Sunday, November 17, 2013

DIY – colorful statement necklace

I’m a huge DIY fan and I love making things for myself for a fraction of what they would cost if I were to buy them. I know many of you see things in magazines, online or on the runway and you get depressed because you think you could never afford them but, believe me, there are always creative ways to get a similar result for pennies or even using stuff you already have. They usually just need a little upgrade.

I took the photos for this tutorial a while ago but I just got around editing them and writing the text. By popular demand, today I’m showing you a step by step photo tutorial for a colorful rhinestone necklace. It’s really easy to make and the result it's very cool.

You will need: some old costume jewelry (rhinestone necklaces to be more precise), nail polish or sharpies (permanent markers), silver wire (optional) and cotton swabs.

Azi va arat cum sa transformati niste coliere vechi intr-un colier statment colorat de care nu o sa va mai puteti dezlipi. Pasii sunt simplu de urmat si rezultatul este spectaculos. Ideea mi-a venit cand am descoperit doua coliere cu cristale in cutia mea de bijuterii pe care nu le purtasem niciodata pentru ca erau prea "de nunta" si nu se potriveau cu mai nimic. Ale mele erau noi, dar partea buna este ca pot sa fie si intr-o stare mai proasta, cu cristale innegrite, orice gasiti abandonat prin casa poate fi folosit si o sa arate la fel de bine la final.

Iata de ce aveti nevoie pentru acest proiect: cateva coliere cu cristale, lac de unghii in diferite nuante, sarma argintie si betisoare pentru urechi.

So I had these two rhinestone necklaces that were just laying around never worn before mainly because I found them too bridal for my outfits. They were also too small by themselves.

Acestea sunt cele doua coliere de care va povesteam (inainte de transformare) - destul de ok, dar genul pe care nu le purtam niciodata si ramaneau parasite in cutie de fiecare data.

I have way too many bottles of nail polish so it was high time to use them for more than just my nails.  Obviously the ones pictured are just a small percent of my collection (I didn't want to scare you:)))).

The first thing I did was to mash the two necklaces together and make a bigger one out of them. You might need some silver wire to connect them and effortlessly make them look like a brand new necklace!

Primul lucru pe care l-am facut a fost sa unesc cele doua coliere mai mici ca sa obtin unul mare. In cazul acesta s-au potrivit atat de bine ca forma incat nu a fost nevoie decat sa unesc lanturile, dar pentru alte forme dau daca vreti sa conectati mai multe coliere, s-ar putea sa aveti nevoie de sarma argintie subtire !

The next step is to decide the color scheme. I initially tried using permanent markers to color the rhinestones but they weren't pigmented enough to get the shades I wanted so I went for nail polish instead and it worked great. 

Pasul urmator este sa decideti ce combinatie de culori vreti sa folositi pentru a vopsi cristalele. Intial am vrut sa utilizez markere, dar pigmentul nu era suficient de puternic si efectul nu era mat asa cum imi doream asa ca am decis ca-i mai bine sa folosesc oja.

Choosing the perfect color mix it's actually the hardest part - I tried different combinations on a white piece of paper before settling on a blend of green, mint, blue and yellow.

Alegerea combinatiei de culori pe care urmeaza sa o folositi este partea cea mai grea: eu m-am tot gandit si razgandit pana sa ma opresc la un amestec de nuante de verde, albastru si galben cu accente mint. Incercati pe o coala de hartie inainte: cu puncte de oja de diferite culori alaturate ca sa vedeti cum merg impreuna.

The next step is to patiently start coloring the rhinestones - make sure and not load the brush with too much varnish! If you happen to apply too much nail polish on one of the rhinestones use a cotton swab to clear away the excess. I used the brushes from each nail polish bottle - no need for a separate paint brush. Another tip is to start from the top of the necklace and move down towards the bottom. I would also recommend color variation: use just a few colors but make sure there's enough contrast to make things interesting!

Odata ce ai ales culorile, urmatorul pas este coloratul cristalelor cu oja. Cel mai bine este sa incepi de sus in jos ca sa nu fie nevoie sa ai mereu grija sa nu strici/atingi ce ai vopsit deja. Scutura pensula inainte sa vopsesti un cristal, dar daca folosesti prea mult din greseala, nu te panica si indeparteaza excesul cu un betisor pentru urechi. Am folosit pensula fiecarei sticlute de oja - deci nu este nevoie de pensula separata. Secretul este sa gasesti o armonie intre culori si sa adaugi si putin contrast ca  rezultatul sa fie cat mai interesant.

 Ce ziceti? Va place ce a iesit? Are cineva de gand sa puna in aplicare acest tutorial? Imi puteti scrie daca doriti sa fac un tutorial pe o anumita tema si promit sa va fac pe plac daca pot!

What do you think? Planning to do this project yourself? If so I'd love to see photos with the end result! Let me know if you have any special requests for tutorial/DIY projects!

31 comentarii :

fashion doctor said...

o idee grozava, mi-am vopsit si eu cateva coliere, nu chiar asa. a iesit superb! pupici

melissa said...

Superb ti-a iesit si imi place si combinatia de culori!Sigur o sa incerc si eu!

Sacramento Amate said...

It really looks brilliant.

Style Squared said...

That is great !!!


thats an awesome DIY, love it!


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Alice Barton said...

such a simple yet cute DIY! xx
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aliceFashion said...

so beautiful :)

Pearl in fashion said...

Is looking amazing!!! :)

sashkonela said...

What a creative and PATIENT diy project. im` delighted with final solution, as well as with your patience to do all the details. Great job!

Dora said...

that is such a cool idea! I love the color pattern you chose

Jen27 said...

Wow, what a fun, creative project! Looks lovely :)


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Ivana Džidić said...

amazing DIY!

RaeAbigael said...

oh wow! super nice idea! i might do this too. thanks for sharing! :)))


April said...

That's genius! Why had I never thought of that before?! Great tutorial.

CanVirRies MTC said...

you make it sound so easy and it came out so beautifully.....i know this ain't gonna be easy but will definitely try it out....have a lovely week ahead dear


Anonymous said...

Looking good! You can't tell they're nail polish painted, which is such a plus in a DIY :)

Mamalina said...

Super! Tocmai ce mi-am amintit ca am si eu un astfel de colier :D! Thanks for the tip! Rezultatul e spectaculos!



Alice in vintageland said...

@fashion doctor - multumesc, din pacate nu am timp sa pun in aplicare nici 10% din ideile de DIY pe care le am, poate ma impulsioneaza rubrica aceasta

Alice in vintageland said...

@melissa - multumesc, abia astept sa vad ce-ti iese, planuiesc sa fac si o combinatie de culori mai calda cand mai gasesc niste coliere potrivite!:)))

Alice in vintageland said...

@sashkonela and @CanVirRies - it's really much easier than it looks like, I made it in 30 minutes once I decided which colors to use! Thank you so much!

Alice in vintageland said...

@kittenhood - thank you, yeah if something looks like it wasn't made by a kindergartener it's all good!:)))

Alice in vintageland said...

@Mamalina - super, sa ne arati ce iese!:)

Anaivilo said...

Ce frumos eeee! Si eu vreau sa incerc de ceva timp asa ceva, dar problema e ca nu gasesc coliere din astea sclipicioase. Ori gaseam , dar aveau si alte margelute sau pietre deja prea mari si deja prea sticloase.
Super si alegerea de culori!

Alice in vintageland said...

@Anaivilo - in general doua straturi de oja in nuanta mai inchisa o sa acopere orice (indiferent cat de sclipicios), ideea este sa lasi primul strat sa se usuce si apoi sa aplici altul pana iese ce vrei, eu am cumparat colierele online de prin china, offline cred ca pot gasi ceva pe la magazinele pentru mirese, poate la targuri vintage (desi s-ar putea sa fie prea scumpe pt a merita investitia).

Chantele Cross-Jones said...

This is very cool! Did you need to use a thin paintbrush or was the nail polish one thin enough?
Daisy Dayz

Alice in vintageland said...

@Chantele Cross-Jones - I used the brush that came with each nail polish bottle(they are thin enough to paint even the tiniest rhinestones)

Violeta Dumitru said...

Beautiful necklace!

Andrea Fernández said...

great idea!!!

Cassandra Too said...

This is such an innovative idea. Definitely can change up the necklaces/accessories as and when I like. :D

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Cath Brookes said...

Wow! Beautiful colors. Your necklace just turned more prettier.

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