There are some obvious trends that re-emerge every summer; bright colours, wearing all white & of course, florals! This year, we’re not just seeing it worn from head to toe, we’re also seeing three dimensional flowers embroidered and stitched onto outfits and accessories. Chictopian Whitney of alaLadywolf happened to cover the floral trend this week in her article Flower Power Fashion and teaches us how to thrift the trend.
We spotted some amazing sunglasses backstage at the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 runway that are a definitely must have. Taking flowers to the next level, avant garde sunglasses designer a-morir makes a version of floral sunglasses that are like a flower crown for your eyes! Yes please! This week, we’re gonna teach you how we DIYed a pair with things we had lying around at home. Warning: this tutorial requires a lot of patience! :)
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- polymer clay in a few different colours
- an oven
- aluminum foil
- goop glue
[ MIX COLOURS ] – This step is optional if you have the correct colours of polymer clay! It’s really easy to mix your own colours though. We didn’t have any pink lying around but you can really easily mix white with a dash of red by kneading the clays together until the colour is even.
[ MOLD FLOWERS ] – Now take small pinches of your clay and divide it. Start by making a little “noodle” and a few balls. Then flatten the noodle and spiral it around itself and flatten each of the balls between your fingers. Then you can attach each flattened ball (your flower petals) onto the spiralled bit! And add more petals on the outside to make the flower fuller.
[ MAKE DOZENS ] – This part is the most tedious part of the whole process. It took me about 2 hours to make all the flowers to cover the entire glasses. If you don’t have the patience though, you can easily buy some flower beads or cabochons from a craft store! I just wanted a customized look :)
[ BAKE ] – Check the instructions on your polymer clay packages for how to bake your creations.
[ GLUE ] – Using goop, apply your flowers to your glasses one at a time. You can stop after adding a couple of flowers on the outer edges if you’re going for the Dolce & Gabbana look, but if you’re going all out, continue applying them all the way around! Allow the glue to set for 24 hours & you’re ready to rock them :)
Images by Syl and Sam & from Chictopia Photo of Glasses backstage at Dolce and Gabbana FW2012 from Vogue.com Photo of Cass Sunglasses from A-Morir.com