We like pushing boundaries and mixing masculine with feminine. Scosha jewelry is created as a play between materials, a play on what is traditionally considered “precious” or “non-precious”, “masculine” or “feminine”. Scosha is a collection of jewelry by Australian born artist and designer, Scosha Woolridge. She considers herself to be a story jeweler, using travel tales as inspiration to create jewelry that combines the modern and ancient worlds. She draws from a mix of global influences and explores the adventure and freedom within everyday life. The necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings, combine gem stones, metal, recycled fibers and written verse to create an effortless, lived-in style.

Scosha is hosting a Fashion’s Night Out event at her hybrid store/workshop in Williamsburg on September 8th. The event is called RETREAT, with mini-facials, acupuncture and holistic treatments, tattoos, live music, delicious treats, and cocktails! This will kick off the Scosha Fall Sample Sale, which runs online and in-store through Sunday the 11th. Stop on by her shop if you are in NYC or hit up the sale on the web!

ENVIABLE PERK: Funky mixed media jewelry made by hand in Williamsburg, NYC.

Live in style, in “lived-in” style.

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Scosha is giving away one of the following 3 bracelets pictured below: Pink Suede, Tan and Brass, or a set of 5 – winner’s choice! To enter, comment on this post and tell us which you like to decorate most, your fingers, ears, wrists, or neck. Ash has always loved bracelets stacked on her wrists, while Kimmy has always loved epic dangly earrings. For extra entries, ‘like’ Scosha and Green Eyed Monster on Facebook, and post a link to the giveaway mentioning both pages. And/or follow Scosha and Green Eyed Monster on Twitter, and tweet about the giveaway mentioning @scoshanyc and @greeneyedmonst.

Photos: Courtesy of Scosha

DIY Utility Cord Bangle

I know, I know. ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE UTILITY CORD AND BRACELETS! I couldn’t resist! I had extra utility cord lying around from last week’s project, and was highly inspired by these Orly Genger bangles. Thus, today’s latest DIY accessory. Time to break out some very basic crochet skills.

Utility cord
Crochet hook (sized according to utility cord thickness)
Metal chain (optional)

1. Chain enough stitches to create a circle that will fit over your wrist. Remember, this is a bangle, so it needs to be able to slide on and off. For the bracelet pictured below, I used 3mm Utility Cord and crochet hook sized US-P (10mm).

2. Connect the chain using a slip stitch. Be sure not to twist the chain when connecting in a circle.

3. Now, in each chain, slip stitch 1 stitch and create as many layers as you’d like. Yes! Just a simple slip stitch. Go round and round until the bangle is the width that you’d like.

4. When you get to the desired width, slide the cord through the last loop and use a flame to melt and secure both ends of the bangle. Be sure to put the melted side against the outside of the bangle, because in the next step you will turn the bangle inside out, and you want to hide the ends.

5. Do just that. Turn the bracelet inside out so that the “wrong” side of the crochet stitch is showing. Of course, you don’t have to do this if you prefer the look right side out – but I like it this way!

6. If you want to mix chain into the bangle, now’s the time. I attached this repurposed, old chain to a large tapestry needle and just wove in and out of the stitches at random to create the look.

7. Secure the chain ends to one another (I used pliers to open up one loop of the chain and attach it to the other end to keep it secure – all this was tucked on the inside of the bangle). Slide on over your wrist and enjoy many a compliment. Pictured below is another sample of this bracelet done with 2mm Utility Cord, without any chain.


DIY Daisy Chain Necklace

During my master’s program, I interned for the Curatorial Department at the Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art. During that time, I helped research artists for a show titled, Material World. That is when Orly Genger and her insane rope, knot installations entered my life. The image below of the room filled with red, oversized rope is what was later installed at MASSMoCA for her piece of the show. Epic indeed.

In addition to being taken with her installation work, I became totally obsessed with her jewelry line with pal Jaclyn Mayer. Sadly, I am not in a financial position to purchase one of these artistic accessories, but I finally got my butt in gear and made myself a utility cord necklace inspired by her work.

I even had someone ask me if I was wearing an Orly Genger piece while rocking this necklace, so I call this DIY a success!

Utility cord (I purchased mine from REI)
Chain (I picked mine up at a local hardware store, literally in the chain section. I selected the one I liked best, which happened to be this over-sized, gold number)

To make this necklace I used three different kinds of utility cord (this 3mm utility cord in blue/green, this 3mm GLOW IN THE DARK (um, awesome) utility cord and this 2mm utility cord).

Honestly, the entire necklace is made using a basic Daisy Chain knot (something you may remember from your days as a kid at camp). Below is an excellent video tutorial to teach you this knot by Tying It All Together. Give it a gander and you’ll have the basic skill set for the necklace.

I began with one of the 3mm lines and attached the starting loop to one end of the metal chain. I then daisy chained for 20 or so loops and attached the line to the other end of the metal chain. I made sure that the necklace would fit over my head since I was not creating a clasp.

I then picked up the other 3mm line and attached it to the end of the starting 3mm line. I daisy chained back along the starting chain by inserting each loop of the 2nd line into one of the loops from the 1st line. Once I reached the end, I doubled-back, again, daisy chaining by inserting the loop of each knot into the loop of the former chain. You can layer and layer and layer the rows as much as you’d like. When you’re happy with your necklace, secure all line ends by burning with a flame.

Peruse some of Genger’s necklaces, and you’ll be inspired by the many ways that she combines rope and metal to create her pieces.


(K)not a Noose

Just some truly awesome rope design to toss ’round your neck.

In Ash’s world, everything is better super-sized. Like milkshakes. And jewelry.


DIY Woven Bracelet & Necklace

I’ve been itching to make myself some jewelry inspired by Aurélie Bidermann’s “Do Brasil” line. Since I don’t have 300 Euros lying around, this looked like a design I could recreate on my own. I was primed to put together a DIY Tutorial for you all when I discovered that Honestly WTF had already done the honors.

I picked up the gold necklace and the two bracelet chains from an antique shop for $5 a piece, and had the embroidery thread on hand. I only needed scissors and two bobby pins to see this project through. Pretty amazing results, no?

Jump on over here for the tutorial.

I used shades of pale blue and turquoise embroidery thread, and wove through one side of the chain to mimic this necklace.

This bracelet was already armed with charms. I removed some of the smaller pieces on the chain and cleaned it up. Then I wove embroidery thread that matched the two colored baubles into the side of the chain opposite the charms to mimic the concept behind this bracelet.

For this bracelet, I removed the charm and just used the chain. I chose a variety of embroidery thread colors and then wove them on both sides of the chain to recreate this look. This is definitely my favorite of the trio. It pairs wonderfully with my beaded, crocheted bracelets. Loading up the wrist!

Photos: Courtesy of Green Eyed Monster® and Aurélie Bidermann