Thursday, March 25, 2010

DIY Fashion Tutorial: Necklace

Packing, sewing, teaching, packing sewing teaching, packingsewingteaching, it all begins to run together. Needing a distraction, I played around with another Anthropologie inspired necklace.

Here's what I came up with.

And here is how to create your own.
Pull out some silk flowers, vintage buttons and dupioni silk.



I covered the flowers with two coats of Liquitex Matte Medium.
This stiffened them up nicely.



After the flowers dried, I removed the plastic centers and pushed through vintage shank buttons.



The remaining flowers I covered with 3 D Crystal Lacquer.

This gave them the high gloss enamel effect I was looking for.

The base for the necklace is a tube of 1" cotton welting, covered in dupioni silk.

It is sheered onto the welt cording.

Hand stitch on two long ties, pleating in the middle on both sides.


Place your flowers onto the welting.

For some reason I hand stitch whenever I can.


I only resort to the glue gun for the flowers that could not be stitched down.
(A normal person might glue all the flowers down.)


In my world, "more is always better" ,
so another texture was introduced with the feathers.


The finished necklace can be tied off to the side, so the bow is in front or worn with the tie in the back.

Funs over.
Now back to packing, sewing, teaching.

21 comments:

Me! said...

Absolutely lovely! Thank you for the kind tutorial . . . but I gotta to tell you . . . it smacks of teaching. :)

~ Debbi

Linamea said...

I love it! And the gloss really makes a difference to the flowers. Very shiny :-) What a great way to wear as a statement piece. And the yellows and orange are just perfect for Spring! :-)

Mizpah,
Li

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

I love it! And the gloss really makes a difference to the flowers. Very shiny, they look like they are made from glass :-) What a great way to wear as a statement piece. And the yellows and orange are just perfect for Spring! :-)

Mizpah,
Li

(sorry 'bout the prior comment. I got my username wrong. Please disregard the first one. thanks!)

vivian said...

Amazing! I love how the flowers are altered to look like enamel!
your are sooo very creative!

Pam Aries said...

Zoweeee! I bow to you and your royal creativeness. Stunning! THose flowers would look mighty cool on a hat..or as a pin...

Jewelsandfinery said...

How lovely. The gloss, stiffener and buttons just transform the flowers.
Thank you for showing how to do this
All the best Sue

inventivesoul said...

GORGEOUS!!!!
I AM SO IMPRESSED!!!
And very much inspired!!!!

Lissie said...

Wow! How cool and beautiful!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Whimsey Creations said...

That is awesome! Just beautiful.

Ann Martin said...

Really, really pretty - I love transformations like this... from regular old 'silk' flowers to ones that are glassy and gorgeous!

Flowersbyfarha said...

I'm so frustrated! For some reason it is taking forever to download the photos, and from what I can see, this project is looking gorgeous--

Can't wait to see the rest of it.

Jodi said...

gorgeous :)

The Beading Gem said...

Awesome tutorial!! I appreciated the tips about how to stiffen the silk flowers. Thanks for sharing! I will link in an upcoming blog post.

Melinda Cornish said...

this is really beautiful...I like that you added the feathers too!

Azure Islands Designs said...

Gorgeous piece...great tutorial!!! A pin with those flowers would be lovely!
Cheers

Rebbie said...

This is the most exquisite necklace I have seen. Now I just have to give it a try myself and see where it takes me. I wish to see more of your designs.

Rebbie said...

This is the most exquisite necklace I have seen. I wish to see more of your designs.

One Crabapple said...

How Fun !

Love This

Love the Colors

Love YOU !

xo-S.

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Sophan Theam said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial.

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Michele P said...

I LOVE this necklace. Where do you purchase your matte medium? I have looked everywhere and can't seem to find that exact product.
thanks
Michele P