Monday, January 25, 2010

{DIY Day}

Today starts one of the several DIY projects that I plan to share with you. DIY projects are great because there is no other way to show ingenuity and inspiration than doing a project on your own. There's something about making one-of-a-kind pieces that are not available to the masses. Today's project is a necklace that I purchased in LA at Madewell 1937, which is the casual sister company to J.Crew.
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At first glance I immediately loved the various silver and gunmetal chains, and of course the crystal clusters, but I didn't care for the green neon beads dispersed around the necklace. But because the necklace was on sale, and I really liked it, I decided to buy and reconstruct it.
Neon green beads and crystals
I started with taking apart the entire necklace by cutting the wire and removing the neon green beads (as shown below)
Trio of destruction
Once I had the necklace completely taken apart, I took some time to figure out how I wanted it to look. While at Madewell 1937 I saw another necklace (much more expensive, btw) that had the crystals clustered together on one side and strings of chain on the other. So to create the-look-for-less, I started to wire all of the pieces back together...
putting necklace back together
...and here's the final piece!!!
final piece
So...what do you think? Please leave a comment - I would love to hear your thoughts!
Final Signature


  1. MUCH better! You're like me, you can see the potential in something. Now what are you going to do with those ghastly green beads?

  2. Wow! What a transformation. I definitley like the second necklace better than the first!

  3. I just stumbled across your blog and think it's fantastic. Tell me more about Modage.

  4. Great idea I really like it. Just last evening I taught myself how to make a viking knit chain, once you figure out how to get started it really isn't too bad. I'm going to share how to make one on my blog this week. I love DIY


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