Love Aesthetics

October 1, 2011

D I Y / Transparent Cuffs






Transparent jewelry, accessories and heels seen at la Maison MM, Simone Rocha and pretty much every where else. Perspex is such an easy material to work with, it bends with heat and hardens in regular temperatures. If you own an oven, you can make these! You can be sure that I’ll be experimenting more with this material(sensing a neck cuff?), but for now I’m estatic about today’s project and can not wait to wear my cuffs over a thin knit or silk longsleeve, they literally go with everything.

What you will need:
A piece of perspex (available at any hardware store)
A figure saw for metal
An oven

Measure how long you want to cuffs to be, the measurements I used were
11cm(length) by 14cm(round). A small leftover piece was used for the hair cuff. With the saw cut a square out of the persplex plate.

Heat your oven to 200ยฐC and place your square of perspex inside on a flat oven tray. In less than 5 minutes the perspex should be soft and bendable. If you leave it in the oven for too long, tiny bubbles will start to form inside the plastic. This can also happen if the heat in your oven isnt distributed evenly(like in mine).

Take out your square with oven mittens and immediately start to bend it into shape while wearing oven mitts. Donยดt worry, the plastic is very bendable but isnยดt sticky. The persplex will harden within 30 seconds so be quick! If the edges of your cuffs are too sharp you can smooth them with a file.

*For everyone who decides to make them, e-mail me a picture! I love to hear from my readers.

163 responses to “D I Y / Transparent Cuffs”

  1. Marie My says:

    Genious! god, god, god I am SO going to make these. Especially for the hair. Genious. Genious!

    love, Marie fom

  2. Laura says:

    They are sooooo nice!! What a good idea, you look fab!

  3. RAYNE says:

    I’m so trying this! I want a hair cuff ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. jessica wu says:

    ivania. you NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME. wowww i’m so obsessed!
    beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚
    if you’ve heard of shrinky dinks, you’ve basically done a haute version of them, i love it!


  5. Mikaela says:

    So creative!! They look absolutely great – I’m deff going to try this out. I’ll mail a photo when I get so far! ๐Ÿ™‚


    Framboise Fashion

  6. Interesting material. I think I will try this. I’ve been fascinated with transparency in garments, shoes, jewelry etcetera that I have been actually making my own transparent jewelry. Lately I’ve been fond of this bangle I’ve put together with some recycled plastic.
    Solar Falcon

  7. crazy pig says:

    thats absolutely unique! I would never get such an idea… it seems kind of unreal to me to create something like this… wonderful.

  8. Looks absolutely awesome, good job.

  9. Love it ๐Ÿ˜€

    xoxo, Céline

  10. Those transparent perspex cuffs beat out all the other accessories trending out there. Genius!

    ♥, Jamie

  11. balkis says:

    Really cool! I’d be way too nervous to handle hot perspex, though.


  12. i love them!! they’re gorgeous *.*

  13. What a fantastic idea, it looks soooo good!

  14. Michele says:! Dit is zoooo’n vette DIY. Weet echt niet of ik het aan durf though…

  15. Camille says:

    These look perfect! I kind of like the bubbles! But is persplex acrylic? Doesn’t it give off fumes?

  16. Be! says:

    I love the way you use it as a tail!

  17. Ana says:

    how did you bend the perspex, with your own bare hands?

  18. Laura says:

    wow what a GREAT Diy

  19. J. says:

    This is sooooo good! Love it

  20. Esmee D says:

    this is amazing! ive been wanting to make something out of perspex these days! and this idea really inspires me ๐Ÿ™‚ especially the hair cuff! you are one amazing girl!

  21. at Camille: not at all, that was also one of my concerns, but it didn’t even smell like burnt plastic!

    at Anonymous: Totally forgot to mention that. I bended them while wearing oven mitts

  22. Sugarfree says:

    They look awesome!

  23. Fariha says:

    One of the best DIY’s I’ve ever seen,
    great job! xx

  24. purpleyawn says:

    yeah i made one in purple and one in hot pink in one of my 8th grade classes like 6 years ago

  25. . says:

    O my, great DIY!

  26. Marina :) says:

    So cute. I have to try it

  27. it's so pink says:

    great job!!! love the idea

  28. helena says:

    Ik vind dit echt ge-wel-dig.
    Alleen ik denk dat ik hulp nodig heb van me vader met dat zagen want daar ben ik zelf niet zo handig mee.

  29. Lea Lillith says:

    awesome DIY. following!


  30. genious- love it! you are so creativ. love your blog and your style.
    maren anita

  31. Nรกdia says:

    You are simply way too inspiring to be true! :O

    Giveaway at my blog – round sunglasses!


    Incredibly genius. love.

  33. JillePille says:

    great DIY! Love all of them!




  35. Anne says:

    You should sell that!
    come on! what’s your price?!

  36. agata says:

    BRILLIANT! You’re my DIY master.

  37. Sophie Loloi says:

    that is such a great idea! definitely going to try it


  38. Kim says:

    great idea! it looks so gorgeous! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Mary says:

    This is amazing! You are so creative; I really do enjoy reading your blog xx

  40. Femme Virtue says:

    love the transparent cuff!

  41. Benina M. says:

    AMAZING! <3 I will surely make these!

  42. JEAN-PIERRE says:

    This is really good and innovative. It works beautifully as a hair tie

  43. Tarandip says:

    I actually like the little bubbles!

  44. These are fantastic – I’m so impressed!

  45. JASPER says:

    You’re so creative! Where is your white nail polish from? I’m looking for ages for a thick white one, but all of them turn out to be some soft sprarkle thing.

  46. Fashiable says:

    Leuk bedacht zeg!! Erg creatief! En mooi eindresultaat natuurlijk.

  47. Minna says:

    WOW, i maybe have to try!

  48. Nici says:

    Yeah, looks so cool and nice! Really like it and I like your nail color! ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Pyrola says:

    OMG that’s the coolest! I’m obsessed with transparent jewellry. I’m sooo making these!

  50. Sophia says:

    Freaking brilliant. I am definitely doing this and sending you some pics. Where did you buy the leather straps to make those hardware necklaces and bracelets btw? I want to do that too!! <3

  51. emily says:

    so amazing!!! they’ll go with everything…i really need to try this.

  52. JOANNA says:

    thank you! what brilliant idea, you’re always so creative, love it!

  53. ~Carmen. says:

    You have the best ideas! Maybe i’ll try it too ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. You are so bloody creative!

    This is fricken awesome! Hopefully I can do this its amazing! Looks great babe!

    Job well done! >:)

  55. michelle_ says:

    i think the bubbles make it look cool ๐Ÿ˜€
    didnt know perspex could bend in ovens !

  56. AWESOME! Such a great idea.


  57. Iulia Romana says:

    Well, this really is a DIY project. You are such a perfectionist !

  58. Madeleine says:

    great blog. your haircolor is great

  59. vanchaaa says:

    thank you for this diy post!
    i will definitely try it out, it seems to me that also a ring might turn out great this way if it is made of thinner perspex ๐Ÿ™‚


  60. Arden says:

    This is amazing.. So beautiful and minimal xx

  61. jaded raven says:

    Once again, you outsmarted everyone. I think I’m in love with your blog…..for a year now.

  62. Marie says:

    You’ve got such amazing ideas! Bracelet is perfect, I will definetely make one, when I have more time!

  63. where did you get your great ideas for diy projects? love it and try it by myself! x

  64. Gorgeous DIY!!! Love youre style! btw you won a new follower!

  65. Kelsey says:

    Echt ongelofelijk hoe jij compleet nieuwe fashion items kan verzinnen zeg!
    Je zou er iets mee moeten doen:)

  66. Manon says:

    Wauw geweldig gemaakt en verzonnen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. AnsQ says:

    Your’e soo imaginative 8>

  68. godiloveugly says:

    This is one of the coolest diy ever! Have to make these myself.

  69. naiad says:

    great idea- i will try it out immediately!!!!!!

    great blog!!!!
    i’d loved it if we followed each other!!!!!


  70. Eline says:

    echt geweldig gedaan!
    Ik wil het heeel graag maken (vooral die haar cuff), maar is het niet heel warm als je het wilt buigen? En hoe krijg je dan je haar erdoor? ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. Catherine says:

    Meestal houd ik niet heel erg van diy, maar die van jou zijn geniaal! Fantastisch, dankjewel.

  72. Jenny says:

    Wauw! Wat een gaaf idee, echt heel creatief. Ik was deze sieraden ook al tegen gekomen, maar was er nooit opgekomen om dit zo te doen. Ik ga dit denk ik ook snel zelf proberen !


  73. BlondeMuse says:

    OMG I LOVVVVVVEEEEE THIS IDEA, thanks for sharing. And I’m following your from now on via bloglovin’


  74. Polly says:

    This is genius!

  75. Shevah says:

    You are a mad fashion scientist! Amazing idea! I have to try it.

  76. ediot says:

    that is so amazing. well done darling! i love your diy.
    would love to try this myself
    hope you’re enjoying your weekend

  77. Catita says:

    this is great! I might give it a try and if so, I will email you the pictures for sure. You are so inspiring ๐Ÿ˜‰

  78. TENZIN says:

    omg you’re a genius, it’s such a great idea and you’re hair is to die for.i love it.
    thank you so much for your comment.

  79. Ria says:

    Oh man I’d love to create something like this. Ultimate DIY. But I fail at such things.

  80. s0 c00L! y0u’re a genius! ^_^

    Please visit & f0LL0w 0ur bL0gs as well:

    Thank y0u! ^_^

    We f0LL0w back! =)

  81. it-girl says:

    I love the cuffs and your haircolour! ๐Ÿ™‚

  82. Angie G says:

    Just love love love it!

  83. Linda says:

    We did this is school. ๐Ÿ™‚ Its a really fun project! You can even melt two pieces together and leave a flower or glitter or anything you want in the middle, witch will make awesome decor.

  84. Really loving the hair cuff! Such a great diy

  85. amalia says:

    You have amazing style!I love your blog and of course I’m your new follower! :*

    Check my Blog
    and on-line store !! ๐Ÿ™‚

  86. J.L says:

    I just discover your blog, and I LOVE IT ! Very inspiring, I follow you !

  87. Anh says:

    Wow this idea is simply amazing. I’ll definitely try to make those cuffs. ๐Ÿ™‚
    have a nice day

  88. becky. says:

    such an amazing idea! i’d love to make some but my parents think it’ll break their oven haha ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  89. diana kang says:

    this is genius! xx

  90. j. says:

    wow love these, thanks for sharing

  91. what a stellar idea?!?!


  92. will definitly do it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Email you when I’m done!

  93. Anemone says:

    You are so inspiring! It is a joy to read your blog. I really adore your style and every post is very interesting. Thank you so much for blogging! I’ll try this some time, if I’m allowed to…

  94. Nenna Woods says:

    what a great idea, can’t wait to try to make some !

  95. kathy says:

    amazing! i’m a huge fan of your blog!

  96. Mal says:

    Wow, DIY hair cuffs/rings is a great idea. I’ve been looking for some for ages and can’t seem to find any in Australia. I’ll have to give them a go.

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  98. Rosamy says:

    I want to do this, it’s amazing! Keep up Ivania ๐Ÿ™‚

  99. Anonymous says:

    well you really are perfect arent you

  100. cocorosa says:

    Wow!! <3 You seriously never fail to amaze me ๐Ÿ™‚

  101. steph says:

    I’m soooo going to make these cuffs. I’ll mail the photo later!

  102. ASH says:

    They look so cool!

  103. Linda says:

    WOW! Supertof! Je moet ze gaan verkopen… zo mooi!

  104. lucille says:

    Whatta great idea! Keep up with your creativity.

  105. julia lang says:

    WOW just WOW…
    You always hit me with your posts… AMAZING!!!!!!!

    Love from London


  106. Suze says:

    dit is zo grappig! ik en mijn vriendin hadden het er vorige week over dat we cuffs wouden maken uit perspex! daar is deze diy wel handig voor… echt supertof

  107. mrdavidPOP says:

    very good post, love the idea – innovative.


  108. mrdavidPOP says:

    very good post, love the idea – innovative.


  109. i think the bubbles add a lot of character actually!!!
    great idea!

    <3 Kelsey

  110. Ausra says:

    AMAZING is not even the right word for this!

  111. Wix says:

    I am so amazed! ๐Ÿ˜€

  112. I love transparent jewelry,…
    my favourit is the small one for the hair.
    By the way, fantastic blog. I am a real fan ๐Ÿ˜‰

    xx, Johanna

  113. love your idea with perspex! I’ll try!

  114. Too amazing, cannot wait to try it. Super blog lovely, now I have found it I can’t wait to keep reading X

  115. L Team says:

    Great Idea. Loving this and loving your blog! Following.

  116. Sรณley says:

    I’m so doing that.

    – Sóley
    we are purple

  117. Anonymous says:

    im having a bit of a hard time fitting the hair cuff around my hair..maybe because my hair is too short, do you think? It’s sooo cute though, please sell these!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  118. Rhea Dillon says:

    Love this thanks for the idea!

  119. Julieta says:

    WOW! I’m so glad I discovered your blog, I’m officially hooked now, these cuffs are fantastic!

    xoxo julieta

  120. Milena says:

    I really really want to try this, but im so scared im going to screw it up!!!


  121. Pfoe, ik moest voor school iets ontwerpen, en ik wilde graag met doorzichtig plastic ofzo werken. Maar dit lijkt me dus echt helemaal goed, dankjewel!! ๐Ÿ™‚ (hoewel het me inderdaad ook heel gaaf lijkt om er een armband ofzo van te maken…)

  122. this is soooo genius. soo stunning. i am deffinitly going to try this out.
    great ideas
    love, alex

  123. kuchenna says:

    omg, you definitely rock! i think, i’m gonna visit leroy merlin for the first time ever ๐Ÿ™‚

  124. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this! I picked a linked thread up on Pinterest and then to Love Aesthetics.

  125. Hair Romance says:

    Love this! I found this post via Oh The Lovely Things and hope you don’t mind I’ve linked to you in my post today

  126. Egle says:

    great DIY! ๐Ÿ™‚ I really like it and i’ve been wanting to try it for ages. Yesterday I finally did it and it was so simple. My perspex was very thin so it took 1-2 min to melt and I managed to bend it carefully with bare arms. if you want to see how it went :

  127. Ilona says:


    I finally got to make my cuffs after finding perspex to melt. It was not an easy task to find it actually as in our local hardware sore it is sold by meter on a very unreasonable price. Anyways, there are number of sellers on Ebay to order from, pieces sold in A4 format. It only takes a second to carve into the sheet with a stanley knife and brake it just like you said. Wack it in the pre-heated oven at 200C for under 5 minutes. My own take on the procedure is that after I took out the melted/softened perspex I quickly placed it over a rolling pin and got a perfectly shaped cuff. I used a 11*16 piece to get the desired result. Safety must be considered!!!! the softened perspex is very hot do not touch it with bare hands! ๐Ÿ™‚ I will send you some pictures later in PM.

  128. I find the bubbles very charming. Thank you for the idea! I just found your blog today and I am in love. Thank you for your efforts.

    – Lindsay

  129. Anonymous says:

    I’ve tried to shape perspex by using a heat blow dryer(not a hair dryer), but one bought at a convenient store, they a quite cheap, and you can shape things a lot easier, and if you prefer a “cleaner” look without heat bubbles it’s also perfect, just remember not to put the dryer to close ๐Ÿ™‚

  130. Lisa says:

    Ik heb je foto met arm cuffs gebruikt voor een inspiratie post, hoop dat je het niet erg vind! Met link erbij natuurlijk!

  131. Irina says:

    WOW!! thank you so much for sharing this! will totally do this! <3

  132. Angela Alvin says:

    Transparent jewelry like Designer Cuffs, accessories and heels seen at la Maison MM, Simone Rocha and pretty much every where else. Perspex is such an easy material to work with, it bends with heat and hardens in regular temperatures. If you own an oven, you can make these! You can be sure that I’ll be experimenting more with this material(sensing a neck cuff?), but for now I’m estatic about today’s project and can not wait to wear my cuffs over a thin knit or silk longsleeve, they literally go with everything.

  133. Claudia says:

    may i ask? will the oven be poisonous when we do the heating step??? or can we use boiling or microwave???
    please reply ><

  134. What kind of file do I need?

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  136. I love your idea! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  137. Amanda says:

    This is fantastic! Thanks for this great idea. I can’t wait to try it!

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