For weeks now, I’ve been cyberstalking, e-window shopping and just plain ogling the gloriously cheerful accessories of Tom Binns (to be honest, Erickson Beamon and Shourouk, too) and I’ve fallen head over heels in love with the contemporary elegance of their uniquely eye-catching designs. I decided to create a few pieces inspired by these bright and bold designs using some materials that I had around the house — because if you can’t B-U-Y, then D-I-Y!
- Rhinestone jewellery
- nail polish
- top coat
- aluminum foil
Lay a sheet of aluminum foil across your work surface and place your supplies on the foil paper. The aluminum foil will keep your work surface free of nail polish.
Start painting the gems with your chosen nail polish colours; for this project, I used ACO Nail Polish from Ardene in Aruba Wave, Neon Yellow and Neon Pink, as well as Faces Stockholm for J. Crew in Crush Worthy. If you’re using neon nail polish, you may want to prep your faux gems with white nail polish so that the neon really pops. Let the painted gems dry for approximately 30 min.
Add two layers of top coat; this seals in the colour and brings a bit of shine. Again, let the earrings dry for 30 minutes in between coats. Et voilà! Your creations are ready to wear.
The best part of this DIY is that the materials are relatively inexpensive (the H&M earrings that I used cost $5.95 each), the steps are very simple and the end results are, frankly, superb. And if you make a mistake? You can clean it all up with nail polish.
Septembre Anderson is a passionate journalist, blogger and fashion enthusiast who lives, works and shops in Toronto, ON. Her work has appeared in FASHIONMagazine.com, FILLERMagazine.com, HuffingtonPost.ca, and Sway magazine. Read her posts every Wednesday on Slice.ca.