Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sequin cuff and collar!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

I've been using sequins as an embellishment in my bead embroidery, and I've loved the results, but recently I started wondering... what would happen if sequins took the spotlight?

Like any good sequin scientist, I had to find out -- so I created my first sequin choker. One that can be worn two different ways!

Worn this way, it looks like a regular choker.


Worn this way, it looks like a collar! The vintage flower button makes a great focal.


Making this choker was fun and fast. It's easier to fill a space with sequins because they're so much larger than seed beads. And may I just say... they were made to take center stage? Look at all that sparkle.

In fact, I enjoyed the process so much, I decided to make a bracelet -- my very first sequin cuff.

I used another button and a large rubber ring for the clasp.


The cuff was even faster to make than the choker, and it fits my wrist perfectly!



LinkI wouldn't mind wearing it this way, either. I love that blue button.


My only challenge was knowing what to do with the thread tails in the end. When I use a lot of seed beads, I can hide the threads by weaving them in and out. This time, I couldn't do that.

I solved the problem by using the tails to attach the clasp... and by coming up with my own way to weave the remaining thread tails in and out of the brick stitch edging. I made some progress on this technique today as I was finishing the bracelet.

I can't wait to make more of these -- I want to experiment with closures like metal clasps, ribbons... and bra hooks.

That concludes today's Show and Tell! While you're here, check out my Featured Friday post on Vanessa Walilko, and most importantly, check out her Kickstarter project here!

Thanks for reading! Have a sequintastic day and a fabulous weekend!

37 comments:

  1. Wow! Both of these are beautiful projects but the bracelet is my fav...you used such gorgeous colors in it.

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    1. Thank you, Janet! The bracelet is my favorite, too. The vinyl backing makes it so comfortable!

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  2. Love your collar. A tambour hook would be a handy tool to master. Gotta love sequins.. Thats my middle name.

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    1. Thanks, Shirlee!

      Funny you should mention it... I just watched a Youtube video on tambour, and I declared to myself that I just HAD to learn this technique.

      Hurray for fellow sequin enthusiasts! <3

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  3. Ooh, sparkly and beautiful! I hope you have somewhere spectacular to wear them. Then again, wearing either of those pieces would automatically make any place you are spectacular! And the use of a rubber ring as a loop for a button closure? Genius!

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  4. Thanks, Bobbie!

    I really wish Blue Buddha Boutique still sold those rings because I love them so, so much. At least I have plenty left! :)

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  5. Sarah! Love love love the cuff!! I bet those would be hot in your shop!

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    1. Thanks, Annie! I agree. Now that I know how to weave in those thread tails so they look tidy, I can actually start thinking about selling. :)

      I have some other plans for the cuff, too -- can't wait to make the announcement!

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  6. Sarah
    Thanks for the comment on my blog.. My e-mail is in a mess so I can't respond on my blog. Love to be a featured artist ... What do I need to do?? e-mail me.

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    1. Shirlee, you're very welcome!

      Just sent you an email. Let me know if you have any questions! :)

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  7. OMG! These are both super cute!!! When do I get to buy one of your lovely creations from Etsy?

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    1. Thank you! :)

      Now that I've solved the thread weaving problem, I can start making these to sell (but I'll need to make some for the craft show in April first). I have another plan for them, too, which I'm so excited about!

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  8. Sarah,
    The collar and cuff are very pretty and I bet they really sparkle in the sun.
    Therese

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    1. Thank you, Therese!

      OK, now I want to go outside and see them sparkle. :)

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    1. Thanks, Audrey! <3

      I'm going to start a pink one soon. :)

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  10. These are awesome. I do wear my jewelry backwards too. It makes people come talk to you about it. LOL
    The sequins really set it off.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. Thanks, Nicole!

      Then I'm not the only one? Oh, good. I like having another option for wearing jewelry. :)

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  11. You have inspired me yet again, I have used sequins in my latest project and you are right they really up the bling factor.
    Kepi/A little of this, a little of that...

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    1. Kepi, I'm so glad I could inspire you, and I'm so excited that you're using sequins in your work!

      Going to go squeal over that gorgeous blue necklace now. :)

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  12. Wow, these are fabulous! I thought the first image was a cuff but I love how it's a 2 sided choker. Love the cuff too. I have about 5 sequins in one of my cuffs..... ;)

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    1. Thanks, Emma!

      I do plan to make a red and black cuff to match. :)

      Five sequins on a cuff is still exciting to me! I'd love to see what it looks like.

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  13. Wow, simply genius! Loving the result as usual x

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait to make more of these. :)

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  14. Wow, some new terrific designs coming from your ever capable hands, I am thinking Cabaret when I look at these and Liza Minneli wearing one as she dances. xox

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    1. Thanks, Corrinne! What an awesome compliment. :)

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  15. Super colorways. The width is great and so is the sparkle :)
    Happy Day,
    -Eva Maria

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    1. Thank you, Eva Maria! I can't wait to show you the color scheme for the next cuff. I showed it to a friend tonight, and she was mesmerized! :)

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  16. Sarah, I love the collar/choker! What a vibrant color scheme and you work magic with those sequins. People love versatility, so wearing a neck piece two ways is the perfect solution!

    Hope your day is a wonderful as you are my dear!
    {Hugs!}

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    1. Thank you so much, Dawn!

      I love pieces that can be worn a number of ways. When I was working with rubber chain maille rings, I often created reversible pieces. I'm also thinking about making pieces that can be worn as necklaces OR bracelets. :)

      *Hugs.*

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  17. Fabulous pieces!! Your blue cuff expands the blue family from green-blue to blue-violet and is a great example of expanding the color family of a monochromatic palette. Would love for you to post a photo of this on my Eye For Color fb page!

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    1. Beverly, thanks so much for a great comment that made my evening! I posted the photo on your Eye For Color page. :)

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  18. The colors are just awesome! Love blue cuff in particular.

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    1. Thank you, Pearl! The blue one is my favorite. It fits my tiny wrist perfectly!

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  19. Talk about being in the spotlight, your choker/collar it is certainly a beautiful piece that will command attention no matter where or how it is worn.
    Strangely enough it is one of those wonderful pieces that is "over-the-top" without actually being "over-the-top" ! Know it doesn't make too much sense when said that way but it's a piece that can take a simple dress suit and make it shine without over powering it; while it can make that special little black dress feel perfectly apropos at Prince William and Kate's royal wedding.

    Yes, definitely explore the possibilities of the tambour hook, it looks like a tool and a technique that would be most useful to you in attaching pretty, sparkly sequins onto fabrics.

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    1. Thank you! <3

      I'll be very interested to try the tambour hook! Especially when it comes to attaching sequins to larger pieces, like the prom dress I started customizing awhile back. :)

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