Wednesday, 24 September 2014

DIY Clay Antler

It’s September and autumn is slowly establishing itself, so we wanted to share an easy DIY that can help you make that transition from summer in a small and inexpensive way. 

What you will need: 
White, air drying clay
Sand paper 
Waxed paper 

Step 1: 
Prepare your surface and clay. Clean the surface you will use just to make sure you don't get any hair or dirt on your clay. We decided to put some waxed paper down to save ruining our surface and secured with painter’s tape (it's easily removable). Divide your clay in half and take the portion of clay that you will not use and wrap it back up to prevent it from hardening. 

Step 2: 
Make the main branch. Mould the clay into a single clay branch that should be a bit thicker as it will be the base of the other branches you will add. 

Step 3:
Make smaller branches and attach them. This is where you can get creative. You can use the main branch as a guide to add as many small branches as you want. We made two branches and divided one of those into two more smaller branches. When you attach the smaller branches, make sure to add enough clay at the point where it connects to strengthen the link. Use your fingers to smooth it out and lessen its width. 

Step 4: 
Once you get the look that you desire, let it dry according to the instructions on the clay packaging. Once it’s dry, go back to sand the small bumps or imperfections that may be apparent and clean off the dust with a small rag. A little imperfection is OK and adds to the homemade look. We picked white clay because it has a natural off-white colour so if you don’t want to paint it, it still looks rather stylish. 

By Valerie Moreno 

You can find her blogging over at Nuance andBubbles Blog, taking daily snaps on Instagram, Tweeting away or pinning inspiration here

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Meet... Copper Garden

For the next instalment of our Meet the Blogger... series we grilled menswear fashion student Jessica from Copper Garden. Read on to find more about the girl behind the blog...

My name is Jessica, but you can call me Jess. I'm 22 years old and a fashion student at University for the Creative Arts in Epsom. But unlike 90% of design students, I do menswear.I would be so lost if I didn't blog and I definitely think my bank balance would be a little bit healthier.. but I sure as hell wouldn't be having as much fun.I love cosmopolitans, have a car named George and I want a pet sheep. I'd be lying if I said I was anything close to normal - but the best people are the weirdest!

Ok, first up who is 'Copper Garden' for those that don't already know? 
Copper Garden is a little 5ft2 girl named Jess - or myself. I'm 22, living just outside of London and studying towards a degree in menswear design.

How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place? 
I began with YouTube at the age of 16/17 but my camera was terrible and despite doing quite well, I got embarrassed when people I knew found out (hence the video I did with fellow youtuber 'its simply beauty' about why you shouldn't be embarrassed). It wasn't until I was almost 19 that I realised I missed the community so I began a blog - again with terrible pictures. I kept it secret from everyone until my boyfriend saw blogger open on my laptop and he's been my photographer ever since! 

 What inspires your blog posts?
I go to lookbook quite a bit for inspiration, there are so many amazingly dressed people around the world who post to there so its good for getting ideas - its helped me wear clothes that haven't left my wardrobes in months or years! I do mostly post my own personal style pictures because this is what I most enjoy reading and find the most enjoyable. Its also cool to think that in a few years, I can look back and compare my style then to now.

How would you describe your style? 
 Quite boyish. I don't tend to wear many feminine shapes, patterns or styles. My main outfits include trousers and an oversized top! I think my style is a mixture of Alexa Chung and the Olsens 

What three items can you not live without?
My Macbook (ironic as it just broke), Canon 600d and iPhone - how typical of me! Can I say four and add a cosy jumper?

 What do you get up to when you're not blogging? 
 I'm normally doing uni work, seeing my friends and boyfriend, making some menswear to add to my portfolio or watching Hollyoaks. Its my guilty pleasure. 

 Tell us something no one else knows about you... 
 I absolutely love Star Wars and Harry Potter.

What other bloggers are on your reading list?
 I follow a nice mix of bloggers, I love reading my feed and seeing a mixture of fashions. My current favourites are Tilly Jayne, Paige JoannaThe Fashion Wonderland, A Design Rookie and so many more. I couldn't give you a favourite!