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Free DIY Tutorial : Christmas Ornament / Bag Charm

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.
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Bag Charm/Ornament: Joyce @ Angelica Brigade
Nails: Illamasqua rubber finish nail varnish in Nurture



Step One:
Trace the pattern onto the stiffened felt and then cut the pattern with 1/8″ (3 mm) seam allowance

(Steps two & three: Please refer to Figure 1 for reference)
Step Two:
“Color” the design using satin stitch
Use the #5 embroidery floss with #1 embroidery needle

figure 1

figure 1

Step Three:
Bead the outline of the design using 3mm fire-polished beads
Start from the middle
Bead the edges last

Step Four:
Cut approx. 4″ of grosgrain ribbon and fold it in half
Stitch the ribbon onto the back  side of the piece
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Step Five:
Lazy stitch the #11 cylinder beads on the upper part of the design
(the empty spot I marked on Figure 1)

Step Six:
Trim the excess stiffened felt
Try to match the edges of the stiffened felt with the outermost edges of the fire-polished beads
While cutting the felt, keep your scissors perpendicular to the floor
And, be careful not to cut the tread with which you beaded the piece

Step Seven
If you want to use it as a Christmas tree ornament, you might want to repeat Steps 1-3 and 5-6
and glue the identical pieces back to back
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You can glue it onto a piece of felt or ultrasuede
(Note: The quality and thickness of the felt or ultrasuede matters as the glue might seep through and stain thinner fabrics)

USEFUL TIP: If you decide to glue it onto a piece of felt or ultrasuede . . . Lining the top edge of the beaded ornament with a straight edge of the felt can make the trimming process much easier

If you decide to glue it onto a piece of felt or ultrasuede
Lining the top edge of the beaded ornament with a straight edge of the felt can make the trimming process much easier

Step Seven:
Bead the outermost edge of the design using #6 round seed beads
Use clean edge finishing technique <— the technique seen in #14-17 of that page

Step Eight:
Make a bow using using 10″ grosgrain ribbon
Dab a dot of hot-melt glue on the back of the ribbon and stick it onto the design
Prewashing this ribbon can prevent it from fraying
But, if I use craft-store-bought ribbon, I usually melt its ends with candle flame
(If you decide to do the same, please proceed with caution)

Step Nine:
Using a jump ring or split ring, connect the swivel clip onto the loop of ribbon on the top part of the ornament.

Feel free to reproduce this ornament/bag charm for commercial purposes, BUT:
On your product description, please write: Original design by Joyce at www.angelica-brigade.com
Since I won’t be the person who create the piece you’ll sell in your shop . . . To avoid possible misunderstandings . . . Please use your own images to market your version(s) of this ornament/bag charm

If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to contact me by writing a comment on the reply box below. (Don’t worry if you don’t see your message on this page right away)

Alternately, you can also contact me via Facebook

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This upcoming Sunday:
Failed! And learned (a lot!!) from that failure – A misadventure in designing a hair accessory

Next Wednesday:
Free Tutorial: Christmas-Themed Hair Accessory

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This Week’s Finds: OPI Nail Polish and Japanese Snacks

I LOVE this OPI Liquid Sand nail polish in Stay the Night. I’ve been so into textile-inspired nail lacquers, and this one is one of my favorite nail polishes of all time.

Some people worry that this kind of nail polish doesn’t last very long. But you know what . . . it’s not true!!! I work with my hands & wash my hands plenty of time during the day but my nails looks just fine . . . May be it’s because I put 2 layers of nail proteins before I applied the nail polish onto my nails (I use Nailtiques Formula 2)?

Anyway, I do recommend putting one or two layers of base coats before you wear super glittery & textured nail polishes because some of the glitters will stick onto your nails & they won’t come off easily.

Anyway, this nail polish color looks a lot like lurex fabric I used to create this giant floral clip, no?

opi liquid sand stay the night nail polish nails lacquer manicure lacquer

Anyway  . . .

I also LOVE this limited edition Japanese Snack: Unagi no Kabayaki Giant Pretz ( a.k.a. eel-flavored bread sticks )

Sounds odd, doesn’t it?! But, it ‘s super delicious! It tastes like a very delicious Unagi Donburi. Glico gets it just right. I bought mine at Mitsuwa Marketplace in California … but it might be available in other Japanese grocery shops as well.

Giant Pretz - Unagi Flavor - Limited Edition - Japanese Snack great yummy glico bread stick crackers

In case you are wondering what unagi donburi is  . . . you can read more about it here >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unadon

Image by 663highland via Wikipedia

Image by 663highland via Wikipedia

That’s it for now, guys!!!

Got to edit the AngelicaBrigade website so it’ll be fully renovated by Sunday night (February 17, 2013)

Geometric / Mod / 1960s-inspired Nail Art

Inspired by one of Spring 2013’s fashion trend: Bold geometric prints.

geometric nail art tutorial hot pink neon fuchsia and cool gray zoya nail polish nail art nail lacquer

Products used:

  • Nailtiques Formula 2 Nail Protein
  • Zoya Professional Nail Lacquer in Kristen (cool gray)
  • Zoya Professional Nail Lacquer in Jolene (neon / bright fuchsia)
  • (Optional – for extra sparkles): O.P.I. Nail Lacquer in Last Friday Night (blue glitter)

You can use any color you want, but I recommend using opaque, full-coverage nail polishes; ; otherwise:

  • You can’t form crisp (& visible) line without putting 2 layers of each nail polish before moving onto the next step.
  • What’s so bad about it? Unless you can make sure that you can prevent yourself from moving your hands for a few hours, you’ll end up with imperfect / uneven/  bumpy-lookling nail art.

Here are the steps:
1. I always start by using this nail protein as base coat.

2. Put the one layer of nail polish (In this picture, Color #1 : Cool gray)

3. After the first layer’s completely dry, put one layer of the second color  (In this picture, Color #2 = Neon / bright fuchsia).

3. After the previous layer’s completely dry, put one layer of Color #1 nail polish

4. Repeat.

5. If you want, paint a layer of glitter on top of it.

6. Put one layer of top coat. As usual, I use Nailtiques Nail Protein instead.

By the way, if we don’t wait for the previous layer(s) to dry before we paint another layer of nail polish,  the lines the layers create will look wobbly (see below). I made that mistake the first time I tried to create this nail art.


Friday Finds: Zoya Pixie Dust Textured Nail Laquer in Dahlia

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Zoya PixieDust in Dahlia – Textured, Matte and Sparkling . . . by my favorite nail polish manufacturer.

Compared to any other brand I tried (and I did try many of them), Zoya nail laquers lasts the longest. It dries fast, flat, & beautifully on my nails. And, unlike several other nail polish brands, the Zoya nail polishes I bought several years ago are still as good as it was the day I bought them. Plus, it doesn’t smell strongly of chemicals.

And if you care about it, it’s vegan friendly and  free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor & dibutyl phtalate (carcinogens & endocrine disruptors)

zoya nail polish spend $25 get 3 free promo coupon january 2013

Anyway, if you are into doing nail arts & located in the U.S., between January 7 – 13, if you spend $25 on Zoya.com you can get 3 bottles of nail laquers for free. But you need to pay $10 for shipping & handling~


The pictures seen in this blog post are not mine. If own the rights to these images & don’t want to see them here, simply let me know & I’ll remove those images from my blog post.

My Nail Color of the Week

Ever since I started my handmade business last year, decorating my nails with crystals & tiny pearls is no longer an option

Working with metals, dyes, & fixatives tend to ruin sculptural nail arts, and I don’t have enough time to fix my nails everytime a crystal pops out / a mini pearl got stained / a glob of hot-melt glue ruin my nail(s) / etc. Plus,  removing sculptural nail arts can be 3-5 (or more) times longer than removing (regular) painted nails.

Plus, as I mentioned in my previous blog post, my overworked hands look a lot redder than it used to. So, I also need to stick to cool hues as well. For quite a long time, I’ve been painting my nails either silver or various shades of cool gray … but, this week, I decided to go with Eggplant Purple:

Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Zoya Nail Polish Pinta Professional Lacquer Nail Color Eggplant Purple Fall Autumn Photo by @k_joyz of Angelica Brigade

It’s Pinta by Zoya Natural Nail Polish

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As usual, I put one layer of Nailtiques Formula 2 as base coat. After that, I put 2 layers of the same nail protein as top coats. The nail protein makes my nails look super shiny, as if they are made out of plastic (just the way I like them). Plus, it makes my nail lacquer last longer.

Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Nailtiques Nail Protein Formula 2 photo by @k_joyz joyz*k of Angelica Brigade

There is one more nail product I rely on:  Lippman Collection‘s Intensive Nail Treatment.

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It moisturizes my nails, keeps my nails strong, removes my cuticles, and helps me to shape my proximal nail folds.

What the heck is proximal nail folds?

This picture is going to answer that question:

In my opinion, no nails (& nail arts) can ever look good if the proximal nail folds are not well-shaped and the cuticles are not removed.

That said, here’s a very old picture (taken in 2007) of one of my old nail art …

I think I’ve moved on …

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