Pinterest DIY: Geometric Pendant Necklace

The official blog of the Indie Craft Parade is full of artist interviews, inspiration & DIY projects from around the web.   Their post on the geometric trend in art and accessories caught my interest, especially the 'Geometric Pendant' from Dismount Creative, which was the basis for my most recent creation.  In the interest of keeping things fancy, I made some alterations to the original DIY: rather than a single pendant, I made a double stranded necklace with clusters of geometric beads & incorporated neon pink into the color scheme.

Supplies:  sculpey clay (I used two packages of silver and 1 neon pink), chain for a necklace, exacto blade, thin knitting needle to poke holes into clay.

Directions:  Following the directions from Dismount Creative,  I conditioned the clay by hand and shaped it into a ball.  I pressed it onto the surface of my table to make the back nice and flat, then the holes were made in the beads using a thin knitting needle.  Next, I sliced the angles with a razor blade and baked the beads  in the oven for 60 minutes at 275 degrees (follow the directions for baking on the clay package).  To create the marbled beads, I kneaded scraps of the silver and pink clay together.  The necklaces I used came in a two-pack from the craft store; I extended the second necklace with jump rings and attached it to the clasps on the longer necklace (see image below).


Pinterest DIY: painted wood necklace

Pinterest DIY is a new series of posts at Loose Tooth Studio!  I'll be following craft projects from around the web, documenting my results & variations here.   My first project was inspired by this wooden bead necklace by Urbane Jane.   Modeled after a Kate Spade original, she painted neon pink on wooden beads and strung them from a gold chain.  For more wearability, I altered the color scheme to robin's egg blue, gold and white.  The glitter paint creates visual unity with the chain & reminds my of the formica countertops in my old apartment: familiar, comforting and slightly outdated.

The project called for: A package of wooden beads, jewelry findings, spacer beads and paint.  Instead of the gold spacer beads pictured to the left, I used clear gold glass beads leftover from my middle school jewelry making days.

A Q-tip was pushed inside each bead to make it easier to handle when painting. First, two coats of white paint followed by one coat of the blue 'ocean breeze' paint.  Make sure to use a soft brush-stiffer bristles will leave lines in your coat of paint.  Next, a thin layer of gold glitter paint over just the blue portion.  Lastly, each wooden bead was coated with a gloss varnish to protect the paint and make it shiny. I made a few small changes from the original:  I painted each bead completely to disguise the wood and made it into a double stranded necklace.  The finished piece measures 28" in length, with 16 beads on the long strand and 8 on the shorter end.  Fancy!


Weekend art camp: save the date DIY

This piece was made following a DIY from 'a beautiful mess' blog, an endless source of inspiration.  The project outlined the steps to converting a found work of art with some vinyl stickers and white paint.  I got to thinking that it would be a neat twist on our 'save the date' sign, and something that we could decorate our married house with down the road.  Thanks to Pinterest, I have been reading lots of DIY blogs about jewelry making, skirt sewing and the general re-purposing of all things good.
Welcome to weekend art camp: I decided to make my own background and began by breaking out the neon paints, layering in shapes and patterns.  Next, I cut out the letters from the vinyl sticker sheet and laid them out on the cradleboard to get an idea of spacing, etc.  I used a ruler to draw straight lines across the surface as a guide for my lettering.  After the stickers were in place, I painted two layers of white acrylic that had been thinned slightly with water-I wanted to have the 'ghost' of the painting show through in the background, rather than completely whiting it out.  After the white paint dried, Steven helped to carefully pry up the stickers, revealing the bright colors beneath.

This was a fun and quick craft project, using things I already had around my studio.  Stay tuned for more 'weekend art camp' posts!