Friday, April 6, 2012

How To Semi DIY Your Necklace


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Got this 'collar' necklace a couple of weeks ago but you don't see the collar shape.  So I changed it.


STEP 1.  Flip it over to see the links that join each square stone together.

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STEP 2.  Taking sharp scissors and starting from the bottom center of the necklace, slowly snip a link at a time. Rhinestones will fall. You are cutting them out to create that 'V' opening.

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STEP 3.  Keep slowly snipping links.   You can see the gap to create  a V shape.

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STEP 4.  Flip the necklace front side to check for uniformity and a defined v-shape.  This is where I stopped.

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STEP 5.  Check the overall effect.

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STEP 6. I made about 5 snips of the links to make a more defined collar. It's imperfect but I like stuff that way.

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STEP 7.  Layer over anything.  I wore mine today over a vintage T-shirt but dresses or plain T-shirts will work

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Yea I know.  Collars are everywhere and we're probably getting sick of them.  Got to say though.  I've been looking for months for a vintage necklace collar.  Not sure that qualifies as the difference but regardless. The search continues.  Until I find it I ordered this one from Forever21.

Didn't really love: it's too rounded.  But it didn't cost a rent cheque so I got the scissors and cut in a more defined V shape for a collar.  (Thx Tess for the brilliant inspiration).

TIP:  I can see these steps being done to all sorts of inexpensive rhinestone necklaces. You don't like the shape? DO NOT THROW IT.  Grab your scissors and cut it into one you do like.  I think the more irregular the shape, the more interesting a piece you'll create anyway that's unique to you.

If you can't be asked or are a scissor phobe:

Dannijo Hixson Necklace
Topshop Mesh Necklace
Young Frankk Hammered Necklace
Also try Etsy?


29 comments:

  1. Wow that is a really cool DIY. You are very creative with the resources you have.
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  2. super cool i love this! esp because the collar necklace i wanted on jewelmint sold out a few days ago! need to try :)


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  3. The imperfect collar with the tee go perfectly together!

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  4. Thats a really cool idea!

    xx
    leather-clouds.blogspot.com

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  5. nice inspiration!

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  6. Great idea!!!!!!!

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  7. Who would have thunk it! great idea and nicely done (insert nodding head)

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  8. I love it. I was just in Forever 21 yesterday and they have some great necklaces, loads of beads... defo getting some, great value.

    My blog post tomorrow has some of my faves.

    Marian,

    My Blog:
    myownfashionfreedom.blogspot.com

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  9. The result is very nice! Subtle difference, but it's worth it!

    xoxo,

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  10. Nice, I have a few that I can change up.

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  11. Love this idea - I have a few that I can change up.

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  12. Looks great! I do want a rhinestone one, my sisters store has some collar necklaces, seems i'm collecting *hides face. love your blog!

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  13. this is amazing! i especially love the way you layered it over the vintage t-shirt. rad.
    xx
    dressedyet.blogspot.com

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  14. omg this is the best idea I saw that necklace in forever 21! definitely doing this.

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  15. Another tip: you can dye your necklace with nail polishing !

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  16. Another tip/ idea: you can "paint" your necklace with nail polish.

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  17. That looks much better. Collars are being done to death at the moment, but this one's a bit different, I think because it looks like actual jewelry rather than just a collar? It's really cute anyway! x

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  18. Looks much better, I really like it :)

    xx Isabel

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  19. - Yuhr version is def better than the original. More trendy :)

    xo Mo

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  20. Love this!
    OK, I have what is surely a stupid question: how is it that the whole thing doesn't fall apart once you start cutting? Is there a particular way you have to cut it in order to keep from destroying it? Thanks!

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    1. Look at the back side of it in picture # 2. You see those squares? Those are each a rhinestone. You want to cut in BETWEEN those squares where you see a thin link. I cut that link that holds each rhinestone together.

      Start at the bottom center of the necklace. You will see a few rhinestones fall but it won't be much. Maybe 4?

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  21. this is an awesome collar necklace karen! wish i can find a vitage one like this too here!

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  22. Amazeballs! I want to have a collar necklace too! :) Nice one Karen! :)

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  23. You can find a lovely and more defined collar necklace here

    http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33060&storeId=13052&productId=4219744&langId=-1&categoryId=&parent_category_rn=&searchTerm=Mesh%20Bib%20Collar%20Necklace&resultCount=1

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  24. i NEED to know where you got that Johnny Cash shirt! please!!! and PS. JUST found the exact same collar you made at topshop here! http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=81&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33060&storeId=13052&productId=6240808&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=208714&parent_categoryId=208582&pageSize=20&refinements=category~[210064|208714]&noOfRefinements=1&siteID=J84DHJLQkR4-JYjLVuqLg1GR4MHolABjCQ&cmpid=aff_ls_tsus&_$ja=tsid:21416|prd:J84DHJLQkR4

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