Project DIY by M&J Trimming Unboxing and Review: Joan of Arc Collection – November 2013

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There’s a new DIY subscription service in the house! Established in 1936 in the heart of New York’s Fashion and Garment district, M&J Trimming boasts an inventory of over 100,000 products with the largest selection of trimming available anywhere online. The 5,000 sq ft showroom along the Sixth Avenue is a favorite stop for many of the top fashion designers looking for unique items from all over the world: whether it’s rhinestone crystals from Austria, or hand-cast metal buttons from Italy – M&J Trimming got them all!

Inspired by their customers’ creativity, M&J Trimming launched a new service called Project DIY. For a $30 monthly fee subscribers will receive everything needed to create stylish and unique accessories, including detailed instructions, tips and tricks. DIY novices have an option to purchase a Starter Kit that includes basic tools for jewelry-making. For a limited time, a free starter kit is automatically included for all new subscribers.
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The November box featured Joan of Arc accessories collection, and contained everything you need to make two fabulous armor-inspired pieces – a statement Shield Necklace and a Warrior Cuff bracelet. I also got a Starter Kit which came in a convenient zipper pouch.

Each accessory envelope comes with basic written instructions, but I found online tutorials a lot more helpful: they are very detailed, and feature different designs for the necklace and the bracelet to make them unique.

I decided to make the bracelet first because it seemed a little easier to do than the necklace. I’m a DIY newbie so I was really intimidated at first, but the most challenging part was aligning the trimmings properly. It was actually a lot less complicated than I thought, but I totally didn’t meet the target time of 25 minutes.

I made a little bit of a mess with the glue, which I tried to clean it up with a Q-tip. I think I got most of it off, and you can’t really see my mistakes from afar.

After I was done with the cuff, I started working on the necklace. I admit it took me a long time to do each step – from adjusting the length of the chain to gluing – I didn’t want to mess it up. I also decided to add some color to my gem and swiped the bottom of it with Zoya Ziv (gold foil metallic nail polish).

Ta-da! Here’s a closeup of both designs I came up with. I had to wait 24 hours for the glue to set, and now I have two new pieces of runway-inspired jewelry. I don’t know how or when or if I will wear the necklace, but I really like the cuff bracelet. My husband actually said it looks very Roman, which will be perfect for a toga party or to wear with a flowy draped dress 🙂 What do you think?

Project DIY is a fabulous subscription service, and honestly I was very impressed with the quality of the materials and how on-trend the jewelry pieces are. If interested, check out the October and September projects, they’ll blow you away! I also appreciate the detailed instructions and the options to customize each accessory to make it truly one-of-a-kind.

What do you think about Project DIY? Did you like the November Collection?