Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Phone cord bangle from Jennifer Perkins' Naughty Secretary Club The Working Girl's Guide to Making Jewelry

Well I was tickled beyond belief to get a copy of
The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girl's Guide to Handmade Jewelry

If you prefer your jewelry subtle and serious, you might want to go ahead and set this book back on the shelf. However, if kitschy accessories made with a wink and a smile are your cup of tea, this book will have you on the edge of your chair.

The Naughty Secretary Club is packed with more than 50 kitschy-secretary-themed jewelry projects, plus lots of quirky sidebars covering hot topics such as office romance and the best secretary theme songs to listen to on your lunch break. You'll learn how to use your office supplies in a whole new way - did you know standard office fare, like binder folders and shredded junk mail, makes craftalicious jewelry? Plus, author Jennifer Perkins will teach you how to turn almost anything into a charm, including plastic gnome cake toppers, doll furniture and cast-off hotel keys.

Whatever your day job, you can be a Naughty Secretary in spirit - and in style. So cancel your afternoon meetings, take a break from watching the clock and send yourself a memo to whip up a new paperclip necklace just in time for happy hour!

Jennifer Perkins left her job as a secretary to return to her childhood love of jewelry-making. Her Naughty Secretary Club jewelry has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue, The New York Times, Elle Girl, Alternative Press, Bust, Seventeen and more. Jennifer is the host of Craft Lab and Stylelicious (both on the DIY network) and has been a guest on Craft Corner Death Match and Knitty Gritty. She has a pronounced craft following in addition to a highly visited blog and Web site,

I savored every page!

I love using one thing for another and she has this great project that uses old phone cords. Well I had a few things to drop off at the recycling center, stuff that I had already pillage parts off of and the rest needed to go to the other professionals in this field.

But while I was there guess what I saw? Cell phone car chargers! They have a great coil that I thought would work great to make a bangle like the one Jen designed in her book.
I followed the great directions with super photos and it worked like a charm!
I did mix it up a bit by adding a bead at the seam. For directions on how to make the bead pop on over to this post at Craftside.

I think I might use this technique for a purse handle! Thanks Jen.


Jennifer Perkins said...

La la la love it! I have tons of obsolete phone chargers around begging to be transformed.

tamdoll said...

Fantastic! I recycle cell phones for our library and the company never wants the accessories. I never thought of reusing them. Thanks!

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