Thursday, October 15, 2009

DIY Oh I like your necklace

(Everything is clickable)

I don't claim to have invented this look or even perfected it. I actually saw a DIY on Love Meagan last week where she showed people how to make a gorgeous layered necklace. So why am I doing a DIY? To show you an additional way to make it without tools or destroying your necklaces.

First I took a bunch of costume necklaces.

I stuck with similar colors (sliver and black) because I am still on the edge about mixing metals. I see it on others and like it and still highly dislike the look on myself. (sometimes I am too much a Libra for my own good)
I started wrapping the necklaces around one another and played with it until I was satisfied. I then started clipping them to one another using their own clasps. I rotated ends so they held one another. (This also means sometimes two or 3 necklaces would be held with one clasp.

Then I held the necklace up to my neck and figured out how I wanted it to lay. I pried jump rings open with my fingers and hooked them on the necklace ends and attached the clasp.

That is it!

Very simple really. This way it is completely reversible. That is kinda why I don't do more DIYs of repurposing items. I suffer from "what if" What if I want to wear that one necklace again that I haven't worn in 5 years. (bah) I also am impulsive and don't usually plan any of my DIYs ahead of time. I am a "Oh what if I " and do it right then and don't think about documenting it. I will try to document more often because I have been asked to show how I make some of my jewelry.

I almost forgot to mention the name part. My name was always hard to find on items growing up and now as an adult I buy anything I see with it spelled correctly. This was a $1 rhinestone necklace from the Christmas Tree shop. The necklace broke a long time ago. I attached it with two jump rings to one of the necklaces once the necklace was done. Kinda adds that lovely tack factor I kinda love.
One of my favorite quotes ever was said by Dolly Parton "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap."

I have been MIA this past week. I hope to be back this weekend and might be MIA next week. I will let you know why when I am back.

Edited to add. I played with it a bit more...


Anonymous said...

thanks for the post. :)

Lorena said...

Being a totally WHAT IF person, this is a great idea!

Clare said...

Lovely tutorial, and love the final product!

BrooklynShoeBabe said...

1. It looks awesome.
2. I love folks who can DIY with fashion and have it come out well. I am always afraid of looking homemade.
3. October InStyle and Glamour mag both had stories on celebs rocking multi textured layered necklaces. I love the look but I don't think it would look great on me--too short necked. lol.

(I hope all is well.)

hillary said...

Brooklyn. HA! I shared Meagan's original with my friends asking if they thought I was too short for the look. NO ONE ANSWERED so I did it anyways.

I make things that look homemade all the time. It happens. I just end up tossing them. ha! I tossed one the other day actually! ha

ShopKim said...

I think it looks great!!

Sal said...

Brilliant! And the finished product looks amazing.

Kimberly said...

FANTASTIC!! You are totally shutting it down! Can I go home and play with my necklaces now?

BAM said...

That turned out great. I've just started layering my necklaces and like it mostly b/c I get to wear more of my jewelry. I hate seeing necklaces hanging knowing that I haven't worn them in forever.

The velveteen rabbit story adapted for acessories!

Mary said...

I LOVE this! Definitely something I'm going to have to try out for myself.

Jennifer said...

wow great idea- it came out great!!