Thursday, August 5, 2010

{Pullin' From the Archives - Necklace DIY}

For those of you that are new to Flourish {and even for all my loyal readers from day 1} I thought I would go back into my archives and post one of my favorite DIY projects again. {...sigh - ok, you're right, I was too lazy to create a new blog post today because I was out cruzin' in my new car last night...priorities, I know! You would have done the same thing, right? For those that I haven't seen it yet via my Twitter or Facebook, I'll post a pic tomorrow}. LOL -  really, this is one of my favorite DIYs and every time I wear the necklace, I always get asked if I created it. My answer - "well sort of - I re-created it"...
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, again? :-)
Final Signature

1 comment:

  1. This is, by far, one of my favorite necklaces you wear. Genius! I'll take 3- one for me, and two for gifts. Please and thank you :)


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