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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

DIY Statement Necklace

Once upon a time, I bought a couple statement necklaces that everybody is wearing these days. But I had a problem. How do I wear them? Just with any outfit? What kind of earrings do I wear with it? Do colors need to match or coordinate or not? So I googled 'How to wear statement jewelry', and an article I found told me not only how to style them but also to make my own. So I thought "I have so much jewelry that I don't wear, would I wear it if it was all together?" So I looked on Pinterest for some ideas and decided to go for it. I made two.

Here is what I did for the first one sorta following this tutorial:

I took little pieces of jewelry and things I had and arranged them the way I wanted.
The green flowers are earrings. I made the orange flower out of ribbon. The read ribbon is wrapped around a button. The denim circle at the bottom left is also a button. The charcoal craziness next to that and the black and white flower on the right side are both rings [with the ring part taken off]. The pink gems are a broach and the turquoise cross is a necklace pendant.

The tutorial I looked at that for most of my inspiration used felt behind the pieces, but I didn't have any. So I used denim from a pant leg of some jeans I recently cut off into shorts. We will see how well it holds up.
  1. Anyway, I laid out all these pieces the way I wanted on the fabric as close together as possible. I wanted very little fabric showing through. I put the earrings in the top corners because I was going to use the little rings on them for the chain around my neck later.
  2. I then hot glued all the pieces down.
  3. Then I cut the denim fabric out as close to the edge of the bib as possible.
  4. I tied ribbon through the rings on the tops of the earrings and left them long enough to tie around my neck. [I may go back later and put a chain instead of ribbon but I didn't have anything like that in the apartment].

For the second one, I found this tutorial for a braided necklace and sort of followed it...

I used 3 old necklaces that I never wear, 6 lengths of ribbons, and 2 binder rings.
  1. I put one of the rings through all the necklaces.
  2. I tied the ribbons around the ring arranged in such a way to create three equal sections. [Sorry I didn't take pictures of this part]
  3. Each section consisted of one necklace and 2 ribbons.
  4. I braided the sections.
  5. When I got to the end, I put the other ring through the necklaces again and did my best to tie the ribbons around it.
  6. Lastly, I tied more purple ribbon around the rings and left enough room to tie them around my neck.

I considered again using some sort of chain instead of the ribbon around my neck, but I wanted to stick with supplies I had on hand. I also considered doing something with the ribbons besides just tying them to the rings, but I decided I like the unfinished look.

Now lets see if I am ever bold enough to wear them somewhere besides my own apartment.

What do you think?
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