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Jewelry Destash from New Hampshire

I was so excited to receive this huge bag of junk jewelry from my awesome cousin in New Hampshire. Shout out to Jess! Thanks so much!

Looking forward to digging in and making some great new stuff with all these great pieces :) And then I’ll send Jess a new necklace made from all this great stuff!

Send in your old and tired jewelry and get a new piece back for free | from 9000things

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Necklace Rehab at 9000things

We all have those things that we hang onto forever even though we rarely if ever use them. They live in the back of our closets and in the bottom of our junk drawers. We keep them because we have “emotions” and “memories” and that prom dress from 15 years ago that is stained and will never fit again and was only relevant in the 90s has SENTIMENTAL VALUE, okay??!!

Junior Prom Dress - white polyester with glitter dots and rhinestone straps

*white polyester with glitter dots and rhinestone straps, two side slits, plus a sheer white shoulder wrap.

This especially applies to wardrobe pieces and in particular: jewelry. It might be broken, or outdated or there’s only really one thing about it that you like. But still it remains, totally neglected, tangled in a jewelry box on a dresser.

You need:

Necklace Rehab by 9000 things

This isn’t an entirely new concept: most of the things I make are from pieces of old and broken jewelry. There are blogs like A New Dress A Day and others who transform tired clothing into adorable, trendy outfits. The Stuffed Animal Hospital is indeed a thing.

Camille (a friend) had this vintage Mardi Gras necklace with beautiful glass beads. The clasp was broken, which is easily fixable, but Camille has the best taste in jewelry around and she’s always rocking something unusual and awesome. The necklace had a lot of potential, but needed a serious makeover.

Of course, I lost the before photo (like a boss). But it looked approximately like this:

Vintage Mardi Gras Beads at Necklace Rehab | 9000 things

I borrowed that photo from an ebay store that sells vintage mardi gras beads.

On the basic concept that Things Look Better When Organized, I took the beads apart and rearranged them, added some vintage chain I had hanging around, made a pendant with the larger, unique beads and made this badass, asymmetrical retake on the classic Mardi Gras necklace.

Vintage Mardi Gras Beads After Necklace Rehab | 9000 things

Hope you enjoy your new necklace, Camille!

Got a necklace that you adore, but never wear?
Jewelry need a facelift?
Get at me!

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Jewelry Destash from Southern CA

Woo wooo! New shipment of old and broken jewelry from Los Angeles. Can’t wait to start pulling these apart and remaking them into fresh, fun pieces. There’s some good stuff in here for an Art Deco inspired line that I’m planning…

Send me your old and broken jewelry and get a new necklace back! | 9000things

Those teal beads are gorgeous! I’m thinking something like this for summer.

Yay Jenn! Thanks for thinking of me while you were Spring Cleaning! I’ll contact you to determine the terms of our trade agreement ;)

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DIY Salvaged Jewelry Display Tutorial

Update: Hey everyone from Pinterest! These DIY jewelry displays have been getting a lot of attention lately, so I decided to give the tutorial a little revamp. Enjoy ;)
Oh! And let me know if I can improve my design, or share your jewelry display with me on the 9000things facebook page.

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A few weeks ago I realized all these new products I’ve been making require a new craft show display. So… off to the local flea market to find supplies! I totally love how these came out.

DIY Jewelry Display Tutorial - Vintage Wooden Boxes - by 9000things

I had this rough idea of what I was looking for at the flea market:
Cheap wooden crates (mine were rickety and needed some love and extra nails) $5 each
Small hinges $1 per pair
Scrap wood panels (had these in my stash)
Lots of random mismatched drawer knobs plus hardware $3 for a handful

And I had all this stuff on hand:
Various bolts, screws and nails
Drill and drill bits
Hammer
Flathead screwdriver
Ruler
Pencil
Sandpaper

Step 1: score a bunch of awesome crates from the flea market, recycle center and the local wine shop:

Raw wooden crates from a flea market - 9000 things

These ones have already been fixed up a little bit (hammer time!)

In case you can’t find enough wooden crates, the scrap wood panels will act as a cheat. Here I took two 1x10s that are about 28″ long and connected them with 2 small hinges in the back.

Upcycled jewelry display - 9000 things

Wider is better as far as stability. When set at a 90° angle, these panels stand on their own. So simple.

Next, measure a few inches from the top of each crate and draw a level line to make sure that your knobs will line up. Then mark out where you want to drill your holes – where the knobs will be positioned.

Salvaged materials jewelry display for craft shows - 9000 things

I found that between 3 and 4 inches is best for hanging necklaces, and I tried to keep it consistent across all the crates, making sure to center everything. You only need to leave about 1.5 inches on the sides.

Next, match your drill bit with the width of the bolts attached to your knobs. There’s some amount of standardization in knob bolt, with an exception here and there. Drill the holes!

Craft show jewelry display tutorial from found materials - 9000 things

(Those are not MY hairy arms)

Sandpaper those holes real quick to get rid of any splinters. And then, here’s the fun part… Check out this medley of mismatched salvaged drawer knobs:

Salvaged vintage drawer knobs for a jewelry display - 9000 things

I collected these all in one day at the flea market and I spent a grand total of $13! Here’s a tip: check out the guys who have a huge amount of old tools and hardware in various crazy boxes. The vendors I talked to were happy to offload this stuff and I just had to do a little digging. Basically anything less than $1 per knob is a great deal!

Last step is to find the right size bolts for the drawers and put them all together. It’s helpful if you have a rando bolt stash to go through. You’ll probably need to use a flathead screwdriver to make sure the knobs are secure.

DIY Craft show jewelry display tutorial - 9000 things

Don’t they look awesome?! I’m so in love with this project and it only took ONE day from start to finish!

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Washi Tape Price Tag Tutorial

Make Your Tags Less Boring!

Time to spice up the lame white price tags on your products. I have a whole bunch of those plastic price tags on string from the store and I decided they needed a little makeover. This is super easy with lots of benefits.

DIY Washi tape price tags tutorial - by 9000things

 

 

First, the materials:

Washi Tape Price Tags Tutorial - 9000 things

Just plastic price tags, scissors and bright neon washi tape.

All you do is cut the washi tape into little rectangles and stick them onto one side of the tags.

Make your plastic price tags way cuter with washi tape | DIY tutorial by 9000 things

And now you have adorable, eye catching price tags that are reusable! Pull the tag off after every sale. I also use this method to track inventory, making notes of the tags I’ve collected when I get home. Then, just remove the marked up washi tape and repeat.

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Learning to Weave on a Loom

By the way, I’m also taking a weaving course right now. Here’s my very first attempt at weaving!

Learning to weave on a loom - 9000things

I’m going for an ombre effect, from cream to mint green to turquoise with a bold pink salmon/peach stripe at the neck of what I assume is going to be a scarf?

Weaving is fun! Highly recommend.

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Junk Jewelry Score #1

Seeking old/broken jewelry for reuse!

Huge score with this assortment of vintage, broken and junk jewelry from a friend in Somerville, MA.

Here’s the trade agreement: a big bunch of old/broken/out-dated jewelry in exchange for one finished necklace made from the pieces (as well as other things I have laying around).

This awesome trade has crystal chandelier teardrops, funky vintage wood slice beads, bejeweled buttons, some old chains, two 70s looking clay earrings and lots more!

Junk jewelry for upcycle necklaces - 9000things

Junk jewelry in ombre pink and gold - 9000things

These vintage faded pink wooden beads, when arranged from high fade to low, make an ombre gradient that will make a nice one of a kind recombinant necklace.

UPDATE: Here’s Amanda’s finished necklace made from some of the things she gave me!

Remix Necklace from old and broken jewelry | 9000 things

This box of goodies had a lot of loose beads, vintage buttons and silvertone chains. The jeweled leaf on the left hand side is a piece from a vintage bracelet. The blue and green beads and the clear button with the crystal were all in there too!

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Washi Tape Yay!

How much fun is this?

Washi Tape Tower - 9000things

So many possibilities!

I just bought a bunch of washi tape to make art to sell at the SoWa Open Market this season. Come check me out in Boston every Sunday from May to October!

Follow me on facebook for a preview of awesome things to come ;D

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Designing Business Cards

People always ask me about my business cards – the front is minimal and informative, the back is abstract decorative. The bold graphic on the back is the initial attention-grabber, and then with the pretty part out of the way, the front can remain clean and simple with easy to find contact info.

Ringgg business card design diy - 9000things

Yet the two sides seem to fit together a little too well. And here’s where my training in process art comes in handy… I love telling people about these little secrets that I embed in my designs. Their eyes light up when they discover another layer to the object which isn’t at first obvious.

So, here’s the photo on the front of the card:

Ringgg business card design 1 - 9000things

… now let’s zoom in…

Ringgg business card design 2 - 9000things Ringgg business card design 3 - 9000things Ringgg business card design 4 - 9000things

Do you see it? It’s so simple, it borders on downright laziness.

Ringgg business card design 5 - 9000things

Also, the three colors on the ‘ggg’ of Ringgg are just color picked from this same photo. Yay!

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Awesome DIY Craft Show Display

Wanna learn how to make this homemade jewelry display?? Read on!

homemade craft show display

In February of this year (2012), I launched a project called Ringgg and it has been really fun! Everything under the Ringgg brand is made from reused coiled telephone cord from tag sales and Goodwill and recycle centers. And I started an etsy store and all that, but I have deep roots in craft shows and wanted to get back to that.

So I needed a display and I just wasn’t finding anything that worked for me. I want the look to be clean and white and design-y. Think apple store but lower tech ;)

I love love love making things, so I just decided to make it myself!

I went to Urban Ore in Berkeley to get some supplies. I was thinking wooden frame, painted white, with dowels to hold the ringggs. I couldn’t believe it when I ran smack into these:

jewelry display crate

How perfect! Two halves of a shipping crate, each measuring roughly 22″ x 22″ x 8″ deep. (Seriously, do this. My display breaks down and folds together into it’s own shipping crate. So much win.)

Next, I sketched what I wanted – a frame inside the boxes with diagonal dowels. Let me pause here to suggest: Never go diagonal. The only reason that this worked is a) I am a perfectionist b) I’m good at problem solving, and c) my boyfriend is a math expert. Here’s what I sent him:

display sketch

Super easy.

I started by sanding off anything that could potentially splinter. Being sure, of course, to follow the clothing recommendation on the back of the sandpaper… haha!

sandpaper illustration instagram

I taped off the edges of the crates. I wanted the entire inside to be white and the outside to retain the raw wood. Then I primed and painted two coats of just slightly off-white semi-gloss.

handmade jewelry display tutorial

Easy part done! While that was drying I pulled out my trusty mitre saw and got to work. I built a simple frame that would fit inside the crate and got to cutting the diagonal dowels. My math was specific to the size of my crates, but if I were to do it again, I make the dowels vertical. So, just cut a bunch of dowels at the exact size of the inside of the frame!

I put my frame together with finishing nails and wood glue and let that dry. Then I laid the dowels inside and marked off where they would hit the frame. I marked the top and bottom of each dowel, found the center of those two marks and brought them down the inside face with a speed square. I also marked the vertical center of the legs of the frame to get little cross marks where I drilled.

homemade display unit

You can see from this photo that I left two opposite corners tacked in but not finished. That’s because with the diagonal dowels, I needed to be able to get to the inside with a power drill, so I had to pull the two ‘L’s apart. Not necessary with non-diagonals!

And now for the biggest manual hack I’ve ever done! Using a speed square as a fence, I drilled a 45° angle through each cross mark on the inside of the frame. (Always drill from the inside out)

drilling at an angle hack

My sincerest apologies to people who know how to do this correctly! Just working with what I got :)

Final step in frame building is to glue and nail everything together. I used corner vices to hold the 90° angle while I hammered everything together, otherwise it can get a little parallelogram-y…

I didn’t predrill the dowels, just stuck the nails in the frame and then hammered them the rest of the way and into the dowels.

diy jewelry display tutorial

Don’t worry, I didn’t leave all those little nails hanging out everywhere like a fool! A nail setter and some wood putty and a final sanding made everything look beautiful. Last step was to prime and paint and paint again and VOILA!

DIY wood display unit

Looks awesome, right?!

Not going to lie, this was a major undertaking. This thing took me multiple days of work. But here’s a materials list :)

crates
1 x 2 stock (enough to line crates)
4 4″ pine dowels
hand sander and sandpaper (100 grit)
painters tape
paint brushes
1 qt of primer (water based)
1 qt of off-white acrylic semi-gloss
hammer
finishing nails
power drill and small bit
mitre saw
speed square
nail setter
corner vices (2)
wood putty
a level work surface (similar to the cobble stone of my back patio)

And here’s an instagram shot of the finished display at my first show at SoWa!

“>jewelry display tutorial instagram

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