Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Festive Companions

A Bag/clutch is undoubtedly an essential part of a look. It no longer is the accessory to be matched with the shoes but has its own niche in an ensemble. Sometimes they are the main attraction in a look. They then become key elements in one’s wardrobe.

This festive season I tried to utilize few that I had piled up in my wardrobe for long time. They were lucky buys for me and also look amazing on outfits.

1. Box Clutch/Sling
The dream of having a box clutch was fulfilled by this traditional embroidered box clutch. Got this great buy around Rs. 600  from Palika Bazaar in Delhi while on our study trip. Bargaining was done by my friend and has been the best buy in my wardrobe.

2.Pipe Work Clutch/ Sling.
Got this one from Palika Bazaar too. Another good bargain from the same friend and got this for Rs. 250/300 I think. It has a white beaded sling handle and has full pipe work even at the backside.

3.Traditional Art Print Sling
This Sling was bought by my mom from some exhibition for around Rs. 400-450. It goes really well with a monochrome outfit I had worn. With solid colors in the garment, this print stood out.

The box clutch is my favorite and I got to wear it with two of the traditional looks below

I had a really good festive week, hope you guys enjoyed it too.

Until next time,

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gold Rush

With recycling on mind, we had a subject called Accessory Designing this semester. We were lucky to have an amazing 2-day session with Devinder Layal, in which he taught us different techniques with copper wires and how to make accessories from tin cans.

Keeping this in mind I tried my version of accessory with the cans. I tried to make a Handcuff Bracelet from Cafe Cuba Can as it perfectly fit my hand size and was thin enough to cut with help of  a paper cutter.

1 Can (as per size requirements with thin metal body)
Paper Cutter (be careful with it)
Filer (to smooth the edges if necessary)
Gold Spray Can

I took this Cafe Cuba Coffee Revolution can, which fits my hands perfectly and has a thin metal body which can be easily cut.

The first step is to cut the upper and lower end of the can and then cut from a side to form the basic shape of a handcuff bracelet. Be careful while cutting and handling these cans, because the cut edges can be pretty sharp. Mark your required design with help of pencil and scale on the silver side of the can. Make sure the cut-out areas are lesser than the metal body area so as to hold its shape.

The trickiest part is cutting out the design shapes. You need to be really careful at this stage as using a cutter can be dangerous. Patience is the key. With thin metal body, the paper cutter has to be used 5-6 times in a particular area with some force. Please be really careful while using a cutter. You can also use a filer to smooth out the edges if necessary.

The last part is the easiest and quite fun. Just spray it with a gold spray. You can get a spray can easily at any hardware store or some stationery stores.

Your Gold Handcuff Bracelet is ready to use!

I tried it out with an outfit for a meet with my bff, as seen in picture below.

You can also do a basic handcuff gold bracelet by not cutting out the design and spraying it with gold spray. It will definitely be more sturdy.

I am in love with it because it's perfect for this festive season. Hope you guys try it too.

Happy Diwali to all!!

Until Next Time,