I've seen a lot of beautiful neon necklaces all over the internet and I was hit by a serious longing for one, particularly Tom Binn's beautiful painted rhinestone necklaces. There's been a lot of DIYs of painted rhinestone necklaces too, and I've been meaning to try my hand at whipping up something for myself. I've been accumulating cheap jewelry for a while, and pulled this one out to practice on. I was originally planning on making it multicoloured, but then I remembered a sky blue necklace at Forever 21 that I sadly left behind when I purchased it's fuchsia twin. So I decided I had to have a sky blue necklace RIGHT NOW and that was basically the thought process behind this project.
There's not a whole lot to say about the process. I started with a silver rhinestone necklace that I picked up for cheap and a bottle of blue nail polish that was on sale at H&M. I started out carefully painting the rhinestones, but then decided that everything was going to be blue and just went at it. The only reason I chose to do this in nail polish rather than real paint is because that's what I had on hand. I think that if I was to do this properly, I'd use spray paint on a necklace like this that has a lot of nooks and crannies to get an even coat. It's passable as it is right now, but definitely not perfect!
I apologize for the wildly varying graphic design-- I'm trying to figure out a good look and will hopefully settle down once I find a good, honest typeface.
I actually painted in the rhinestones I left white and painted the back of that strand blue as well as I wanted a more matte and graphic look. However, I did this after I took photos!
Here's the necklace in action:
Necklace - $2 - Ardene's
Nail polish - $2 - H&M
Total cost of project = $4
See what I mean about the random silver strand? I thought it would be cute, but I think it just looked odd, so it's now also blue.
What do you think? Overall an improvement?