120 Days to Go: Jewelry Craft Party!

For today's post, I had a little craft day with my gal Sonya Nimri at her awesome home studio.  More of those pics will come later.  We wanted to make some jewelry, so we started off with metal piping we picked up at the hardware store, cut/sanded into lengths we liked, and went crazy with the neon yellow and pink paint! Our makeshift beads turned out looking like this...

 New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress -  Finished Painted Beads - 120

With our beads all dry, we started thinking about the pattern we wanted to make for our pieces.  We liked the idea of a ladder necklace, so we took about five beads each, an equal amount of headpins, and chain long enough to fit over our heads so we wouldn't need clasps.

We took our bead, put the headpin inside, crimped the pin end into the chain, and then looped the other end through the chain and back through the bead.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress -  First Attached Bead- 120

We continued this process until we had all five beads attached to our chain.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress -  Connecting Beads - 120

When we were finished, our necklaces looked a bit like this...

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Ladder Beads - 120

What an easy and chic way to incorporate neon colors into your wardrobe without going crazy!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress -  Dress Form Necklace - 120

I had on my favorite H&M leopard print jersey dress and added my new necklace for a bit of flair!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress -  After Necklace - 120

It came out looking amazing - a little handmade/trendy piece to add into the wardrobe.  For just a couple of bucks and some elbow grease (sanding the edges of the beads) I have a new necklace that rivals anything currently in stores.

It's always the best having crafty dates with friends - I have a few more projects we finished that will appear soon!!  Stay tuned and happy Friday!!