Quiet Lion Creations by Allison Beth Cooling

8.09.2016

lillie necklaces



With the lightness of lace and the sheer sparkle of Swarovski flatbacks, these pendant necklaces, although small in size, truly pack a punch!
This is actually a perfect tutorial for anyone who is new to jewelry making. If you are always intimidated by DIY projects, don't fear. This jewelry tutorial is the perfect step into working with higher end materials (sterling silver / precious metal and Swarovski) and I encourage you to try it!

With some glue, filigree components and chain you can have a super sophisticated piece, perfect for both casual outfits and dressy occasions.

 

Use any color crystal flatbacks here to suit your mood. Go for light and like colors, shown here, to wear them layered. Or, choose one focal piece and make it a ravishing rainbow of hues!



I'll show you exactly how I made these three pieces, and don't worry, it doesn't take long. Just give some time for the glue to dry, and you'll be on your way. Feel free to use these pendants as earrings as well!



Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are filigree pendants (silver styles here and gold styles here), rhinestone flatbacks in multiple colors and sizes (some clear stones here and silver stones here), a toothpick and Gem-Tac, necklace chain, 6mm jump rings and flatnose pliers.

I used sterling silver bases here for an upscale look. You can grab sterling chain at any local craft store. Cousin Elegance Metals has many different chains that are pre-made for ease!



Step 2: Crystallize. Use your toothpick to pick up small dabs of glue and place on the filigree pendant. Do not use too much glue here, or it will ooze out the bottom of the pendant - not good!
You can embellish as much or as little as you want! Let the glue dry fully.



The back of the pendant should be clean, without glue webs. It helps to place the crystals fully on metal parts, instead of cutouts.
Simply attach your pendant to a premade necklace chain with your jumpring. Use flatnose pliers to help you open and close the jump rings.



Super simple, yet so sophisticated. I love how these our lightweight, and can be layered for a mix ' n match vibe! Filigree pendants come in so many sizes and shapes-- try using multiple pendants per piece for a super-shiny statement accessory.


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Because I take all photos for my blog, the images within this post are all copyright Allison Beth Cooling for Quiet Lion Creations.
If you'd like permission to use a photo, email me at allison@quietlioncreations.com

8.01.2016

BIRTHDAY BONANZA EXTRAVAGANZA



3......2........1...........IT'S AN EXTRAVAGANZA! πŸ‘‘πŸŽ‚
Black cupcakes (we've nicknamed them SoulCakes as they are yes, black like my soul), unicorns πŸ¦„, party lights, sparkler candles and a quick DIY -- it's a cyber birthday bash celebrating Quiet Lion's fifth birthday, and Mhm That Girl's first year breakthrough into blogging!

If you're a reader, you already know my spiel. However, if you haven't, check out Bianca from Mhm That Girl's blog - an online Wonderland of fairytale friends, EDM and Rave - themed posts, and super cool DIYs. Follow her on FB and INSTA! Her stuff is definitely magical as fck.



As in any collaboration, especially a birthday one, it's a mix of two styles - we'd been planning this collab for a while, and wanted to make sure it perfectly captured the essence of our absolute favorite things. Bianca's love of bright colors and anything fairytale perfectly contrasted my affinity for yes, the color black, and anything slightly (or fully) witchy. πŸ’€



These cupcakes look totally spellbound - complete with edible glitter and fit for any Unicorn Queen, they were the perfect birthday treat for us to make. We took cues from the stars to create micro galaxies on the cakes!



Look at these pretties!
           

Read below to follow our cupcake-making journey. PLUS -- I've included another DIY on how to make these shooting star pendants (seen on Mr. Unicorn above) which DOUBLE as cupcake toppers AND pendants!!!

Let's start ---



Step 1: Gather ingredients. Bianca is the baker in the bunch. I used to be better, but have gotten lazy about the cleaning, which deters me from honing the skill. We kept it somewhat easy peasy in this post, mixing some boxed items with a more DIY approach.

For the cake -we used boxed organic cake mix, vanilla, almond milk, vegan margarine, coconut milk yogurt and black food coloring (a lot of it-story coming soon). I can't say these are absolutely vegan (the yogurt, although dairy free, has live cultures which classify it as non-vegan) so if you do want to make these absolutely positively vegan, use your favorite egg substitute.

For the icing -- powdered sugar, vegan dark chocolate chunks, more margarine and vanilla. It made a chocolatey ganache-like coating, which we were surely not disappointed with.
   

Bianca took the reigns here............



And the Kitchenaid (which I haven't used in years) was resurrected for some mixing action.



And then......the black food coloring. "Now, you just put a few drops of the food coloring into the mix" Bianca says to me, as the drops slowly fall into the mixer. One drop, two drop...PLOP. The ENTIRE container of black food coloring. Quickly blending into the rest of the mix, like dark storm clouds overtaking the blue skies.
I am pleased. She is shocked. "HOW DID I LITERALLY POUR THE ENTIRE FRICKING BOTTLE IN HERE" - she jumps to the laptop, "Can you die from food coloring overdose?!" she frantically Googles.
The batter is black as tar, and that works for me. "Just bake 'em", I say, "They'll look dope in photos". She spends the rest of the day in disbelief.
Rule of thumb: watch the black food coloring, it's sneaky.



Watercolor cupcake liners (we got these at Michaels) offset the monochromatic cupcakes, adding that quintessential "Birthday" vibe. These cakes were off to baking.
 


Bianca had the genius idea of getting BLACK edible glitter to decorate - we made sure to go slow here, so that the entire package of glitter didn't end up on the cupcakes.

This is where the icing came in -- we gently piped it on the surface of the cupcakes, like Magic Shell. All we did to make the icing was simply melt the ingredients on the stovetop, stirring carefully to prevent it from seizing. We piped it when it was still warm so that it hardened on the cupcakes.



To finish off the galaxy-inspired look,we sprinkled on edible star-shaped glitter as well. Bright silvery white, to contrast against the ganache icing.



Now, as promised -- the DIY for these cute cupcake toppers!



Step 1: Gather materials. I used 16g aluminum wire, 4mm bicone crystals, 6mm jump rings, 28g silver wire and roundnose pliers / wire cutters.



Simply draw any shape on tracing paper. I kept it simple for the tutorial, but try fancier things like unicorns (see here) or other magical creatures!



Cut a 6" piece of 16g wire. Trace on top of your drawing, bending gently with the roundnose pliers.



Finish the shape by looping the end, then wrapping the other end around this loop. Cut a 12" piece of 28g wire. Wrap the wire around one side of the star, catching beads in the wraps and pulling tight.



Attach a 6mm jumpring to the top loop - now, it becomes a cool pendant!

Stick in the cupcake - gently - and allow the crystal side to stick out. These edible toppers double as decorations and cool jewelry pieces! Great for any fashionista. Like us.



Take the piece out before snarfing down that cupcake -- and add it to a dainty necklace chain for instant sparkle!!

 
P.S. -- the Emoji confetti I made quickly by simply printing emojis on cardstock. Ok, maybe the cutting part wasn't quick- but now 'imma sprinkle that stuff everywhere. Pink aliens, black hears and moons? I say YAS.





NOW, since you've been a good little reader and stuck with us all the way to the end, PREPARE TO BE REWARDED!!!


We have TWO GIVEAWAYS for our birthdays!!!

Shown below, Bianca's crazy cool crystallized sneakers -- these are amazeballs. All our ravers, EDM lovers, supa kool kids and more -- head over to Bianca's Facebook Page here to LIKE her page, and be entered for a chance to WIN these badboys!

To see what I'm giving away -- head to my FACEBOOK PAGE here !! It's a surprise!!




COPYRIGHT
Because I take all photos for my blog, the images within this post are all copyright Allison Beth Cooling for Quiet Lion Creations.
If you'd like permission to use a photo, email me at allison@quietlioncreations.com

7.26.2016

for those about to rock....



Model credit: FlΓ‘vio Aguirre
Photography copyright Allison Cooling for Quiet Lion Creations

I salute anyone who is reading right now -- you're a Quiet Lion fan, a rockstar, and you definitely love DIY jewelry, am I right?!

Well, it's that time again -- I feel like every summer, I churn out some sort of men's jewelry. Behold 2016's collection -- plenty of metal, the occasional amulet, and even guitar strings and bullets. The colors, bold BLACK X GOLD X RED X BLUE are definitely staples for guys, 'ya can't go wrong. 

My favorite pieces are the men's malas- made with real garnet stones and tibetan pendants, it's definitely a sharp update on the usual bohemian accessory.

Now, back to the guitars. Trend report: guitar string jewelry. I've been seeing this slowly creeping into the mainstream jewelry realm < not that we're mainstream at QLC >, but I definitely think it's a cool idea. I did mine the right way, by using ACTUAL broken guitar strings -- I'm not sure who's supplying these other companies with THAT much string product. But, I won't get political here. Basically, it's like a really thick beading wire (and very stiff), so a little tricky to work with. Use the thinner strings for easier jewelry making. I mixed with more metal beads, garnet and black agate beads.

Finally, them bullets. Again, upcycled, they make a perfectly edgy pendant necklace when paired with quartz points (you can grab great ones, in all colors, on Etsy!) and simple ball chain for a slightly military look. A single Swarovski crystal skull adds serious sparkle (yes, sparkle is OK for guys), especially when mixed with fishbone chain.

I'm definitely planning on some tutorials for these pieces - stay tuned!!

So in the meantime, strike a power chord, light some sparklers, wreak havoc; just don't blame me ;).
 
COPYRIGHT
Because I take all photos for my blog, the images within this post are all copyright Allison Beth Cooling for Quiet Lion Creations.
If you'd like permission to use a photo, email me at allison@quietlioncreations.com