Today I’m excited to unveil a new series on the blog… Designer DIY, where I will be visiting with a few of my favorite designers and working on a project or two with them. As much as I (ADORE) bringing you weekly designer-inspired tutorials, a lot of craftsmanship + hard work goes into creating the original pieces. I am hoping that this series will give you an insider look at how it all goes down behind the scenes and get to know these amazing designers a little bit better!
It was only fitting after our little studio visit to kick things off with the incredible Lisa Salzer of Lulu Frost. We made these beautiful earrings (above) and a necklace that I can’t wait to share with you on Friday.
I brought five old pieces to Lisa… some family treasures that were no longer wearable, and a few sparkly flea market finds. We sat down over coffee and strategized. I was blown away by her ideas. Note: This is actually a service that Lulu Frost offers.. if you have old family heirlooms or jewels you don’t regularly wear, you can send them to her and she will reconstruct them into something beautiful/relevant for today. (Just shoot them an email!)
I’m going to get to the project details in just a second… but first, can we just pause and admire this crazy cool jewelry display wall that she made with my pals at Honestly WTF!?
To make the earrings, we decided that we’d split up the red + crystal buckle into two “pendants” to make earrings. Lisa first used wire nippers to remove the back of the buckle (just some errant clips) and then a metal file to smooth out the backs.
From there, Lisa used a drill to gently pop out one crystal on each side of the pendants… I have always been a bit afraid of my drill, but she was a master. Maybe I will give mine another shot after this.
Next, we wandered over to Lisa’s (incredible) wall of chain to select a delicate brass chain to connect to the pendants. Also – how gorgeous is she!? One of the most stylish human beings, like ever… if you ask me.
And voila… the finished piece. I feel so lucky to own these amazing earrings – made from my old vintage find, by one of my absolute favorite designers. Stay tuned for Friday, where we make a beautiful necklace. We also have a little reader challenge for you… get excited!
photos of Lisa and I by Lexi Cross. all other photos by me.