March 15, 2011

::TUTORIAL::Bib Necklace with Vintage Jewelry

I'm going to be absolutely shameless in bragging about this one.
Look at what we made from vintage jewelry:

Want to make one? It's so easy. Here goes.


Supplies:
-vintage jewelry
-jewelry cutter
-felt
-glue gun
-chain


Start by laying out all of your vintage jewelry. I had some yellow and white metal flower pins that I picked up at garage sales but never wore. I wanted to go with a monochrome yellow theme so I did some searching on Etsy for a "lot" of vintage jewelry. I was so psyched to find ClassicStyleSupplies. Love, LOVE, lOvE this shop!! They sell lots of vintage jewelry by color. So perfect for this project!


Hmmm....an off-white OR black background?!
We chose off-white. We felt (excuse the pun!) that it showed off the vibrant yellow color better.


Next, use your jewelry cutter tp cut off any unnecessary backings, pins, etc. from the jewelry. Basically you want to give all of your pieces a flat back that will make gluing onto the felt easier.


Put your pieces on the felt and move things around until you like the placement. (This is where a glass of wine would be nice--you could spend a LOT of TIME playing around with this part.) We played around with the pieces for a bit & settled on an off-center, asymmetrical design.


Here goes 'nothin! Glue your pieces into place (admiring your work as you go and giggling because you can't wait to wear your new baubles).


Doesn't this look sweet?


Hold up your jewelry-glued-on-felt and see where you want it to lay on your chest.
(It was super helpful to have 2 people working on this; one to hold the necklace where she wanted it to lay & then one to measure and cut the chain to the appropriate length.)


Cut around the edge of the necklace...as closely as you can get to the jewelry. A small pair of scissors would be excellent here.
(a word of advice...do this before drinking your wine!)

Now glue the chain to the back of the felt and.....

Voila!



13 comments:

Devon said...

love it! This my be stupid ? but how did you ttch the chain?

cant wait to see it on you!!!

Flannery Buchanan said...

Devon--NOT stupid. What's stupid is me leaving out that detail! Imay need to revise this! We glued the chain to the felt. It's not pretty on the underside but it stays put well.

Allison said...

Ooh la la, you creative lady!!!

Colleen said...

Looks awesome, Flann! Can't wait to see it on you sometime. The part I can't understand is where you find the time to do things like this while getting your house ready to sell, find a place in Chicago, get ready to move and be supermom to 3 girls. THAT is amazing!!

Julie said...

so cute!

Etcetorize said...

Soooo pretty! Love the yellow, perfect for this time of year. Great project~

Mary said...

I love it! I'm going to feature this on "My Top Ten Fav Picks" of Masterpiece Monday on Thursday. Thanks for sharing, Mary :O)

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

This is lovely will give it a go thanks

Lolly Jane said...

what? you made that?? TOO stinkin cute!! love it!!

new followers. (:

kelli & kristi

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

this is so cute! Would look incredible with a simple white T and jeans, my favorite kind of outfit to accessorize :)

Jami said...

OK...don't be afraid...I'm not really a blog stalker...I just love y'all's stuff! Featured you again this week! Love the necklace!
smiles!
JaMI

Elegantpaws said...

love the colours and flowers! Great job. x

Lillian Pearl Designs said...

In love! This is awesome, thanks for sharing!