Project DIY: Joan of Arc Collection

27 Nov

Wow, I think that this is just going to be a full DIY week.

I had the GREAT REVEAL of the DIY Challenge yesterday, three of my favorite blog friends (aka the Glue Crew) also posted their DIY Challenge results, and then I have today’s subscription kit…which happens to be called Project DIY!

YAY for DIY and being crafty. Not the sneaky kind of crafty though… the kind covered in glitter and glue.

M&J Trimmings sent me their Project DIY: Joan of Arc Collection box which included their starter kit of tools, as well as everything I needed to make a Joan of Arc inspired cuff and necklace.

DIY box - Joan of ArcThe first thing I noticed was that the quality of the kit was quite impressive. The chain, bracelet cuff and all the details were quite heavy and well-made. I was initially disappointed that the instructions were online (and not provided in the kit), but once I visited the link I found the instruction breakdown and images really helpful.

The first project was the Joan of Arc necklace:

Necklace - 1

Here are all the pieces that need to magically come together into a necklace…

Necklace - 2

First phase done, the pendant and tube beads are attached to the chain mail.

Necklace - 3

I tried a few different variations until I came up with my favorite… and then changed it again when I broke out the glue.

Necklace 4

Look, I’m gluing. You guys smile when you’re gluing right? Maybe not Katie though, who has a history of glue gunning stuff to her face.

Necklace - 5

My finished masterpiece!

Necklace - 6 Joules

I let it dry for 30+ hours and here’s the finished look!

Then, I tried my hand at the Joan of Arc cuff bracelet:

Bracelet - 1

Only a few pieces needed for this project. YAY!

Bracelet - 2

Once again, I tried out a few different designs only to change it all once I started gluing.

Bracelet - 3

It’s like Wonder Woman’s cuff — don’t mess with me!

I think that this kit was definitely high on the ‘coolness’ scale. Each collection is based on runway and street styles, so this would make a great fit for the crafty fashionista friend that is hard to buy for.

Project DIY starter kitI also really like that they included a starter kit with needle nose pliers, a wire cutter, chain nose pliers, a jump ring opener, assorted clasps, earring hooks, jump rings and chain extenders. It’s a nice little package of everything you really need to start with this type of jewelry work… and much better than trying to wrap the wire around a pencil or wrench or something.

If you are interested in trying out a subscription for yourself or purchasing one as a gift, check them out here .

Disclosure: I was provided a Project DIY kit to review; however all thoughts and opinions in this review are my own. I am not rewarded or compensated in any way if you click through to purchase a Project DIY kit.


3 Responses to “Project DIY: Joan of Arc Collection”

  1. Jenny November 27, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    Lucky! M & J trimmings has wonderful trims!!!
    It makes sense they would sent out some quality craft items

  2. Quirky Chrissy November 27, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Pretty! I love the create your own jewelry aspect!

  3. Words for Worms November 27, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Glue in a syringe?! Yikes! This doesn’t sound like it’s for the faint of DIY heart… Or those prone to gluing things to their faces.

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