WhatIWore: I’ve seen so many bloggers rock out great neon necklaces or create beautiful DIY baubles, and I’ve been wanting my own version as well. Just last weekend I saw an old wooden beaded necklace and thought to myself - that would be a great place to start!! A quick trip to the craft store and I was on my way!
Before we get started, this project involves paint (potentially messy) and some small tools (sharp!) so be smart and safe!
- Old beaded necklace (wood works well!)
- Jewelry Making Wire
- Rings and Clasps
- Neon Spray Paint
- Additional Beads
- Pliers and Wire cutters
How To Make It:
I started by cutting the beads off the original necklace and spray painting them yellow and pink. I probably did 4 light coats of paint, moving the beads after each spray and dry.
The following afternoon, I sanded the beads a bit where the paint was bumpy and used Adam’s suggestion to paint the beads already strung onto some floss. It made the process much easier, so do it that way!
Once everything was dry, I got out my painted beads, store bought beads and wire and just started playing around!
I’ve never been trained at jewelry making, so I just wove the wire around and twisted it to secure. It’s really helpful to raid your own jewelry stash and identify how those necklaces were made. If that’s seems overwhelming, try stringing your beads onto multiple strands and securing them all with an O ring and clasp in back. Play around with it! If you don’t like the result, you can always start over!
When: March 19, 2012
- Blouse: Cactus Flower
- Necklace: Jess LC
- Skirt: Vintage, Altered
- Clutch: DIY, Kodak Gallery
- Shoes: Jessica Simpson via TJMaxx
- Bracelets: Target, Thrifted
- Nail Polish: Finger Paints in Lemon Sour
Why: There’s so much before and after to address in this post! On Friday morning I got the itch for a new ‘do and I just couldn’t wait to make an appointment, so I dropped by my salon hoping for a cancellation and ended up chopping off a few inches! I also did super subtle highlights, best seen when I whip my hair back and forth.
I’m also pretty excited about this vintage skirt that I’ve updated to wear this spring. It was one of the pieces that belonged to the woman who’s house I stayed at last winter and I took the maxi length up to the knee. The weight of the cotton was just too much (and too prairie) to wear as is, so I did a 20 minute alteration and am thrilled with the result. To save major time, I chopped the skirt and original hem, put them right sides together and did a long horizontal seam. Pretty cute, huh?
Last but not least, here’s my self designed Queen of Clubs clutch. I actually did three variations in different suits as sketches, so I think I’m going to develop a forth, draw them out in color and frame ‘em! Fun fact: my card game of choice is Euchre!
WhatIWore: If you’ve read What I Wore before, you know I’m a crafty kind of gal and I love putting my own do-it-yourself touch on everything from clothing to shoes to bags. My most recent project is a set of digitally printed clutches (and a tote!). Although I could have attempted free hand painting or stenciling onto a pre-made clutch, I didn’t want to risk losing the crisp lines and overall feel and that’s why I decided that digital printing was a must. To get the perfect look, I’ve partnered up with Kodak Gallery. Their service is a great way to get a high end look and feel while having your own, one of a kind design.
INSPIRATION: When I started working on my clutches, I was thinking about it more as a collection rather than singular items. And collections have a theme, right? I’ve always been such a fan of the 1960s from typography to fashion to patterns and prints, so I knew I wanted to work in that direction.
Have you ever noticed the highly geometric designs within playing cards? I love how the patterns flip upright either way you hold the card and how much fine detail is included within the garments. I thought it would be fun to take a playing card and redraw my own design using the sixties inspiration I’ve collected with my own Queen of Clubs card.
PRODUCT: I narrowed down my mini collection into three clutches and one tote bag. The clutch has a buttery leather outer shell - your design on front and black on back. The tote is a nylon, metal and leather combo. The quality of materials is more high end designer than craft store project - which I love! I’ve also been thinking about going back with one of the designs to make my own iPhone case or compact.
PROCESS: To begin you’ll need an image you want to use to create your digital accessory. Photos are the easiest, but you can use a custom design like I did. If you’re creating your own design, give yourself a nice border so you can appropriately size your image onto the item. I went back and forth many times between Photoshop and the Kodak Gallery to re-size my image/add more or less border to make it perfect. It was easier for the floating designs that didn’t have a specific edge (like my hexagon pattern above), but the playing card took some precision. Either way, they both came out great.
Jump on over to Kodak Gallery to design your own custom leather clutch and get free shipping while you’re at it! (Offer ends 4/23/2012).