5.02.2013

Tattoo Choker DIY

Handmade Tattoo Chokers by me at:
Dust In Mouth

so recently i am obsessed with tattoo chokers. you now, those 90's kids accessories that EVERY cool kid had? yuppp. they are now making a come-back in a lot of harajuku looks.


but since they are not very mainstream these days, the prices on etsy, ebay etc are all jacked up to ridiculous amounts. and much as i was obsessed with it, i refuse to pay $35 for something that used to go for a dollar just cause of a fad.

so i decided to make my own. AND IT WORKED.

here is my take on the tattoo choker/bracelet/ring using fishing line. stuff that comes in 50m packs for $3.50.


 sadly, i could not find lines in black. this reel has 10m of 5 colors. blue, red, green, yellow and clear. quite an awesome steal at $3.50. got it at the hardware store near my house.


the end product!



note that for a bracelet, it does stretch quite abit so a knot chain length of 8cm was sufficient for me. getting consistent tension and knot length is very important. else it ends up looking very messy and bleh.

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50 comments:

  1. Looks really nice! Love the illustrations (:

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  2. thanks! (: procrastination does wonders

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  3. Omg thanks for this Diy! Sadly, I'm frustrating over on how to seal it(It keeps getting undone) Oh wells, great diy!

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  4. hey! have you tried metal crimp beads? they worked well for me. the knots method need strong glue to seal it before you cut off the ends. metal crimp beads work best so far. (:

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  5. I'm so obsessed with these. How much cord would you use for a necklace? I'm thinking about using rubber bead cord because I can't find fishing line.

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  6. with fishing line i use them quite liberally. 3-4 times the length of your necklace should be sufficient. would rubber cord hold its shape?

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  7. Thanks! :)
    The rubber cord seems to be holding up pretty well. Here's how my necklace turned out:

    http://petitlarousse.tumblr.com/image/50439204466

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  8. that's pretty! love the pinkkk! i wish i could find black or purple ones. ):

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  10. it gets wonky the first time i guess? >: i ended up making too many. could mail you a blue one if you want!

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  12. Thank you for the tutorial! :D i've been looking for this for ages <3 may i know if i could use other beads instead of metal crimp beads? :)

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  13. yuppp! anything that holds them together but isnt too bulky would be great. since the bracelet will be pressing against your skin, you wouldnt really want uncomfortable bits. (:

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  14. Hi. Have you considered selling? I will buy a bunch off you!

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    1. hey (: i havent really considered selling but do email me at mirukukeki@gmail.com if youre interested. (:

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  15. thank you for this, helped me lots. to keep the knot tied I put a nail polish top coat and so far it has worked very well

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  16. to have it hold together, just burn the tips. You can use a lighter so you don't burn yourself or hold it against the stove like I did. Dab your fingers in water (or lick them) and gently press the burned ends together, that should do it.
    Remember that you don't want to burn the plastic! Just warm it enough so that both ends start to melt..

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  17. Definitely gonna make this! Thanks for the idea :)

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  18. Hello! Thank you for the tutorial. I've also figured how to dye clear nylon fishing line.
    Source here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=87412.0 <--- the crafter used Kool Aid XD Which is a great alternative


    These are my experiments using food coloring vs fabric dye:
    Food coloring:h ttp://24.media.tumblr.com/69f96c3742822f2d64b4886975c7f230/tumblr_mvgggmVrSw1qzxreco1_500.jpg

    Fabric dye: http://25.media.tumblr.com/e1b509f95ba9c55bbf42c3467a216093/tumblr_mvjhdaLoXT1qzxreco1_500.jpg

    Me testing out the fabric dyed fishing line: http://25.media.tumblr.com/970d512592f93582055ce84c46fdf9cd/tumblr_mvkr6cK0Xv1qzxreco1_500.jpg

    Sorry if this is a lengthy reply but I wanted to share my discovery. :3

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  19. oh wowww! the food dye idea is genius! will it bleed though? like when you accidentally get it wet while washing hands or stuff? (:

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  20. OMG THANKS! :D super tutorial!

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  21. Hi, im in the UK and I cannot find this fishing line anywhere :C. Do you have any suggestions?

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    1. hi! they should be quite common? try fishing shops or hardware stores (:

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  22. you can put a bead on both the strings to end it and then burn the tip

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  23. I occasionally got one from my mom's friend's daughter, and i like it very much. But I accidentally BREAK IT !! Since then, I tried to make one more by myself. now I finally found a tutorial on it!!!!!!(。・ω・。)

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  24. i tried to make this by following your tutorial but i can't get the knots to stay in their shapes, how do you make them stay in their shapes? and thank you, this is a great tutorial!

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    1. i tied them and glued them with polish before snipping off the ends so the hardened polish will hold the knot in place. (:

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  25. hi, do you think this would work with scoubidoo string? it's really cool thanks!!

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    1. what is scoubidoo string? if it has some tension in it, it should be fine.

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  26. i must be blind or something.. where is the video tutorial??

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    1. hey, there isnt a video tutorial, just a pictorial one! (:

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  27. Omg, thanks! Reall useful>< since i can't buy one at online shop because international shipping is too expensive for me ;_;

    P-chan's adventure!

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  28. This is such a great idea especially since it came from a fellow singaporean! Sadly I'm not as skillful my black choker failed after several attempts:( are u planning to sell any?

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    1. i only have blue bracelets though! if you stay in singapore i wont mind sending you one (:

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  29. Thank you sooo much .. cant wait to make mine :3 .... do you think this would work ? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131041660129?var=430223798989

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  30. Your illustration style is so cute! The binder clip is my fav.

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  31. hey! i really tried to do this but the fishing reel is not working... when i do the first little circle, and then the second one, everything gets destroyed because it just cant stay... which is the thickness of the reel you are using? thanks

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    1. the thickness of the reel is size 14/ 14 point? im not too sure if that is fisherman talk but that is the rough translation on the packaging. (:

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  32. Hey could you pleaseee do a video on how to make a tattoo choker pleaseeeeeee thanks :)

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  33. If you burn the ends together should stay or use a hot glue gun

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  34. I featured you on my blog! I would love if you would check it out! Thanks. Love you blog, btw (:

    kiarasfashioncorner.blogspot.com

    -kiara

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  35. omg you're a genius, i thought it the possibility but i couldn't nail if that type kind of string was really the same thing!!! omg !!!!!

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  36. Guys or to mirukeki, I realised that there is a slight error to the knot. That is why some people are finding it very hard as it doesn't stay in shape. You actually need to slide the string you are making the knot with into the earlier loop. Here's a comparison to what im talking about and mirukeki's.
    https://24.media.tumblr.com/518e0c750fb027023cf39a9bf738ccce/tumblr_n4qpppmxhI1tn1ygeo1_500.jpg
    Some people on youtube have figured that out, you really started it all out tho

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  37. Please could someone tell me the thickness of the string? :)

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    1. hi, the packaging states that it is size 14? im not too sure but it feels like normal fishing line. there are other diy-ers who use thicker string which worked fine too. i think the ability for the string to hold its shape is more important than the actual thickness (:

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  38. thanks for this HOMG gonna make it the next time I take a break from all this crazy studying x_x;;

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  39. I've been looking for this for sooo long!!! *.* but I'm horrible at doing diys so..... )': rlly want them though, they're so pretty c: do you mind if I ask you to send me some hehe x:

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    1. hi! im hosting a giveaway right now so do check it out (:

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