Saturday, January 15, 2011


I have had this picture in my inspiration file for quite some time now.
I love this necklace.
I started thinking that maybe it wouldn't be that hard to make.
So today, I made one.
Here is mine.
Not exactly the same, but I will show you how I made it for $2.99!

Here are the materials you will need.

From left to right, top to bottom.

Chain. You can use one that you already have.

I picked mine up at a thrift store for $1.99 and cut off the charm.

Black paper for your silhouettes. I already had, so it was free.

Antique {or new} drapery rings.

My friend gave me some and I purchased some second hand for $1.00.

It looks best to have a variety of sizes and colors. You could spray paint them whatever color you like, if you find some second hand and don't like the color.

A circle cutter, I already had this.

If you don't have one, scissors work just fine.

Cream colored paper. You use this for the background of your silhouette.

I used cream, however, you can use white, or whatever you like.

Strong glue. I had E6000 on hand, but super glue, or anything similar would work.

Wire cutters. Use these to cut off the clips from the drapery rings.

And finally diamond glaze.

You can find this at any craft store for around $5.99.

I already had some from a bottle cap project Cody did.

First, cut 1 circle out of the cream paper and 1 circle out of the black paper.
These should be the same size as your drapery ring.
{you can use a glue stick for this}
the cream paper to the top of the black paper.
{the black paper will be the back, so if you'd like you could use vintage sheet music, or patterned scrapbook paper}
{note: it is a good idea to use card stock for this, the thicker paper is easier to work with}
Print out your silhouette onto any regular paper.
{tips for making silhouettes can be found here}
I shrunk mine down in a word document.
Cut out your silhouette and trace it onto black paper, then cut that out.
It helps to have small scissors for this.
Then use a glue stick to adhere that to the top of your circles, on the cream paper.
Use the wire cutters to cut off the clips that come on the drapery rings. Be sure to leave some of the wire as you will need this to hook onto you chain.
Next use your e6000 or super glue to adhere the drapery ring to the cream paper.
Let dry at least an hour.
Fill the centers of your rings with the diamond glaze.
This takes a while to dry.
I let mine dry about 8 hours, but overnight would be even better.
When it's all dry, attach the rings to your chain, and your done!

You could also do letters or numbers etc.
I am picturing a necklace with 3 rings and initials.
{in my case}
for Valentines day.
Have fun!


Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

What a great gift for Valentine's Day. This is really, really, clever! Thanks for sharing how you did it!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

I love this, how fun would it be to make the chain kinda have a line hang down with the charms on it too! Very cool idea!

Dear Lillie said...

This is gorgeous, Melaine!

Karen said...

So So cute,love it!

Christi said...

That is such a great idea for a special piece of jewelry! I love it!

AntiqueChase said...

Wow, what a FAB project. I have diamond glaze in my scraproom and didn't know it could do this!!

Hood Canal Gal said...

What a great idea Melanie, love it! Thanks so much for sharing.

Victoria said...

Love these! Thanks for sharing!

Amber said...

Super cute!! Love that!! It came out really gorgeous. {btw...I totally have that photo in my inspiration file also! lol!}xo...Amber

Christi said...

Thanks for sharing your how-to on this! I've had this picture for a while, too, but could not begin to figure out how to make it.

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Dixie Delights said...

I love it! I love silhouettes nearly as much as I love monograms. Great idea!

Kendra @ House of Ficek said...

Wow, that is a great craft project. It even seems like I may be able to pull that one off! Very cute.

Tracey said...

Loves, loves, loves this! I actually have all these supplies too. Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration.

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

This is such a cute idea! Yours turned out soo well!

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Melanie-

Your copy looks just as good as your inspiration piece. How clever of you. Great idea and tutorial - Thanks

My best- Diane

mary said...

Thanks so much for the great tutorial,love love the necklace,going to get my supplies today and try to copycat too!

The enchanted home said...

I am impressed! That is sooo pretty, creative and very custom. I love it. Great idea and what a wonderful gift that would make. Thanks for sharing this with us....

Kiri said...

This is super cute! Great project!


julie said...

oh my goodness! you did a fab job! i need to try it! thanks for sharing!

Dandelion's Cottage said...

Love that!

Pinecone said...

Your necklace really turned out great! I have seen the picture too...but would never have figured out how to copy it.
Thanks for sharing,

Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing! Such a great necklace and you have made it seem so easy...can't wait to try it myself!

HRH Sarah said...

That is SO COOL! Thanks so much for sharing- this is a project I might actually try to accomplish. I love how professional yours turned out, I can't imagine getting those tiny little pics cut out so perfectly!

Becolorful said...

love this. I'm guessing diamond glaze can be found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels? Is is usually where they keep Modge Podge?

Emily@SENSELESSsophistication said...

What an amazing tutorial! It came out so absolutely gorgeous!!! LOVE!

I'm Sarah said...

This is so cool! I think I'll give it a try too

Meg said...

Woot!! So making these for my mom and mil. THANKS!

paige said...

holy moly, yours look fabulous!!!

All That Jazz said...

Very creative and cute Melaine!

Rachel Noelle said...

LOVE the necklace! Im not very crafty so I would have to buy one!! ;)Rachel

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Brittany said...

I just really love this! Thanks for the inspiration and the idea. I'm linking this post to my blog so I can always remember it. :)

The Crafty Side Of Life said...

LOVE your blog!!

Please come visit mine and become a follower!!!
Plus, join my linky party as well this weekend!

Jazmin said...

Love this! I think I might even make a key chain for my dad cause he's such a doting grandpa. Thanks!!

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