DIY Resin Watermelon Shrinky Dink Zac Posen Brooch

Actually it’s a DIY of a Yazbukey brooch that was featured in the Spring 2011 Z Spoke by Zac Posen show…but that title was a little long.;-)

This is unfortunately the best photo I have of the original.  Img by Yannis Vlamos /

Remember those pieces?  Or maybe the lips brooch from his Zac Posen Spring 2010 RTW Collection?

Photo by Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

Yazbukey as well.  (Known for their pop-art and attention-getting accessories, the Parisian line Yaz Bukey uses mirrored plexiglass as their main material of choice.) Since the actual watermelon brooch in question never went into production, I was inspired to DIY my own version…though it can’t double for lasercut plexiglass close-up, it’s a pretty good dupe for much, much cheaper.

For the other brooch I bought a plastic fruit slice from Michael’s (in the floral/decorative fruit crafts section),

1) sliced it in half with an X-acto knife

2) rubbed the rough edges off with sandpaper, and

3) hot-glued a pinback onto it.

And I managed to do my nails, too.;-)

Since fruit is such a HUGE trend for this Spring…if you’re not ready to plunge into all the bright colors for the season, why not try a smaller brooch?  You can certainly mimic the enamel- or plexiglass look with liberal coatings of high-gloss sealant!  (And even try for a Zac Posen lips brooch…or an ode-to-Prada banana brooch..or a Stella McCartney-inspired citrus slice if you’re up for it!)  And if you’re looking for super-easy, just find some plastic fruit from a garage sale, Goodwill, or your local craft store and have fun with it!

Thank you to Anita and the whole Free Magazine team for this feature!  I’m so excited to have been able to contribute!

Happy DIY’ing!


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DIY Lego Brooch Inspired by Dee and Ricky

Thank you Outsapop!

My go-to for DIY inspiration, she posted photos and a DIY for those Marc Jacobs lego accessories (as done by Dee and Ricky) waaaaay back. Since I still had a ton of Legos that I had religiously held onto since childhood, I definitely had enough to make the brooch…but I stopped by my local Lego store and bought the small size “Pick-a-Brick” bucket, choose carefully some basic brick sizes in colors that definitely weren’t available in the 80’s. (Lime green, charcoal grey, hot pink, sky blue, orange.) The effect, when paired with my old tooth-scarred Lego blocks (cuz gripping the darn Lego block between one’s teeth and just pulliing was the only way to separate the darn things back in the day….now the Lego Store sells thingies specifically for prying…one wonders why they didn’t think of that before).

I added some electrical tape between the layers and a pin back behind, so it can be pinned to clothing or even a belt front. I have short hair, so I don’t think I’ll be wearing it in my hair…plus I think 30 is probably to darn old for those things now. *sigh* Perhaps wearing any Lego accessory at my rather ancient age is a little much, but…I love the idea so much, I can’t resist!

Try channeling your inner Lego-loving kid and whip yourself up something fun like this – can’t help but grin at the irony of high fashion meets kiddie toy!





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