Hip-Hop embodies all that is ethnic and graphic. The genre appears materialistic on the surface to some, but roots are deeply implanted in traditional styles and sounds. You can consider it “cultural authentication” through music. Jewelry, tattoos, make-up and even hairdos like the mohawk are all inspired by tribal influences and indigenous people. Transcending cultural norms into fashion is what “Urban Couture” is all about. A balance of bling and nature, soft and hard, shiny and dull; strengthen the fabric of the hip hop reality. One where the urban couture diva rocks, jewel encrusted leather pieces. (Traditionally jewelry speaks to status, so feel free to bling this piece out. )
*Try a tribal pattern as inspiration.
*You can get jazzy on a flat leather surface(ring/earrings/bracelet) as opposed to a braided base(necklace).
*While applying the rhinestones pay close attention to the pattern. People tend to zoom in on what is on your hands and ears, make it mesmerize, not cause a migraine.
*The ring and earrings are simple. Once complete, the bracelet and necklace will not seem like such a challenge.
Supplies: Plain sterling silver band and flat stud earrings, swarovski rhinestones, leather, leather glue, leather needle, ruler/tape, white marking pencil, scissors, hammer and sandpaper.
Ring and Earrings: Draw three 1 inch rectangles on the leather. Cut them out and spot glue one on the ring, one on each earring, evenly covering the flat part. Draw two more triangles on the leather, three inches on each side and cut them out. Draw one more triangle on the leather, 1 inch one each side, and cut out. Using sand paper lightly scrape the surface and spot glue to add the rhinestones.
Bracelet: Using the ruler as a guide, draw a 9×3 inch rectangle on the leather with a white marking pencil. Measure (lengthwise) 1 inch from the left and draw a parallel line. Repeat on the right side and cut out the rectangle. Add straps, snaps, zippers, more leather strips, or ties for closure on each end. What’s cool is you have the option to adjust the width and length to your liking. Bling and other design details are at your discretion.
Necklace: Using the ruler as a guide draw a 21×3 inch rectangle on the leather. Divide the rectangle horizontally into 1/3’s and mark it with the white pencil. Use sand paper to lightly scrape the leather surface and horizontally cut the strips until you’re 1/2 inch from the opposite end. Make a loose leather braid and secure on the ends with a spot of glue. Beat the braid with a hammer at last twenty times, or until you flatten it as mush as desired. Once it dries spot glue the scratched surface and add the rhinestones or design detailing of your choice. Glue the two ends together and hammer the closed end flat.
You’re “red carpet ready”! Stay tuned,MUAH aaand scene.
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