Let me show you how to up-cycle and keep timeless pieces evolving and adapting artistically through the years. This literally took me 5 mins to put together!
Do you ever find yourself, scrolling through your Instagram feed on the daily, seeing different things you want to buy or wish you could make yourself? Well….of course you do! I know I’m guilty of that a lot! I’m always seeing things that I might have the materials to make, but never think about going any further from there. Even with me being an artist, we don’t always make everything we have or want. Sometimes I’ll just buy it or save the page and forget I wanted it! In this case it was too easy and quick to pass up!
I have DIY’d a lot of things, but after crushing on “ALV Jewelry’s” website I knew this would be my most easiest DIY ever! No shade, by any means to this company for creating these unique, authentic, up-cycled pieces with vintage Louis Vuitton locks. I admire the idea! For those like me, that want to save some money ($150) because you already have locks from your LV purses laying around or attached to your speedy bags this is for you! If not, then at the end of my post I’ll drop the store website in for you to purchase their creation! In my possession, I have about two LV vintage locks with keys. One I keep on my speedy the other is in my jewelry box. I also had a gold chain and metal super glue just laying around so literally this cost me $0 dollars! See everything below!
DIY in 5 Minutes
Up-cycled LV Vintage Lock & Key Necklace
-Vintage Louis Vuitton Lock & Key (serial on both)
-Gold chain of your choosing
-Loctite Super glue liquid or any kind of metal super glue. (Thinner consistency the better!)
- Paper Towel
1. Get a clean work area to work on in case glue spills. I suggest covering your table with something Incase you have some leakage out of the lock shaft.
2. Gather all materials.
3. Take lock, key and fit them together. Do a test run before you apply glue to make sure you don’t mess up. You want to make sure you close the lock first, then push key in slowly and make sure it’s flush. Once glue is in place that’s a wrap!
4. Heres the real thing! Take your key out after testing and place loctite glue over bottom half of key. Do this for the key front and back, only on lower half.
5. Push key back in closed lock swiftly hard and make sure it’s flush before you lay it down to set. Make sure you wipe around the key insert area for any extra glue leakage before it dries. I suggest letting this dry 24hrs. If you are impatient like me and can’t wait until the glue sets it will probably quick set in 5 minutes flat! Then you can wear it out with light use.
6. Last, get a gold chain of your choosing in type and length and run it through the lock opening! Your all set! Wah Lah…you have your very own DIY LV lock necklace! You shining!
The above pics show the online stores version, then the remaining two photos are mine! Please follow me on my Instagram @artistically_adaptive and website https://www.artisticallyadaptive.com for more art, DIY, food, fun and lifestyle content!
Hanging and on display!
If you want to purchase it here is your link! They have so many cool things for purchase other then this necklace! 1st Photo above and below courtesy of ALV Jewels not mine!
Every year I try to take on a new project for interior design in my house or a clients. This year it’s cleaning out my junk room, as I call, it in my basement! I know your thinking, what is a junk room? You know what it is! It’s when all the junk you don’t know what to do with, clutters up one room in your house. I plan to de clutter this room and make it my in house artist studio. Being an artist, always has me thinking how can my work fit into a space and enhance it’s elegance? In interior design, there are several factors to making a space cohesive. There is the furniture, organization, design, theme, color, texture and art of course. Art is a big part of turning a drab space into something interesting and making it yours.
One of my favorite stores for design inspiration is CB2 in Georgetown, for in store and of course online. You can imagine how excited I was, when I received an invitation to a special interior design event sponsored by them. So of course I quickly hit that RSVP button to attend! I always want to learn new updated design tips, so I can cater my artwork to what the consumers want. The event was amazing, balancing an interior design knowledge portion by Monika of Zigzag Studios of DC with a reset DIY smudge stick activity. I enjoyed the question and answer section she allowed, because I did have some questions. This was my first time making a smudge stick and it was very fun! We also had the opportunity to look at the newest design ideas and products in the store.
I would love to know what are your design ideas for the new year. Are you cleaning out a space and refreshing it like me or resetting a space that needs a sprucing up? Remember paint always can turn a space brand new! Art is key and change to keep updating is ok! Please let me know what art you have in your space that means the most to you! Thanks again Refinery29 x CB2 x domino for the lovely invite to this amazing, insightful event! Art studio here I come! Below are DIY instructions to make your own smudge stick to reset your space!!!
DIY Smudge Sticks to Reset and Cleanse Your Space
4 - 5 rose buds or lavender sprigs
Roughly 15 sprigs of fresh herbs, like rosemary, sage and thyme
1. Start by trimming your flowers and herbs to size. Secure a long piece of twine around the base of your herb bundle and continue wrapping it until you reach the top. You want to make sure to wrap the twine as tightly as you can so that it stays bound when the flowers dry and shrink.
2. When you reach the top, tie your twine securely and trim the excess. Trim off any herbs that happen to be sticking out of the bundle.
3. Set your smudge stick aside and allow it to dry for at least two weeks.
4. To use, light your dried smudging stick with a lighter or match.
Starting at the Eastern most room of your home, circle around the room clockwise, wafting the smoke as you go.
Continue moving in a clockwise direction through the rest of your home, purifying each room similarly.
5. Finally, extinguish the smoke under either running water and set it aside to dry. You can reuse the same smudge stick until there is nothing left to burn.
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Montpelier Arts Center “Chronicles of
the African American Journey through Fiber Arts”
If you have read my previous blog posts, you
know art and creativity has always been a big part of my life from the
beginning. I was born into a whole family of creatives so “Art” plays a big role
in my day to day functions. This time it was time to let the light shine of my
mom, Andrea Stockton-Barton for this post! She’s taught me everything I know as
an artist, and I love how we can interact together, now that I’m a professional
artist like her. It’s truly a blessing to see how every year we can support one
another with our art openings and exhibits. My mom currently has her art on
display at the Montpelier Arts center, for their “Chronicles of the African
American Journey, through Fiber Arts” exhibit. We attended the artist reception
on Feb. 8th around 3pm, located on the basement 2nd level
of the building. The second level houses the art center’s current exhibits on
display and houses artist studios during residency periods.
My mother has a BFA degree from Pratt
Institute in NYC, with her specialty focus in “Fiber Arts.” As an artist she
wears many hats in different areas but her currently love is quilting different
fabrics together to form an intricate artwork. In the exhibit at Montpelier she
has two pieces on display that tell stories, of the African American journey
through her artistic knowledge and appreciation. Her first larger, wall hanging
piece is entitled “Motherland”, showing viewers the journey of how African masks
and the animals of Africa have correlations. This piece was designed through
initial sketches, and quilted with different colorful fabric prints. The second
piece takes you on a journey, portrayed through the colorful eyes of my mother,
who translates “Harriet’s Sunrise to Freedom” through a framed fiber art. The
artwork is a colorful burst of happiness! That illustrates through my
interpretation, how Harriet Tubman must have felt, once she made her way to
truly being free.
The whole exhibit is so beautiful and cohesively
curated by the arts center. I have many other favorites that art on display
which I will post pictures of. Everything exhibited is fiber art, but creatively
made in 2D and 3D pieces. This is a must see exhibit for all ages and perfect
for Black History month celebration activity. Below I will list all the info
for the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD.
Arts Center (Exhibition up through March)
Want to see
more fiber art from Andrea Stockton-Barton? Visit her art experience here!