Four Ways: Embellished Neckline Sweater DIY

I’m definitely going to try this!

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Turn up the glam factor by embellishing the collar of your sweater with beaded appliqués.

SUPPLIES
55 x 55MM Hot-Fix R.S. Motif
E-6000
Sweater- Ours was from H&M

STEPS
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Apply a small amount of glue on the back of your 55 x 55MM Hot-Fix R.S. Motif.
HINT: We placed a piece of oak tag in between our sweater ensuring that the glue would not go through the other end of the sweater.DSC_5114Apply a small amount of pressure on the 55 x 55MM Hot-Fix R.S. Motif making sure the glue has set in.

DSC_5117Continue this technique for each of your 55 x 55MM Hot-Fix R.S. Motifs. We outlined the neck, but experiment with your pattern.

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This neckline was worthy of a ballerina bun. DSC_5280

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Some Kate Spade Inspiration

I like this project not only because it is neon (You can do no wrong with neon..kind of), because it doesn’t look like one of those shifty do-it-yourself crafts, and because it seems pretty simple to make, as I’m not great with directions. Because I am new to DIY crafts I have to figure out where exactly to get the tools and supplies; but, once I do..watch out! My creativity won’t be able to be stopped!

Enough of me..here are the directions. Enjoy

 

I saw this diy done before & thought I might give it a whirl (my wardrobe is seriously lacking pops of colour & thought this statement necklace would be parrrfect).
Here are some of the supplies I used (not pictured is the thinner chain, the small gold beads, and the Varathane):

 

My first step was using painters tape and two coats of my neon paint on the 1 inch wood beads.

 

note: it’s always good to smooth down all of the edges of the painters tape, so you don’t get some bleeding edges like I did!

 

After they dried, I gave them two good coats of Varathane for some extra shine.

 

The end of the chain that would hold the beads was secured with a closure,

 

and I attached the thicker chain on with a ring.

 

I then began adding my wooden & gold beads, like so.

 

When I was done stringing them on, I again used another closure and ring.

 

Then I measured my necklace to the length I wanted, snipped the thicker chain & attached it to the closure (I didn’t use a lobster clip, but just wanted it one continuous necklace).

 

The final product looks almost as good as the real thang (but for a HECKUVALOT cheaper! Try less than $10, compared to Kate Spade’s $128 bauble!)
Let’s compare, shall we?
Kate Spade’s Rosewood Dot Necklace:

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      Inspired –>
I wore it to work today & got a really positive response. I even had a cheeky student ask if she could have it. hmm… Kate Spade has an eye for youthful fashion!

 

Anthropologie Inspired Necklace

I saw the necklace first and said to myself, “where can I buy this??” Then, I realized that I can just make it. This is why DIY projects are so amazing. The post is from Not Without Heels and in my opinion, I think the inspired necklace is better than the original. Take a look below and decide for yourself!

A few weeks ago I spotted the Byzantine Floral Choker necklace online at Anthro and fell in love with the design. What I did not fall in love with was paying $58 for a necklace made of metal and plastic (yes, plastic). I realize in Anthro-land that’s practically a bargain buy compared to some of their other jewelry, but still. Anyways, I absolutely knew I could come up with a DIY version and even had some beads that same green color.

Not Without Heels: DIY Anthro Byzantine Floral Choker

I’m so happy with how it turned out! Here’s how I made it.

String six beads onto several feet of fishing line and tie them into a circle, leaving a couple inches of string on one side and the rest of the string on the other. (Note: might be overboard on the length, but better too have too much than not enough). Weave both ends through a couple beads. String one more bead, bringing it to the center, and take your thread through the bead on the opposite side.

I am much more of a visual person, so for these next few I tried to draw the path of the string so it’s easier to see what I’m attempting to explain with words.

String 8 small beads, wrap them around the large bead to their right, and then take your thread through the large bead you just wrapped around. (This should leave your thread exiting the same place it did before this step). Go back through the first 3 small beads.

String 5 more small beads. Wrap them around the next large bead (going clockwise) and take the string through the large bead after the one you just wrapped around.

Add 5 more small beads and then go through the last 3 small beads from the previous step. Go back through the bead you just wrapped around, then through the next 3 small beads.

String 5 more small beads. Wrap them around the next large bead and take the string through the large bead after the one you just wrapped around.

Add 5 more small beads and then go through the last 3 small beads from the previous step. Go back through the bead you just wrapped around, then through the next 3 small beads.

String 2 more small beads, then go through the 3 small beads on the other side of the final large bead to finish. Go through these steps again so you have 3 beaded flowers.

Take the remaining length of your string and weave it through the original circle of beads a couple times, ending so you can tie it in a knot with the remaining inch or so of the thread left over from the first knot. Put a little glue on the knot.

Then, put some glue on the back of the center bead and place the spacer bead across it. Let this dry long enough to form a strong bond before moving on.

Add 3 jump rings to each end of the spacer bead on each beaded flower. Then, connect the flowers using one of the larger jump rings.

Once you have all three flowers connected, attach the chain to the jump rings on both sides.

To finish the necklace add a jump ring on each remaining end of the chain. Connect the lobster clasp the the jump ring on one of the ends. I added a little green bead to the other end because I happened to have one that matched.

Not Without Heels: DIY Anthro Byzantine Floral Choker

All done!

 

Why DIY?

I am starting this blog as a complement to The Brio (thebrio.wordpress.com) as my DIY posts were beginning to overwhelm all other posts. I guess I have a thing for DIY. While I have created this blog for DIY projects, I have not actually done all of these projects myself; sometimes I just want to share the ideas. I hope that you enjoy the projects that I have posted and feel free to comment as much as you’d like!

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