[the DIY Files] cuff ’em and stone ’em.

Like many of the 20-something American women out there, I have a disease called ‘I Can Make That’-tis. Even though my skill sets may be nowhere in the same ballpark as what’s needed to make something I can more-easily buy… I would much rather make it. It REALLY becomes a problem when I see a high-end item, or a runway trend, and the wheels begin turning in my head. That’s where The DIY Files come to the rescue.

Hot Glue crisis… AVERTED!

I have irritatingly thin wrists — UGH #brownpeopleproblems — which means 99.9% of bracelets and cuffs in existence are too large for my wrists, thus forcing me to either wear the item on the crook of my arm where it usually remains hidden, or remove a few links and secure the bracelet in such a manner as to minimize the slipping and sliding of the piece.

Both options are kinda counter-productive to the point of wearing a wrist-piece, ANYWAYS.

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jeweled cuffs from asos/karmaloop/anne klein

But fear no more, my wrists!

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I have to give credit for inspiration to Kristen Turner at glitternglue for her studded skinny cuff project. Using a pair of hoop earrings and some studded earrings, she created a badass thin cuff bangle.

I took the same principles — hoop earrings + regular ‘gem’ earrings — and created a ‘stoned’ thin bangle that fits my wrist.

The Stone ‘Em Cuff instructions follow below!

Supplies

  • (1) pair of or a single hoop metal earring.
  • (1) can of spray paint. I went with black because it’s matte and also, makes the piece pretty versatile.
  • (1) pair of ‘gem’ earrings, or earrings with ‘gem’ settings already included.
  • (1) painting surface
  • (1) tube of E-6000 glue
  • a pair of pliers for bending/clipping off excess metal pieces.
  • (1) scrap headpin or something to scrape the glue onto the appropriate surfaces.
  • if you want to add additional acrylic gemstones, arrange them before you hit the gluing stage.
  • for longevity purposes, I would also recommend getting (1) can of gloss spray paint or nail polish top coat.

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1. Take the hoop earring and pull it on your wrist, making sure the fit is comfortable. No use going through the project to end up with cuffs that don’t fit…

2. Cut off the earring posts from the hoop earrings and any other metal flaps.

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3. Disconnect the earring post and any other ‘extra’ components of the second pair of earrings from the main ‘gem’ component. Put these pieces to the side.

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4. Taking the hoop earrings — which will become the ‘cuffs’ — place them on a discard-able plate or poster board, any surface you don’t mind getting spray paint on. In a well ventilated area,  spray one coat of the black paint on the hoops, covering them from all angles. Allow them to dry for 2 hours, or until dry to the touch.

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5. Repeat spraying a second layer on the hoops after you’ve turned over the hoops to the other side. Allow drying time of 2 hours.

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6. Repeat spraying a third layer on the hoops, making sure all sides have been covered. Allow 2 hours to dry again.

7. Once all sides of the hoop have been covered, paint over it with the clear coat of nail polish or spray with gloss paint.

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8.  Taking a stick, scrape some of the E6000 glue onto the back of the ‘gem’ along the parts where it will attach to the cuff.

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9. Press the ‘gem’ onto the edge of the cuff, and hold for 60 seconds. Then leave it alone!

10. Slip on the cuffs and slowly adjust as needed. The closer to your preferred size the hoops are in the beginning, the better it will fit once you’re done.

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Layer a thin bangle with neon friendship bracelets + chain bracelets + acrylic bangles, or with nothing else at all.

Its the middle of the night, do-dah do-dah, and I’m making more cuff bracelets, oh the do-dah-day!

[Haven’t quite lost my mind, no worries!]

-Nita

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