Vintage Modern - Ribbon Belts


Materials

  • Vintage belt buckles, brooches and earrings (such as mother of pearl)
  • Brocade ribbons (Dove of the East)
  • Silver findings (Jewelry Essentials): toggle clasps; jump rings, 7mm; ribbon clamps
  • Heat Set Crystal Stones (Crystal Elegance)

Basic Supplies

large paper clip or small clamp

Tools

  • Liquid Fusion Adhesive (Duncan Enterprises)
  • Creative Jewel Tool (Walnut Hollow)
  • FrayBlock (June Tailor)
  • Button thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Pin backs
  • Pliers

Directions

  • Ribbon Belts
  • 1. Cut one length of ribbon to fit around waist, adding 8”. If needed, machine or hand stitch two ribbon lengths together to form one longer length.
  • 2. Apply fray block to ribbon ends; let dry.
  • 3. Use decorative-edge scissors to trim one end of ribbon.
  • 4. Place straight ribbon end through belt buckle, loop around to wrong side, and secure with Liquid Fusion. Hold ribbon together with paper clip or small clamp until dry.
  • 5. Adhere stones to buckle. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to heat set stones, if desired.
  • Pin Variation
  • 1. Cut 12” length from ribbon. Apply Fray Block to ribbon ends.
  • 2. Gather one long side of ribbon edges with button thread. Pull gathers tight and knot. Trim thread.
  • 3. Pin or adhere jewelry onto gathered ribbon with Liquid Fusion.
  • 4. Adhere or hand sew pin closure to back of ribbon.
  • Ribbon Bracelets
  • 1. Cut ribbon to fit comfortably around wrist.
  • 2. Gather short end of each ribbon 1/8” from edge with button thread. Gently pull gathers tight; knot.
  • 3. Place gathered end of ribbon into ribbon clamp. Use pliers to secure ribbon inside clamp. Repeat with remaining ribbon end.
  • 4. Open jump rings and attach to toggle clasps at each end of ribbon clamp. (Note: Add more jump rings for length and ease of fastening clasp, if needed.)
  • 5. Use pliers to remove back from vintage earrings or pin clasp from brooch. Center and adhere jewelry to ribbon bracelet with Liquid Fusion. Clamp earring in place until dry.
  • Jewelry Tips
  • 1. Don’t pass up vintage pieces that are missing stones. Start a stash of stones from other sets and use them to replace the missing or “dead” stones.
  • 2. Soak pieces in jewelry cleaner and gently brush away any dirt or grime.
  • 3. Orphaned earrings make great embellishments. Clip them onto a ribbon for a simple headband.

by Rebekah Meier

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