Purple Sparkle

I wasn’t really sure what to “call” this necklace.. and I suspect the result sounds a little like a My Little Pony… but either way, it’s purple, and it’s sparkly.  Done.

It’s not super bling-y like some of my previous projects though, which is a nice change, and it’s also significantly longer. I actually wonder if the proportion of it is a little off. It is the result mostly of some left over beads from another project (which I’ll post about soon).  I love some beads, but I hate when they’re packaged in along with other beads I like a lot less. It either means you use the beads in the combination they’re packaged in (boring!) or have a bunch of less interesting beads leftover to figure out something to do with. That’s where this one came in!

Purple beaded necklace

Purple beaded necklace

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Bat necklace, revisited

Not too long ago, I posted about a Bat Necklace that I made. Well, as I mentioned in the post, I bought TWO of the little bats – and rather than making something different with the second bat, I decided to repeat the necklace.

Second bat necklace

Second bat necklace

So.. now I have two bat necklaces – and I certainly don’t need two!
I made this one the exact same way as the first, by punching the holes with a nail, adding the jump rings and chain, and finishing the back with a drop of glue. The chain is long enough to go over my head, and thus I don’t need a clasp.

Second bat necklace

Second bat necklace

So… do you think I should keep the second necklace, just in case the first gets lost or damaged… or do you think I should give the second necklace away as a gift? Leave me your thoughts in the comments below!

Second bat necklace

Second bat necklace

Dawn’s Corset Class – storage

Once you have your corset (either made or purchased) you’ll need a way to store it.  I’ll share with you some options, as well as tell you how I store my corsets.

For the corsets I wear most often

For corsets I want easy access to, I have those hanging shoe organizers in a closet.  My corsets put away completely dry (if I’ve cleaned them) and unsoiled (leaving dirt and other materials on fabric can weaken them). I gently roll the corset up, making sure that none of the bones are twisted or forced, and gently store them in the pocket hanging in the closet.  The closet keeps the corsets away from scents, dust, smoke, and sunlight.

For longer-term storage

Ideally I’d prefer a non-plastic container, but plastic does protect the corsets against water damage, critters (not that we have any, but since I don’t check on them often, I’d rather not come back to a surprise) along with dust, sunlight, etc.  Plastic can have the downside of scents and other things, but it’s a trade off.

For these corsets I fold them in half, and layer them between layers of plain, unbleached, washed muslin.

A corset of mine with the round nylon cord for back lacing.  (Shown on a dressform, so it doesn't fit properly...

A corset of mine with the round nylon cord for back lacing. (Shown on a dressform, so it doesn’t fit properly…

Other options

Chatting with other corset lovers, I’ve heard a variety of techniques.  If you have others, please leave your suggestions in the comments below!

“Drape corsets over hangers and hang by the laces, hang the hangers in a closet.” – Bella
Consider if this will add additional strain on your laces, if this will be space-efficient, and use light-coloured plastic hangers to avoid colour transferring from the plastic to your laces. (Yep, I’ve had this transfer happen with a bright pink hanger and a light blue shirt.)

“I keep my corsets rolled up in a drawer of the dresser.” – Isabelle

“I use hangers with multiple clips which allows me to hang 3 or 4 corsets in a small space. A small bit of card stock or folded paper towel keeps the clips from marking the corsets.” – John

“I keep mine in pillowcases, its a great way to keep them neat and folded away.” – Angel

“If you want to clip-hang them, you could consider hanging them by the long edge of the modesty panel to avoid marking the visible fabric.” – Dani

Alternately, consider:

  • Folding the corsets and laying them flat (stacked as needed) in drawers.
  • If the corset has hanging loops, hang the corset in the closet from the loops.
  • Store the corset in a corset bag
  • Display your corset on a dress form
  • Folded and stored upright in a deep box

Want more?

If you want more ideas about corsetry and corset inspiration, click the Corset Class category! More will come in the future too! Have tips or ideas to share – leave a note in the comments below!

Extra-Large bead necklace

This project started out with a bit of a hitch, but I love the result.
I picked up the extra-large roundels at Michaels, but when I got them home, they didn’t work the way I had hoped they would, and I set them aside.
Then I was at Beads & Plenty More looking for something else, and saw these gorgeous extra-large crystal beads. I guessed that the size would work (and it did!) with the roundels, so picked up three (they were $1.99 each) along with some floral end caps (at $.25 each) and brought them home.

Wonderful extra-large beads

Wonderful extra-large beads

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