You all know I love a little (and easy) DIY project to add a unique element to my wardrobe. I recently discovered a great new jewelry artist who sells not only her finished pieces but also supplies. I purchased a handful of pieces that I knew would make great simple, work-appropriate jewelry with some specific intentions in mind.
As of late, I’ve been loving chevron necklaces and bar necklaces, so I set out on a journey to find some pieces to make the very easy necklaces I desired. I received the pieces from Patina Queen, made both the necklace and earrings I’m wearing in this post, and loved the pieces so much I wanted to share them with you. I reached out to Heather, owner of Patina Queen, and suggested we collaborate and offer readers a giveaway so you could check out and experience her great work.
If you’re not a DIYer, have no hear, Patina Queen includes a plethora of options of great ready-to-wear pieces that will finish an outfit to perfection. If you do love a little DIY project, the bars and the chain from the necklace as well as the art deco diamond bar charms of the earrings all came from Patina Queen. While I love all the pieces, I really hate heavy earrings. So the really light weight yet sturdy quality of the earrings made my day!
So don’t hesitate to check out Patina Queen to see if she’s got anything that sparks your fancy. And then come back to enter the giveaway for a $20 gift certificate to her online store. What better way to share a great accessory supplier with you all then to give it to you for free!
Scroll down for a very brief tutorial about how I made the necklace.
The earrings don’t even require a tutorial. I simply opened the bottom circle of the fishhook earring piece (the part that goes through my ear), threaded it through the top circle of the Diamond Art Deco Bar charm (the long piece with the diamonds engraved on it), and re-closed the bottom of the earring piece. It’s one step and sounds so much harder than it really was. This really could be a craft project at a seven-year-old birthday party.
Cardigan – Banana Republic; Blouse – Tulle (thrifted via Goodwill);
Skirt – LOFT (thrifted via Savers); Necklace – self-made; Shoes – Target;
Earrings – self-made
Above, you can see Heather nicely packaged all the pieces I ordered. She even included a few extra charms (in that little bag with the red hearts). Pretty sweet!
For the necklace, I kept the construction super simple.
- Chain (length as desired) – I wrapped the chain around the back of my neck, determined where I wanted it to fall on my chest, and then cut it using a wire cutter. [I used peanut cable chain from Patina Queen]
- 2 hair pins
- 18 metal bars (or however many you desire) [I used these from Patina Queen]
- 2 jump rings (optional, not pictured above)
Step 1: Thread each of the bars on the hair pins with the flat end of the hair pin on the bottom (so the bars don’t fall off).
Step 2: Twist the ends of the hair pins to create circles that will attach to the necklace chain with the jump rings.
Step 3: Cut your necklace chain to desired length. To determine length, wrap the chain around the back of your neck and meet ends of the chain at the location you’d like for the pendant to sit.
Step 4: Open the jump ring, thread the chain through the two rings created with the hairpins, and re-close the jump rings. (If you didn’t have jump rings, you could always thread the necklace chain directly through the open circles of the hairpins before closing those circles up.)
You’re done! Because I wanted a longer necklace, I didn’t even mess with a clasp. The necklace fits right over my head so I wouldn’t need to open and close it to get the necklace on anyway.
Now, be sure to enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter for your chance to win a gift certificate to Patina Queen for either jewelry making supplies or one of her great finished pieces!