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Thursday, May 19, 2011

DIY: Hand Chain

By: Holeh Zargarian
featured in the Spring 2011 Mesa Fashion Program "In-Print" Newsletter

One of the hottest trends in jewelry right now is the hand chain. Hand chains are composed of a bracelet and a ring with a chain, or multiple chains, connecting the two. Ranging from delicate and beautiful, to tough and substantial, these finger frosters can run upwards of $100. Why dish out all that dough when you can create a unique and custom-fitted chain of your very own?

What you will need:

1. Pliers
2. Chain
3. Findings (plenty of jump-rings and a clasp)
4. Optional: a flat pendant with loops on either end to attach to your armor


1. Measure around your middle finger with the chain. Cut it to length and use pliers to attach the ends with a jump ring.

2. Attach another length of chain on the same jump ring. This is the length that will run from your fingers to your wrist or attach your pendant to your armor, so be sure not to cut it too short!

3. Measure around your wrist with chain the same way you did for your finger to make a bracelet. Attach a jump ring and a clasp. I made mine pretty tight so that my chain would not slide around too much once I was wearing it.

4. Here, you will either attach the length of chain from your finger to the length around your wrist, or you can cut that length shorter and use jump rings to add a pendant to your armor.

5. Now, you can leave your chain simple or add more. I chose to add a few more chains from the ring down to the bracelet, and a few across to add interest and to help the armor hold its shape while its being worn.

Here’s my finished product! When you make your own hand chain, don’t be afraid to be creative. Good Luck!

For more DIY's and other blog posts, check out Holeh's blog at

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Fashion Graduate: Melisa Farnsworth

Check out this video by Mahal Style.

It features Melisa Farnsworth, Fashion Design graduate of Mesa College.
Melissa was one of 21 fashion designers/artists who are exhibiting in a gallery show at Vision Art Museum in Liberty Station in San Diego. The exhibit is called Fabric Free Fashion and it runs through July 24th.

Vision Art Museum
2825 Dewey Road, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: 619-546-4872 Fax: 619-546-4876

Museum Hours: Tue–Sun 10AM - 4PM
Closed Monday and all major holidays