Thursday, August 16, 2012

DIY: NEON NECKLACE


So, as you may have realized (or not, but it's ok), for the last Fatshion Faceoff post I wound up making my own neon necklace.  I've been meaning to make one for forever.  Seriously, I've had this necklace from Forever21 in my To DIY box (yes, I have one of those) for like months and months (or so it feels).  I've been wanting to turn it into a Tom Binn's-esque creation because, well, his stuff is fun and funky and bright, but also hundreds of dollars.  I saw a similar DIY for it here a while back on one of my favorite blogs, so I wanted to share the awesomeness and easiness of this project with you guys.  Especially since mine is peter pan collar one, I thought it'd be extra fun (your's can be any shape you want, though, so don't stress).  Let's go make it! --->



DIY: NEON NECKLACE A LA TOM BINNS


Assemble your supplies:
cheapie rhinestone necklace via F21, Claire's, garage sale, etc, the less prom queen in it the better (I'd go for quirky takes like this or this); white nail polish or a shade close to it; neon nail polishes (I chose pink and yellow, but added in orange at the last minute)


Take the white polish and paint some on each sparkly bit.  I didn't do it too carefully (cuz there were a LOT of rhinestones), but it still turned out ok.  Maybe if your necklace is gold-tone instead of silverly like mine, then maybe be more cautious?


Make sure they're all covered!  I thought all of the white kinda looked like a strange take on pearls/beads from a distance (you had to be there, I guess) and I considered stopping, but forged on in the end.  I had a neon mission to accomplish and whatnot.


Once all the white polish is dry, start dotting on your colored polishes!  I started to make mine a pattern, but it looked weird with the design of my necklace.  Go crazy, do tons of colors, make it yours!  You probably will need a second coat of polish though.  I did another one to get the really vibrant finish I wanted.  When you're done, let everything dry for at least a couple of hours (or preferably overnight).


And ta-da!  You're done!  Super cute and bright, right?  And this project was pretty inexpensive too, which makes it a great way to test out a trend while still getting all the fun of saying "yeah, I totally made this, how awesome am I, right?".  :)


Will you be making your own DIY neon necklace?  If you do, please make sure to email me a picture at diyfatshion@gmail.com and I'll feature you in all your fabulousness here on the blog!  I'd love to see what you come up with, you creative babe you.  :)

xo

14 comments:

  1. DIY fashion is something that always intimidates me because I'm not very handy, but this is definitely something I could do! Thank you for giving the tutorial, I never would've guessed from the initial photos that you had done this yourself. I think I'll be able to get a fun blue necklace out of this.

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  2. This is such a fun idea! I'm not really into the neon thing - but I like this necklace so much that maybe I'll do something like it.


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  3. Whoa, this blew my mind. I thought you'd beaded a collar necklace. I love nail polish jewellery in general, so I think this is a really cool diy. I may look through my jewellery collection, this seems like a cool way to update old pieces I don't wear much anymore.

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  4. Thanks so much Sian! I hope you get a chance to make your own! It's definitely a great way to revamp your older stuff. :)

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  5. Definitely give it a try! Neon or not, it's easy and fun. :) I'm thinking my next one will be darker fall colors, are maybe metallics!

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  6. Aw you could definitely do this one, then! I'm glad you'll be able to make your own necklace now, you'll have to send me a pic of you wearing your creation! :)

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  7. You know what... this is genius. It's so simple but so stunning at the same time. Awesome job! I'm jealous of your mad skills! :P

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  8. So cool! Never would have thought to use nail polish. What a great use for the millions of neon colors I own! I'm sure mine wouldn't look nearly as great as yours does but I love the idea!


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  9. Very clever, I love it! I have all the nail polish in the world, so now I just have to hunt down a necklace to cover in it! :)

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  10. Aw, thanks you! It's really super easy, you should make one too! :D

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  11. Thanks Sarah! I have too much nail polish too, so this is a good way of getting some extra use out of it! :D I can't wait to see what you come up with. xx

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  12. WOW! I gotta try this!!

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  13. You definitely should! It was fun and sooo easy. I can't wait to make another one with fall colors. :)

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  14. Wow very original. kisses
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