmas. Finally, right before the holidays, we went to our local jeweler and BAM! There it was… the setting we both fell in love with as soon as we saw it.

It was perfect. I love mixing elements and it had the traditional Tiffany setting with the modern mount.

It wasn’t until February 26, 2009 that we actually went back to the jeweler to have the original diamond reset in the Kattan setting.

The resetting

We’ve got the wedding bands! Take a look.