The Thing I Thought I’d Never Wear

Style Alter Anthropolgie Peplum Top

Peplum! I actually even publicly said I would never wear it – if you’re not a stick, it’s hard look to pull off and I wasn’t even going to try. But it’s time to eat my words. I had a “want it, need it, gotta have it” moment at Anthopolgie when I saw this little peplum top. The haphazard polk dots, the thick textured knit fabric, the adorable white and navy blue combo – it had to happen.

The first time I wore this top was for a night out in Philly while visiting one of my very bestest friends. I paired it with skinny DL1961 black denim (more on my love for that brand later), heels and a grey leather jacket. FANCY. But what I really love about this top is how it can go from that, to this:

Style Alter Anthropolgie Peplum TopTop: Anthropologie (on sale!); Jeans: AG Jeans (similar); Sneakers: Old Navy; Crossbody bag: Target

I’m really liking the contrast of a lady-like top with ripped jeans and sneakers.

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And here’s a simple brass necklace I made that you guys haven’t seen before.

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So for anyone else who’s been afraid of peplum, just know that it can actually be flattering, versatile and pretty darn cute. If you’re in the market, here’s a good one.

Next up: Peplum skirts. JUST KIDDING I’m not a masochist.

Putting a pep in your step,



Curved H Bracelet

My latest adventure in metalsmithing: a bar bracelet I made in copper.

Style Alter Curved H Bracelet

Style Alter Curved H Bracelet

The bars were originally straight. I wore it around for a few days and realized that by curving them, its much more comfortable on the wrist.Style Alter Curved H Bracelet

Style Alter Curved H Bracelet

Style Alter Curved H Bracelet

I like that it’s simple, but interesting. Shined up, it kind of has a nice rose gold finish.

Style Alter Curved H Bracelet

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m calling it the Curved H Bracelet because from the right angle, it looks like an H.

Forge on,

The New Guy

Latest creation:

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This little guy started as a block of wax. Now, he chills on my finger.


Rings and Things

More adventures in metalsmithing going on the past few weeks. Check this out:

Style Alter Brass Rings

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I made that stuff!

My favorite of all the things I made so far is the faceted ring.

Style Alter Brass Faceted Ring

To make it, I first had to carve a ring out of wax (literally, like whittled away at it until it was the shape I wanted). The wax carving is used to make a mold, and that mold is used to make a metal ring. That’s the short story. The long version involves kilns and blow torches and centrifugal force and it’s all so COOL. You have to heat little bits of metal with a blow torch until it becomes fluid, and then force the molten metal into your mold using this contraption that spins it around really fast. The process is called casting. We’ve done it once so far and my teacher told us it would be an adrenaline rush, and it is. Because you’re really relying on physics (or for us non-physicists, COMPLETE BLIND FAITH) to keep this molten metal from flying up at your face.

Here is the ring I carved out of blue wax:

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And here it is after being casted in bronze:

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Some of the facets are smooth, others have a rough, filed texture. I love it because it looks like a big, chunky gemstone.

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Here it is stacked with another ring I made with the wax and casting process. The triangle piece on my ring finger is a simple guy I made when we were first learning to solder (fusing metal together with heat).

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PS, my nail polish is OPI Glitzerland and Essie Splash of Grenadine. This diagonal business is easier to do than it looks. If you’re confident/lazy, just freehand it. It’s not as that hard, really. Unless you are a perfectionist, and then it will drive you crazy. In which case, use tape like in the Scotch tape nail tutorial.

Lastly, a pendant I made out of brass. Actually I made two, a small and a large. It’s hammered and rough and has a worn look to it that I really like.

Style Alter Brass Pendant

Style Alter Brass Pendant

Style Alter Brass Pendant

Style Alter Brass Pendant

Solder on,