Sunday, July 29, 2012

DIY: Singin' the Blues

I'm really terrible with DIY and craft projects.  I love making things, but I have a bad habit of starting projects and then abandoning them partway through and starting something else.  I've got a few projects on the go and a lot of ideas for more projects.  To my credit, I've finally finished one!

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?


  1. That looks really cool, great job!

    1. Thank you! Now I just have to finish all my other projects, haha. xD

  2. Wow, I love it! Total improvement. I love the new blue color and how you left some unpainted. It looks amazing.

    1. Thank you! I'm super glad that it looks better than it used to and not the other way around. xD

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    1. Thanks! It was super easy to boot! I was actually so happy with how it turned out, I painted a few more necklaces I had lying around. xD

  4. love the that your a crafty girl too...means your that.
    cant wait to see what else you have coming!!!


    1. Thank you! Heh, I've been feeling the crafty-ness lately, so I've got some other projects I hope to post about soon!




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