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Trend of the Month: “Arm Candy”






TREND

It’s not enough to tote a clutch or cross-body bag these days—anyone can do that. Now it’s all about putting your stamp on it, getting creative with customization, and setting your own fashion standards. Giving your accessory its own accessory, if you like.

We’re talking bold embellishment with a more-is-more attitude. Floral motifs get updated with 3D applications for a hyper-real feel—Fendi and Prada showed this look on their runways. Gem-encrusted patterns have elaborate, oversized design details. Irony and wit, fun and femininity rule supreme. Think decorative charms dangling gracefully from a chain strap; playful winks from emoji appliqués; daisy chains woven through a shoulder strap; heart shapes that have a “pop” feel; or spectacular crystals that will elevate an otherwise unremarkable bag to something out of this world. Go grown-up, girly, or simply gorgeous, but start dancing to your own fashion tune, any which way you want!

TECHNIQUES

Gluing: Gather up your crystals, tweezers, a tube of two-component glue, and a soft cloth for wiping away excess glue. Make sure the surface is clean, dry, and free from grease or oil. Pick up a crystal with the tweezers, place it in position, and press down gently. Curing time and final gluing strength depend on ambient temperature: it takes 24 hours at room temperature, but you can speed up the process by placing the item in a warm oven (100ºC / 212º F max.) for up to 1 hour.

Sewing: Sew crystal settings onto your base, insert the crystals of your choice into the settings, and then simply close the claws over the crystals with a pair of pliers. Easy.

Wiring: Wire is easy to apply to all kinds of designs. Choose wire that will pass through the smallest bead hole in your design. You’ll need chain-nose and/or round-nose pliers and wire or pins in order to create loops or spirals. Place your crystals into settings and attach them to chains using the wiring technique. See here for detailed instructions.



SPARKLING INSPIRATIONS

Check out our board on Pinterest to get into the mood for this month’s special trend.

Designs

The Create Your Style Trend & Design team created the designs inspired by this month’s “Arm Candy” theme. As usual, they come with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Each week we’ll come up with a new design, so stay tuned.

  • Bag Charm Frieda

  • Bag Charm Heart

  • Shoulder Strap Blossom

  • Bag Blue Rainbow

  • Emoji Bag

  • Eye Lashes Bag

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