October 01, 2011

D I Y / Transparent Cuffs

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Transparent jewelry, accessories and heels seen at la Maison MM, Simone Rocha and pretty much every where else. Perspex is such an easy material to work with, it bends with heat and hardens in regular temperatures. If you own an oven, you can make these! You can be sure that I'll be experimenting more with this material(sensing a neck cuff?), but for now I'm estatic about today's project and can not wait to wear my cuffs over a thin knit or silk longsleeve, they literally go with everything.

What you will need:
A piece of perspex (available at any hardware store)
A figure saw for metal
An oven
file

Measure how long you want to cuffs to be, the measurements I used were
11cm(length) by 14cm(round). A small leftover piece was used for the hair cuff. With the saw cut a square out of the persplex plate.

Heat your oven to 200°C and place your square of perspex inside on a flat oven tray. In less than 5 minutes the perspex should be soft and bendable. If you leave it in the oven for too long, tiny bubbles will start to form inside the plastic. This can also happen if the heat in your oven isnt distributed evenly(like in mine).

Take out your square with oven mittens and immediately start to bend it into shape while wearing oven mitts. Don´t worry, the plastic is very bendable but isn´t sticky. The persplex will harden within 30 seconds so be quick! If the edges of your cuffs are too sharp you can smooth them with a file.

*For everyone who decides to make them, e-mail me a picture! I love to hear from my readers. love-aesthetics@hotmail.com

164 comments:

Marie My said...

Genious! god, god, god I am SO going to make these. Especially for the hair. Genious. Genious!

love, Marie fom www.nemesisbabe.blogspot.com

Laura said...

They are sooooo nice!! What a good idea, you look fab!

RAYNE said...

I'm so trying this! I want a hair cuff :)

xx
www.lluviaforallseasons.com

jessica wu said...

ivania. you NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME. wowww i'm so obsessed!
beautiful :)
if you've heard of shrinky dinks, you've basically done a haute version of them, i love it!

xx

becca´s black said...

...wonderful

Mikaela said...

So creative!! They look absolutely great - I'm deff going to try this out. I'll mail a photo when I get so far! :)

xx,
Mikaela

Framboise Fashion

Jessica Deanna said...

Interesting material. I think I will try this. I've been fascinated with transparency in garments, shoes, jewelry etcetera that I have been actually making my own transparent jewelry. Lately I've been fond of this bangle I've put together with some recycled plastic.
Solar Falcon

crazy pig said...

thats absolutely unique! I would never get such an idea... it seems kind of unreal to me to create something like this... wonderful.

I ▲M DEER said...

Looks absolutely awesome, good job.

Céline K.G said...

Love it :D

xoxo, Céline
areyouincorrect.blogspot.com

Victoria Kraft said...

Lovely nails!

x
www.victoriakraft.blogspot.com

The Fancy Teacup said...

Those transparent perspex cuffs beat out all the other accessories trending out there. Genius!

♥, Jamie
www.TheFancyTeacup.com

balkis said...

Really cool! I'd be way too nervous to handle hot perspex, though.

-Balkis
http://www.babablogweb.blogspot.com

Paola Dal Lago said...

i love them!! they're gorgeous *.*

Mary @ Fashionbirds said...

What a fantastic idea, it looks soooo good!

Michele said...

Oh.my.GOD! Dit is zoooo'n vette DIY. Weet echt niet of ik het aan durf though...

Sisters and Sisters said...

Super!

X
H&C

Camille said...

These look perfect! I kind of like the bubbles! But is persplex acrylic? Doesn't it give off fumes?

Be! said...

I love the way you use it as a tail!

Ana said...

how did you bend the perspex, with your own bare hands?

Laura said...

wow what a GREAT Diy
xx

J. said...

This is sooooo good! Love it

Esmee D said...

this is amazing! ive been wanting to make something out of perspex these days! and this idea really inspires me :) especially the hair cuff! you are one amazing girl!

LOVE AESTHETICS said...

at Camille: not at all, that was also one of my concerns, but it didn't even smell like burnt plastic!

at Anonymous: Totally forgot to mention that. I bended them while wearing oven mitts

Sugarfree said...

They look awesome!

Fariha said...

One of the best DIY's I've ever seen,
great job! xx

cantruninheels.blogspot.com

purpleyawn said...

yeah i made one in purple and one in hot pink in one of my 8th grade classes like 6 years ago

. said...

O my, great DIY!

Marina :) said...

So cute. I have to try it

it's so pink said...

great job!!! love the idea

helena said...

Ik vind dit echt ge-wel-dig.
Alleen ik denk dat ik hulp nodig heb van me vader met dat zagen want daar ben ik zelf niet zo handig mee.

Lea Lillith said...

awesome DIY. following!

xx

fashion meets art said...

genious- love it! you are so creativ. love your blog and your style.
maren anita

www.fashion-meets-art.blogspot.com

Nádia said...

You are simply way too inspiring to be true! :O

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...love Maegan said...

FABULOUS.

Incredibly genius. love.

JillePille said...

great DIY! Love all of them!

SIMONE SØRENSEN said...

THANKS FOR THE COMMENT! I AM SOO DOING THIS, AWESOME IDEA ;)

XX

SIMONE

http://trendjipped.blogspot.com/

Anne said...

You should sell that!
come on! what's your price?!
^_^

agata said...

BRILLIANT! You're my DIY master.

Sophie Loloi said...

that is such a great idea! definitely going to try it

xx

http://theparallelmagazine.blogspot.com/

Kim said...

great idea! it looks so gorgeous! :)

Fran and Effe said...

very interesting!

Fran and Effe
The Thousand And One Mises

inkarlcerating said...

THANKSS SO MUCHHHH

Mary said...

This is amazing! You are so creative; I really do enjoy reading your blog xx

Femme Virtue said...

love the transparent cuff!

Benina M. said...

AMAZING! <3 I will surely make these!

JEAN-PIERRE said...

This is really good and innovative. It works beautifully as a hair tie

Tarandip said...

I actually like the little bubbles!

Gawgus things... said...

These are fantastic - I'm so impressed!

sammi burley (chase.dakota) said...

definitely trying this!

www.chasedakota.blogspot.com

Tayler said...

ooh. LOVE.


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<3 <3

JASPER said...

You're so creative! Where is your white nail polish from? I'm looking for ages for a thick white one, but all of them turn out to be some soft sprarkle thing.

Fashiable said...

Leuk bedacht zeg!! Erg creatief! En mooi eindresultaat natuurlijk.

www.fashiable.nl

Minna said...

WOW, i maybe have to try!

Nici said...

Yeah, looks so cool and nice! Really like it and I like your nail color! :)

Pyrola said...

OMG that's the coolest! I'm obsessed with transparent jewellry. I'm sooo making these!

Sophia said...

Freaking brilliant. I am definitely doing this and sending you some pics. Where did you buy the leather straps to make those hardware necklaces and bracelets btw? I want to do that too!! <3

skiepies.blogspot.com/

emily said...

so amazing!!! they'll go with everything...i really need to try this.

JOANNA said...

thank you! what brilliant idea, you're always so creative, love it!

~Carmen. said...

You have the best ideas! Maybe i'll try it too :)

Kim - Blonde Suburbia said...

You are so bloody creative!

This is fricken awesome! Hopefully I can do this its amazing! Looks great babe!

Job well done! >:)

michelle_ said...

i think the bubbles make it look cool :D
didnt know perspex could bend in ovens !

linsey sijmons said...

AWESOME! Such a great idea.

love,
POSE-BLOG.COM

Iulia Romana said...

Well, this really is a DIY project. You are such a perfectionist !

Madeleine said...

great blog. your haircolor is great

vanchaaa said...

thank you for this diy post!
i will definitely try it out, it seems to me that also a ring might turn out great this way if it is made of thinner perspex :)

v

Arden said...

This is amazing.. So beautiful and minimal xx

jaded raven said...

Once again, you outsmarted everyone. I think I'm in love with your blog.....for a year now.

Marie said...

You've got such amazing ideas! Bracelet is perfect, I will definetely make one, when I have more time!

style creature said...

where did you get your great ideas for diy projects? love it and try it by myself! x

WhoopyBeatrizLourenco said...

Gorgeous DIY!!! Love youre style! btw you won a new follower!
xxx
http://van-de-fashion.blogspot.com/

sell wow account said...

that is really cool!!

Kelsey said...

Echt ongelofelijk hoe jij compleet nieuwe fashion items kan verzinnen zeg!
Je zou er iets mee moeten doen:)

GvN said...

how cool!

XOXO Giorgia
www.gvn-styleblog.blogspot.com

Manon said...

Wauw geweldig gemaakt en verzonnen! :)

AnsQ said...

Your'e soo imaginative 8>

godiloveugly said...

This is one of the coolest diy ever! Have to make these myself.

naiad said...

great idea- i will try it out immediately!!!!!!

great blog!!!!
i'd loved it if we followed each other!!!!!

xxx
naiad
http://stateofgracebynaiad.blogspot.com/

Eline said...

echt geweldig gedaan!
Ik wil het heeel graag maken (vooral die haar cuff), maar is het niet heel warm als je het wilt buigen? En hoe krijg je dan je haar erdoor? :)

Catherine said...

Meestal houd ik niet heel erg van diy, maar die van jou zijn geniaal! Fantastisch, dankjewel.

Jenny said...

Wauw! Wat een gaaf idee, echt heel creatief. Ik was deze sieraden ook al tegen gekomen, maar was er nooit opgekomen om dit zo te doen. Ik ga dit denk ik ook snel zelf proberen !

x

Nyrha said...

love it!

xx
www.maddenim.blogspot.com

BlondeMuse said...

OMG I LOVVVVVVEEEEE THIS IDEA, thanks for sharing. And I'm following your from now on via bloglovin'

xo

Lara Maria said...

GENIOUS !!

Francesca Felix said...

this is an amazing idea
francesca
http://www.frankvinyl.com

Polly said...

This is genius!
X
polway.blogspot.com

Shevah said...

You are a mad fashion scientist! Amazing idea! I have to try it.




www.shevahh.blogspot.com
xo

ediot said...

that is so amazing. well done darling! i love your diy.
would love to try this myself
hope you're enjoying your weekend
xx

Catita said...

this is great! I might give it a try and if so, I will email you the pictures for sure. You are so inspiring ;)
xoxo
Catita

Opposite lipstick said...

love!!

http://oppositelipstick.blogspot.com

TENZIN said...

omg you're a genius, it's such a great idea and you're hair is to die for.i love it.
thank you so much for your comment.

Ria said...

Oh man I'd love to create something like this. Ultimate DIY. But I fail at such things.

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it-girl said...

I love the cuffs and your haircolour! :)

Angie G said...

Just love love love it!

Linda said...

We did this is school. :) Its a really fun project! You can even melt two pieces together and leave a flower or glitter or anything you want in the middle, witch will make awesome decor.

thenauticalwheeler said...

Really loving the hair cuff! Such a great diy

amalia said...

You have amazing style!I love your blog and of course I'm your new follower! :*

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and on-line store http://shopalittlebitofshine.blogspot.com/ !! :)

J.L said...

I just discover your blog, and I LOVE IT ! Very inspiring, I follow you !

Anh said...

Wow this idea is simply amazing. I'll definitely try to make those cuffs. :)
have a nice day
tha-darlinh.blogspot.com

becky. said...

such an amazing idea! i'd love to make some but my parents think it'll break their oven haha :) x

diana kang said...

this is genius! xx

Lettenia said...

great stuff!

j. said...

wow love these, thanks for sharing

Bespoke Biddie said...

what a stellar idea?!?!

Sunnie
(.=

THIS IS STYLE SKETCHBOOK said...

will definitly do it ;) Email you when I'm done!

Anemone said...

You are so inspiring! It is a joy to read your blog. I really adore your style and every post is very interesting. Thank you so much for blogging! I'll try this some time, if I'm allowed to...

www.jemappelleanemone.blogspot.com

Nenna Woods said...

what a great idea, can't wait to try to make some !
xo

nennawoods.blogspot.com

kathy said...

amazing! i'm a huge fan of your blog!

Mal said...

Wow, DIY hair cuffs/rings is a great idea. I've been looking for some for ages and can't seem to find any in Australia. I'll have to give them a go.

www.e-tailaddict.com

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Rosamy said...

I want to do this, it's amazing! Keep up Ivania :)

just a sewfreak said...

ohmy.. how creative!!

www.sewfreak.blogspot.com

yamina beyondURclothes said...

love the cuffs… super original

♥ yamina
http://beyondurclothes.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

well you really are perfect arent you

cocorosa said...

Wow!! <3 You seriously never fail to amaze me :)
xoxo

steph said...

I'm soooo going to make these cuffs. I'll mail the photo later!

cupcakesandfashion.blogspot.com

ASH said...

They look so cool!

Linda said...

WOW! Supertof! Je moet ze gaan verkopen... zo mooi!



www.straatstijl.blogspot.com

lucille said...

Whatta great idea! Keep up with your creativity.

Styletto said...

Great job!

julia lang said...

WOW just WOW...
You always hit me with your posts... AMAZING!!!!!!!

Love from London

Julia

http://geeksndfashion.blogspot.com/

Suze said...

dit is zo grappig! ik en mijn vriendin hadden het er vorige week over dat we cuffs wouden maken uit perspex! daar is deze diy wel handig voor... echt supertof

Flaviana Boni said...

OH MY GOD, great idea!!

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Sophie Andersen said...

ABSOLUTE LOVE !!

http://sophie-andersen.blogspot.com/
xx Sophie

mrdavidPOP said...

very good post, love the idea - innovative.

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mrdavidPOP said...

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Keep Calm & Do It Yourself said...

i think the bubbles add a lot of character actually!!!
great idea!

<3 Kelsey

Ausra said...

AMAZING is not even the right word for this!

Wix said...

I am so amazed! :D

Bromeliad said...

So awesome!

Johanna and Sophie said...

I love transparent jewelry,...
my favourit is the small one for the hair.
By the way, fantastic blog. I am a real fan ;)

xx, Johanna

Ann Constance said...

love your idea with perspex! I'll try!

Frankie Sunshine said...

Too amazing, cannot wait to try it. Super blog lovely, now I have found it I can't wait to keep reading X

L Team said...

Great Idea. Loving this and loving your blog! Following.

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Sóley said...

I'm so doing that.

- Sóley
we are purple

Anonymous said...

im having a bit of a hard time fitting the hair cuff around my hair..maybe because my hair is too short, do you think? It's sooo cute though, please sell these!!! :D

mirel said...

They are so nice !!
xx

http://fashionalphilosophy.blogspot.com/

Rhea Dillon said...

Love this thanks for the idea!

Julieta said...

WOW! I'm so glad I discovered your blog, I'm officially hooked now, these cuffs are fantastic!

xoxo julieta

Milena said...

I really really want to try this, but im so scared im going to screw it up!!!

Milena
http://meetingmilena.blogspot.com

Joanna Helena said...

Pfoe, ik moest voor school iets ontwerpen, en ik wilde graag met doorzichtig plastic ofzo werken. Maar dit lijkt me dus echt helemaal goed, dankjewel!! :) (hoewel het me inderdaad ook heel gaaf lijkt om er een armband ofzo van te maken...)

Its Mine I Made It said...

this is soooo genius. soo stunning. i am deffinitly going to try this out.
great ideas
love, alex

itsmineimadeit.com

kuchenna said...

omg, you definitely rock! i think, i'm gonna visit leroy merlin for the first time ever :)

choo lee said...

wonderful nails!!!!! love em ♥

http://www.chicchoolee.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this! I picked a linked thread up on Pinterest and then to Love Aesthetics.

Hair Romance said...

Love this! I found this post via Oh The Lovely Things and hope you don't mind I've linked to you in my post today

www.hairromance.com

Egle said...

great DIY! :) I really like it and i've been wanting to try it for ages. Yesterday I finally did it and it was so simple. My perspex was very thin so it took 1-2 min to melt and I managed to bend it carefully with bare arms. if you want to see how it went : http://eglesstylediary.blogspot.com/2012/03/diy-transparent-arm-cuffs.html

arte.patricia.cohen said...

lovely!!!!!

Ilona said...

Ivana,

I finally got to make my cuffs after finding perspex to melt. It was not an easy task to find it actually as in our local hardware sore it is sold by meter on a very unreasonable price. Anyways, there are number of sellers on Ebay to order from, pieces sold in A4 format. It only takes a second to carve into the sheet with a stanley knife and brake it just like you said. Wack it in the pre-heated oven at 200C for under 5 minutes. My own take on the procedure is that after I took out the melted/softened perspex I quickly placed it over a rolling pin and got a perfectly shaped cuff. I used a 11*16 piece to get the desired result. Safety must be considered!!!! the softened perspex is very hot do not touch it with bare hands! :) I will send you some pictures later in PM.

Lindsay Jo Design said...

I find the bubbles very charming. Thank you for the idea! I just found your blog today and I am in love. Thank you for your efforts.

- Lindsay

Anonymous said...

I've tried to shape perspex by using a heat blow dryer(not a hair dryer), but one bought at a convenient store, they a quite cheap, and you can shape things a lot easier, and if you prefer a "cleaner" look without heat bubbles it's also perfect, just remember not to put the dryer to close :-)

sri said...

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Lisa said...

Ik heb je foto met arm cuffs gebruikt voor een inspiratie post, hoop dat je het niet erg vind! Met link erbij natuurlijk!

Irina said...

WOW!! thank you so much for sharing this! will totally do this! <3

www.socialbliss.com

Angela Alvin said...

Transparent jewelry like Designer Cuffs, accessories and heels seen at la Maison MM, Simone Rocha and pretty much every where else. Perspex is such an easy material to work with, it bends with heat and hardens in regular temperatures. If you own an oven, you can make these! You can be sure that I'll be experimenting more with this material(sensing a neck cuff?), but for now I'm estatic about today's project and can not wait to wear my cuffs over a thin knit or silk longsleeve, they literally go with everything.

Rosanna said...

Reblogged!

http://technosnobbery.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/radical-self-reliance-diy-transparent-cuffs/

Claudia said...

may i ask? will the oven be poisonous when we do the heating step??? or can we use boiling or microwave???
please reply ><

Stella Crowell said...

What kind of file do I need?

Stella Crowell said...

Oh yeah and what does the saw run?

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Elena Mandalena said...

I love your idea! Thanks for sharing :)

Amanda said...

This is fantastic! Thanks for this great idea. I can't wait to try it!