i dream of making pretty things. i usually fail.
Since I was headed to Michaels, I picked up the supplies and got to work.
All you need is some wooden beads, I used the 1 inch ones that were recommended in the original post, and some paints. The original blogger used a silver chain for her necklace but since I wasn’t sure if I was going to be happy with the project nor was I ready to deal with the DIY chains at Michaels, I just used some string I had around the house (a skein of it cost about $4) to save on cost. If I decide this is a necklace I love, I’ll change to a chain in the future.
The wood beads probably cost me $5 for a pack of 18 and the paints were on sale, 2 for $1. The paints can be picked up at your local dollar store for about the same price.
All you do is paint the beads, hopefully making a straight line around the bead. If you’re feeling ambitious, maybe pencil in the line you want to paint to before you start your painting. I did not and I kinda got wonky lines.
I used a second coat of paint on the lighter colours, and this could be done pretty soon after you do the first as they dry fast. I let the beads dry completely overnight and then strung them together.
As you can see, the lines are slightly crazy but I do enjoy this necklace. You’ll also see on the second of the blue painted beads there’s a bit of pink on the side. Since I’m not the most patient person or the cleanest, this was a messy endeavor and I didn’t devise a system to get them painted clearly beforehand. I winged it a bit too much.
But they turned out much better than these three…
Overall I’m pretty happy with how this project worked out, despite it’s little imperfections. I also painted the remaining beads in the neon colours I used for the neon necklace post. I’m excited to create something out of those, I’m really digging the neon colours out this year. Perhaps it’s because I miss myself in the 80′s?