There are a lot of street style mavens out there today, but few can pull off bold colors as well as Yasmin Sewell. When she's not consulting with the likes of Chloe, Hermes and ASOS, she's knocking it out of the ball park with playful and bright ensembles. We loved this brushstroke pattern mixed with chunky silvers (dare we say it's very Sunclipse) and recreated it below paired with our Bohdi Wire Earrings.
A little bit Stevie Nicks, a little bit Pheobe Philo; these earthy, bold and elegant wire rings have it all. Using crystals, loose beads and some silver wire, you can make these pretties within minutes. Pick up our jewelry findings kit which includes the perfect wire to make these rings!
Materials & Tools
- a mix of loose stones and beads, preferably tube shape
- 18 or 20 gauge wire
- round nose plier
- semi flush cutter
- marker, highlighter or an object that can be used to form a round ring shape
- super glue or e6000
Instructions FOR WRAPPED CRYSTAL RINGS
Step 1: Snip off a 8" section of silver wire using your semi flush cutter. Start by wrapping the center of the wire around the marker. You can pull it tighter if needed or widen it with your fingers to make it fit perfectly to your individual ring size. Always try to keep it in the round shape as you go.
Step 2: Place the crystal centered over the point that the two wires meet. Hold the crystal in place as you pull up one side of the wire.
Step 3: Wrap it around the belly of the crystal twice and bring the wire to the underside of the stone. Repeat with the other top wire. This will create a little bed for the stone to sit on and prevent your finger from being scratched by the crystal.
Step 4: With both ends of the wire on the underside of the crystal, wrap them once around the top of the ring shank and snip off any excess wire. Tighten them up with your chain nose pliers. If need be you can add a dab of superglue or e-6000 glue to the bottom the stone for extra stability.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL STONE TOPPED RINGS
We did a variation of this style in our Untitled Collection. This take on the Rothko Ring tutorial is easy as could be. We used semi-precious beads in a couple shapes and sizes to create these rings. Follow along with the Rothko Ring tutorial and add a dab of super glue or e6000 glue where the wire goes through the hole in each bead. Make the glue be your final step if you are using super glue. If you are using e6000, apply the glue to the wire before inserting it into the hole and when you have the wire just right make sure to hold it in place for a few minutes so the glue has time to set. Put the e6000 rings aside for at least 6 hours before wearing.
Ever find a single sheet of paper or scrap of fabric that inspires an entire project? That's the story behind this breakfast tray. It was love at first sight with this stunning Thai Marbled Paper we found from Mulberry Paper and we had to find a way to celebrate it's beauty in an everyday object. This project is fairly simple and inexpensive, just source a simple tray as your base and a pretty paper that pulls your heart-strings.
- - plain breakfast tray, we found ours at Ikea
- - pretty paper (large enough to fit the tray)
- - craft glue, we used ModPodge
- - craft paper
- - enviro tex pour-on (4oz/sq ft)
- - wide paint brush
- - squeegee or credit card
- - cardstock postcard
- - scissors
- - disposable stirring sticks
- - measuring cups
- - (2) disposable mixing bowls
- - ruler or measuring tape
- - pencil
Step 1. Measure the inside dimensions of the tray. Record your findings.
Step 2. Cut out a test piece of paper to make sure your measurements are correct. The paper should lay flat. Make any necessary adjustments and when your measurements are perfect use this piece of paper to trace out a pattern over the marbled paper, cut it out.
Step 3. Apply a thick layer of craft glue to the face of the tray. Add a few drops of water to thin it out slightly. It is important that the glue is completely wet when you lay the paper down.
Step 4. Starting with one edge, line up the paper with the tray and carefully lay it down face up. Smooth out any wrinkles with your fingers and carefully lay the entire sheet down.
Step 5. Smooth out the paper against the tray and squeegee out the excess glue (be careful not to rip the paper). Wipe the corners clean of any glue.
Step 6. Paint a thin layer of glue over the paper to seal the surface. Allow to dry completely.
Step 7. Read the instructions included with the pour on resin. It is important that you have enough resin to coat the entire tray with a thick layer. The box recommends 4 ounces/ square foot. You will mix equal parts of resin and hardener so the 8ounce box was the perfect amount to coat the Ikea tray. Make sure to do the following steps in a well ventilated area!
Step 8. Measure the contents of each bottle and make sure they are equal, we used identical plastic cups to make sure they matched up.
Step 9. Pour the resin into a mixing container*. Then pour an equal amount of hardener into the resin and stir for 2 minutes. Make sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the container as you mix. After 2 minutes pour the contents into a second container and continue mixing 1 more minute.
*The container must have smooth walls and ideally it is disposable. Envirotex recommends you have 2 mixing containers.
Step 10. Immediately pour the resin over the surface of the tray. Use a piece of cardstock to spread evenly over the entire surface.
Step 11. Make sure the entire surface is coated and level. After 15 minutes some bubbles will rise to the surface, gently blow on the bubbles to release the air, or tap the tray lightly to get them to pop. Allow the tray to set on a level surface for 48 hours.
Once the resin is set, serve someone special breakfast in bed on your stunning new tray... Don't forget to add flowers!
Join us this Saturday, July 25th for our Summer Pop-Up Shop!!! Come shop, eat some sweet snacks, hang out with the For the Makers crew and find exclusive projects, grab bags, freebies and more!!! Oh, and our book is on mega sale for the event so grab one of the last copies in nyc while you're there! OK, we couldn't possibly use anymore exclamation points in one short post - but here are a few more just to showcase our very serious enthusiasm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...!
RSVP here and stop by for some fun out of the sun...because it's hot you guys.
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This month's Bodhi Wire Earrings are the perfect project to make a slew of alternative options, known around here as #makertakes. We've been sporting all kinds of wire shape earrings around the office and hitting the streets with this lightweight sleek style, perfect for the summer heat. Update this simple style with a pop of color by adding some beads. Or you could add a splash of nail polish like the ones shown here, adapted from our book Make A Statement! Whatever you choose to do, make sure to share it with us via instagram and twitter by using the hashtags #forthemakers and #makertakes. We can't wait to see what you create!
- - 21 gauge round sterling silver wire
- - sandpaper or metal file
- - colorful beads (included in your Sunclipse collections)
- - chain nose pliers and metal clippers
HOW TO MAKE
Step 1: Create a post that will go through your ear by bending the wire at a 90 degree angle about 10 mm in from the end.
Step 2: Straighten out the wire as best as possible with your fingers. You can use the pliers if needed but try not to mar the metal too much. Create another 90 degree bend about 20 mm below the first bend.
Step 3: Thread one bead onto the wire all the way up to the second bend.
Step 4: Push the wire over the bead with your fingers and pull it back over the top of the bead.
Step 5: Loop the long wire around the 20 mm section and snip off the excess, leaving a 2-3 mm tail that you can tuck in tightly to keep the bead secure.
Repeat the steps with the remaining wire to make a the pair by following the bends of the first. Add some earring backs and you're ready to wear these babies!
Meet Jenipher, the bubbly girl boss behind Nightly Doodles. We met her at the National Stationery Show this past May and admired her adorable illustrations of NYC and teeny tiny cactus. We asked her to illustrate some "cute" fruit for us because we just can't get enough fruit at the moment (you either?). She created some seriously adorable illustrations and we turned them into cards and wallpapers for you do download. Read her interview for snippets of Jenipher's life and get the links for all the goods below!
First maker memory... I used to make 'doll house food' with little wooden bowls, hole punched paper, and puffy paint. They were amazing... i wish i still had them! And i started making jewelry when i was 9, which i continued to make (and have a business called Cherry Runway) until last year.
Makers that inspire you... Lisa Congdon is amazing, and someone i look up to so much! And my friend Mary Wangerin inspires me with every post! She's an amazing painter! (and so much more!)
If you weren’t making this, you’d be making?... I don't really have a good answer for this one... i truly 100% think that i've FINALLY found the thing i was MADE to do. Which is encourage people with happy, empowering doodles. If anything, i'd like my book to take off even more than my stationery so i can help girls EVERYWHERE feel less alone. :)
Favorite tool of the trade... Water brushes are A-MAZING! I don't know how i didn't hear about them sooner! And I'm obsessed with stickers, (always have been!) and neon pink anything! Paint & sharpies & colored pencils, oh my!
Material(s) you want to work with... I hope to make my 'lovely girls' into pillows, or would love to try and make a stuffed animal. But more in my field, i'd like to get more familiar with colored pencils and paint.
Top Places to Source... I go to muji when i need sketchbooks, and sometimes various art stores when i need some more pens. :) Occasionally i go to the art store here in Sunnyside when i need a pick me up, and maybe a new paint color.
Something you wish you could make... SO MANY THINGS! I dream of making ceramics, and embroidery. Of making my own clothes. My own graphic novels! TOO many things!
Favorite place in New York to snack.... Holy moly! So many places! I LOVE Chinatown. Asian pastries and milk tea are my ultimate treat. But Little Red Hen Bakery is one of my FAVORITE places for cupcakes and pie. Ooo and there's this vegan mushroom kale empanada at the union square market, mmmm. :)
Favorite place in New York to get your drink on... Sweet Leaf has my favorite chai tea latte. Cafe Grumpy's has one of my favorite mochas. And Teri's has the most amazing smoothie! I wish i could drink one everyday. :)
Favorite shop in New York to blow your paycheck at... I wish i had a place. I don't really 'blow paychecks'. I'm pretty frugal so i don't even spend much on on things other than art supplies and treats. lol I buy a lot of sketchbooks from muji, does that count?
Favorite song at the moment... I've been listening to the Matilda soundtrack a lot. "When i Grow Up" is one of my favorites from the Broadway show!
We all love getting snail mail, but these cards make it even better. Get the printable here.
Get your devices ready....this print deserves to be on all the things! Update your desktop and phone with this playful orange print.
The Devi Woven Wall Hanging from the Sunclipse Collection has plenty of room for customization. Beyond playing with color-blocking, fringe length and placement, we decided to break down some weaving techniques so you can pursue whichever pattern you fancy. But first you need to create a cardboard loom. Checkout how to at the Devi Woven Wall Hanging tutorial.
Next, lets review some basic vocabulary. The Warp Strands are the vertical yarns used to create the loom (the teal strands pictured below). The Weft Strands are the horizontal yarns used to create the weave (shown in white and coral below). This is important to understand as we dive into the different techniques below.
The Straight Interlocking technique (with a common weft) means that different weft yarns meet at the same warp yarn then interlock by looping through each other before continuing to the next row.
The Straight Interlocking (with a common warp) is very similar except the weft yarns interlock by simply wrapping around the same warp yarn.
The Diagonal Interlocking technique allows you to create more dynamic shapes with the weft yarns meeting in a stepped pattern along the warp yarns. The yarns can interlock with either a common weft or warp depending on your preference.
Don't want your yarns to interlock? No problem. Using the slit technique your weft yarns can meet diagonally or straight without sharing a warp yarn or looping through each other. The different yarns still visually blend without any gaps but do not actually fuse.
Refer back to the Devi Woven Wall Hanging tutorial to tie everything thing off and finish up. For more weaving inspiration and know-how checkout out some of our favorite weaving resources and inspiration: Loom and Spindle, Maryanne Moodie, Hello Hydrangea, and The Nectar Collective.
Weaving is no longer for the spinster set. Karl Lagerfeld, J. Crew and Jonathan Adler are among the many loom lovers this season. With relaxed yet design-centric vibes, who can blame them? Add a pop of color to any room or closet with these ten woven wonders below. And go the extra mile by creating your own!
Top Image by Mana Morimoto
Let's face it, not everyone is blessed with a mantle or built in shelving, but that shouldn't stop us from creating sweet little areas of interest in the home. This super quick hanging shelf is the perfect way to add a little life to any room. Center a grouping of succulents and potted plants, plus a small tchotchke you picked up on your latest travels for an alluring shelfie.
- -plywood board (raw, stained or color blocked)
- -wood or metal ring
- -cotton clothesline cord
- -colorful knotting cord
- -8 large metal crimps
How to Make
Step 1. To start you need to cut 4 long pieces of rope. The length will depend on how low you want to hang the shelf and the size board you plan to use. We used a 20" square board and hung it pretty low so our rope was approximately 3 yards.
Step 2. Find the center of each strand of rope and loop them through the wood ring. You should have 8 strands now.
Step 3. Secure the rope by wrapping the knotting cord just below the wood ring. Wrap until you have a colored band and tie off.
Step 4. Here is this slightly tricky part, mastering the Josephine (or pretzel) knot. Start by dividing the strands in two groups of four. Set aside one of the groups and divide the other into two groups of two
Step 5. Make a loop with two strands of rope by pinching a section and flipping it down so it looks like the loop pictured above.
Step 6. Take the other two pieces and lay them over the loop.
Step 7. Weave the ends under the tail of the loop, over the neck, then back under, over itself, and then under one last time. I know, it sounds crazy. The best way is to study the loosely tied knot, if you still need guidance there are lots of great videos and gifs, we love the one by Minieco
Step 8. Once you have the knot mastered, make sure the knot is flat and untwist any strands as needed. Carefully begin to tighten the pretzel.
Step 9. Tie an identical knot with the other section of four ropes. Make sure the two knots are level and at least 12" from the top.
Step 10. Next, take two strands from each knot and combine these four strands into a Josephine knot, about 6" down from the first.
Step 11. Repeat with the remaining strands to make a fourth knot.
Now is a good time to hang it up and make any adjustments so you have two level knots on top and two level knots below facing the opposite direction (to create a square).
Step 12. It's important to visualize how the board will be secured by the ropes. To start, pair the outermost ropes of one knot. Secure these together by threading two crimps on. Make sure you thread in opposing directions as pictured below.
Pair one inner strand with the one directly across from the other knot and continue creating a square grid to support the board.
Step 13. Slide the crimps away from the center and even out the slack in preparation of leveling the shelf. Insert the shelf and make sure the crimps are correctly placed.
Step 14. Secure the crimps by squeezing them shut with pliers. Repeat on both sides of all 8 crimps.
Once the shelf is secure and level its ready to take on a cute cluster of indoor plants, try creating a small still life with pretty little keepsakes.
East meets West in this month's Sunclipse Collection. Jam out to this namesake playlist of Bollywood classics, famous hip hop samples and all around warm weather favorites. Head on over to Rdio to listen to this playlist along with our archive.
1. India Kids of 88
2. Dadra Ravi Shankar
3. Where's Your Head At Basement Jaxx
4. Bad Girls M.I.A.
5. Ponderosa Tricky
6. Mundian To Bach Ke Punjabi MC/Jay-Z
7. Elephant Tame Impala
8. Jaan Pehechaan Ho Mohammed Rafi
9. React Eric Sermon & Redman
10. Within You Without You The Flaming Lips ft. Birdflower and Morgan Delt
11. Like Acid Rain Unknown Mortal Orchestra
12. Galvanize The Chemical Brothers
13. Turntables Ciara
14. Bombay El Guincho
15. Calcutta Enoch Light and His Orchestra
Take a technicolor trip this month with our Sunclipse Collection. Inspired by the sun kissed colors of India, sixties psychedelia, and weaving techniques, you'll wanna kick up the A/C and spend a night in with these four projects. Can't wait to un-box? That's ok, we can't either. Check out all the Sunclipse Collection details below!
Have you heard? All the colors are the new black. Chanel, Valentino and Isa Arfen aced the trend in their Resort runway presentations and we channeled these palettes throughout this collection, specifically the Devi Woven Wall Hanging. We kicked off this collection with lots of weaving research and workshopping. Many of the techniques originate from Kashmir, the Indian textile capital, where the patterns and colors heavily influenced the psychedelic styles of the sixties. While India may have the largest ownership of looms in the world, we here at For the Makers are pretty proud of the super simple loom we crafted using the collection box and a pair of scissors. Recycling has never looked this good!
After the prototyping and the sourcing comes the packing. This month's was a doozy. The whole team spent days counting hundreds of beads (YES! Hundreds in each collection!) and individually wrapping balls of yarn while simultaneously catching up on The Bachelorette (we're team Ben at the moment).
Last, but not least comes the look book. We love a good challenge. Armed with just color gels, a mirror and a squirt bottle we recreated some major sauna vibes for this month's photo shoot.
Miss the Sunclipse Collection? No worries! Check The Shop soon for individual projects and get your hands on our August collection by claiming it here. In the meantime keep on sharing your #makertakes with us! As always, happy making!
Prepare for the beach and pack the fun with this painted travel game. The soft game board allows for easy transport and a small footprint in your beach bag. Prepare at least one day ahead of your trip so the board and pieces have plenty of time to dry. Gather the your family and friends for a few rounds as you sit and relax in the shade this 4th of July!
- - 20x18" fabric
- - acrylic paint
- - paint brushes
- - adhesive back foam
- - scissors
- - wood block
- - sculpey
- - washi or masking tape
- - ruler
- - needle & thread or a sewing machine
- - cookie cutter
- - rolling pin
how to make
Step 1. Protect your surface with plastic and lay the fabric flat.
Step 2. Squeeze some paint into a small dish. We wanted a fun 4th of July theme so we mixed up a nice shade of blue but you can make your board any color. Slowly add water to the paint to make a saturated wash.
Step 3. Paint your fabric using broad strokes. For a washy look, concentrate the paint in a centered square and then pull the color out to the edges using a watered down solution. Lay flat to dry on paper towels.
Step 4. To make your game pieces, roll out a 14" thick pancake of clay. Press a cookie cutter into the clay and gently release the shape from the mold. For checkers each player gets 12 pieces- so 24 total. You can differentiate the players' pieces using two colors of clay, two different cookie cutters, or you can just paint them later. Follow the clay package instructions for baking.
Step 5. When the fabric is dry, pin a 1/4" hem on all 4 sides. You can sew this by hand, or use a sewing machine.
Step 6. Plan your board. A checker board is 8 squares by 8 squares, so if each square is about 1.5", the board should be 12"x12". Measure the fabric and center the board
Step 6. Mask off the playing board using tape. Make small pencil marks every 1.5" on all four sides and use thin tape to mark the gap between checks.
Step 7. Make a 1.5" square stamp using adhesive foam and a stamping block.
Step 8. Use a paint brush to apply paint to the stamp. Use the tape as a guide to stamp every other check. Reapply paint between each stamp.
Step 9. Remove the tape and allow the paint to dry completely.
Step 10. If you made all 24 pieces the same, divide them up and paint them two colors. Spray paint, acrylic or even nail polish will do the trick.
Grab a For the Makers cloth bag to house your new game and pack it in your next picnic or beach trip!