DIY Scarf Camera Strap

 

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I know I know…two DIY posts in two days?  Guys… I can’t.  Stop.  Making things.  I’m just going to embrace it.  

 I have been swooning after scarf camera straps for a while now!   I saw a few on Etsy and just thought they were the coolest thing…functional AND stylish.   I had this beautiful scarf just lying around, so I decided that it would be a perfect DIY project!  Here’s now I turned a $5 scarf into a DSLR camera strap!

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Materials:

Scarf:  make sure it is a strong material, and isn’t a fabric that will fray.

Leather scraps:  I picked these up at Hobby Lobby.  You can easily use a thick denim or corduroy for a vegan alternative!

Leather cord: also found at Hobby Lobby.

Leather Punch tool:  Mine is Bead Landing brand and I picked it up at Michael’s.

Needle and button thread

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First, put the scarf on and decide how long you would like your camera strap to be.  Keep in mind that the final length will be a bit longer than the fabric once the leather cord is attached.  Trim your scarf accordingly!  

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Fold your leather pieces and cut triapezoid shapes out of them, leaving the smaller of the parallel sides on the fold, so when the leather is unfolded it will resemble a bowtie.

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Use your leather punch tool to make holes all the way around the folded leather, about a centimeter apart. On the side of the trapezoid that is folded,  make your hole punches about a half inch away from the edge, because that is where you will attach the leather cord.

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Sew the scarf to the leather, going through the pre-punched holes with your needle.  I took extra time to make sure I did the very thoroughly, because I have a deep loving connection with my camera and if the strap came apart and I dropped it…..it would not be a good day.  Ha!  

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When you have finished that, cut two pieces of the leather cord, about 8 inches in length.  Run those through the open space between where you punched the holes, at the folded part of the leather. Tie off the leather cord and then securely tie to your camera!  Voila!

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XO-

Nicki

Weekend DIY: gold faceted clay rings

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With spring showing us an early preview here in Memphis, I have been itching to craft!  There’s something about the change of the season that just gets my creative juices flowing.  These faceted clay rings are so fun and easy to make! 

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Materials:

Polymer clay- I am using Craftsmart brand, which I found at Michael’s.  I like this brand because the clay is pretty firm, and I think it holds the shape of the gem mold in this project better than some other brands which are softer.

Clay cutting tool- Hobby Lobby

Ring blanks- I have seen these in Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabrics.  You can also find tons of these on Etsy!

Faceted gem mold – I also found this at Michael’s.  You can also find them here.

Gold leaf gilding -found at most craft stores.  This comes in silver and bronze, too!  I chose gold for this project.

 Jewelry Glue/super glue

First, choose which gem you would like to use in your mold.  I chose one of the smaller ones, because most of the gems in my mold were pretty big, and I wanted a more minimal ring.  Roll out a ball of clay and press it into the mold to make sure you have the right amount. 

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Then, crush up some of the gold leaf into nice tiny pieces.  Take your clay from the mold and gently press one side of it it onto the gold flakes.  Use your fingers to press the flakes the clay so they aren’t trying to fly away.  I gently twisted my clay a few time to get some of the gold flakes to be partially buried in the clay.  

img_0796img_0795When you have the amount of gold you would like on your clay, you’re ready to press it into the gem mold!  Press pretty firmly, and carefully use your clay cutting tool to scrape away any excess slay that might be spilling over the top, and create a nice flat surface for the back of the gem. img_0782 Gently press on the back of the mold to release your gem.  If there is still excess clay, you can use your clay cutter tool to trim it.  Check the package of your clay for baking directions.  I baked mine for 15 minutes at 275 degrees.

Once your clay has finished baking and is cool, check to make sure the gold leaf is secure and not flaking off.  You can coat your gem with clear nail polish to give it a protective coating, and a little extra shine!  Use your jewelry glue to place a small amount on the plate of your ring blank.  Set your gem face down on a table and carefully press the ring blank to it, and leave to dry for at least 20 minutes. Voila! img_0787img_0794img_0793img_0801

 

Happy crafting!  Have a lovely weekend.

 

 xo-

Nicki