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I made two at the same time to show you different options for the same necklace.Aren’t they PURTY!!! And oh-sew-easy to make! 😉 (I know…that was cheesy.)
Well I hope you had fun making my last two spring projects and that you’re now in the mood to dress yourself in the latest spring accessories and colors! Bib necklaces are insanely popular right now which is fabulous for us DIY’ers since they’re so easy to make with so many different ways to make them. My favorite part about this trend is that the “handmade looking” bib necklace is what is most desired right now and that the more custom and handmade yours look, the more chic and fabulous they are! You can make yourself a bib necklace with just about any craft items you have around the house; scrap fabric, old t-shirts, lace, buttons, old jewelry, felt, leather, ribbon, etc…just about ANYTHING can be fashioned into a statement bib necklace. For this tutorial I really wanted to create something fun and bright and elegant to bring some sunshine and flowers into my wardrobe. I made two necklaces at the same time using basically the same technique for each with just a few differences to show you some variations of the same necklace. FYI: A lot of these tutorials document my FIRST ATTEMPT on the projects I want to do so they are very much open to your own inspiration and tweaking. I have an entire photo file on my computer that I add pics to that I like and think that I could make or create a similar version/idea of. So I’m learning as I go, just like you! 🙂 Ok then, are you ready!?
Cost: $0-$5 (Like I said, this project can be done with just about anything that you have around the house already which makes it a great recycling/upcycling DIY project for old clothing, jewelry, or craft items).
- Ribbon. You’ll use about 2 feet or so per necklace depending on how long you’d like yours to hang. I used green grosgrain ribbon I had on hand.
- Cotton (frayable…I just made that word up) Fabric. I used a couple shades of pink and green linen that I picked up a long time ago at a thrift store. Yes, thrift stores often sell fabric remnants for SUPER cheap! They’re a great place to look, especially if you’re looking for vintage/retro fabrics and prints.
- Beads. I had an old bracelet with small green glass beads (I’m pretty sure I bought it from the $Dollar Store a while back) that I just took apart and used the beads from. Any beads, jewels, or buttons, would work for the center of your flowers.
- Needle and thread in coordinating/matching colors as your fabric.
- Sharp scizzors.
Thats all you need to make these lovely little bib necklaces! This takes minimal sewing skills (I didn’t use a machine at all) and about 1 hour or so to make two. Lets get started!
- Get your supplies ready to go. Cut your ribbon pieces (2 per necklace) to the length that you’d like (I think it looks great to have the bib part of the necklace sitting along or just below your collar bone). Pick out your beads (I did 3 beads per flower). And cut out your flower fabric(s) into a long strip about 6 inches or so wide.
- Take the “backing” fabric (in this case I used the green linen as my backing/leaf fabric), fold it in half. Cut a moon (or smile) shape out of that fabric to use as your bib backing.If you are making 2 necklaces at a time, cut 2. Below is about what yours should look like. You can adjust the size,length, and width of the bib backing to your liking depending on how big you’d like your flowers to be.
- Set that piece aside and grab your strip of flower fabric(s). Fold that strip in half or thirds (depending on how much fabric you have and how many layers you want in your flowers). Begin cutting that strip into rectangular strips getting smaller as you get to the end of the fabric. This is hard to explain but basically you’re cutting out stacked pieces of fabric from biggest to smallest to cut your various sized circles from that will be making up the layers to each of your flowers. Does that make sense? Heres an example.
- Once you have your fabric stacks ready to go, cut circles out of each stack, big, less big, medium, and small or however you see fit. You can make as many circles in as many different sizes as you’d like. The idea is just that you want to get a pretty full flower once you stack the different sized circles on top of each other from biggest to smallest.
- And thats exactly what we’re going to do now. Stack your circles on top of each other from biggest to smallest. I cut both my flower fabrics together so I separated them by color and make 3 flowers out of each fabric for my two necklaces. I also made stacked leaves to use (I only ended up using them on one of the necklaces) and I layed out my necklaces to see what I liked best before I started stitching everything together.
- Once you get a plan in place you can begin stitching your stacks together to form your flowers. This is where my light pink bib necklace and my dark pink bib necklace differ somewhat. For my light pink flowers I simply stitched the circles together directly through the center of each stack and to the backing fabric to give my bib a flatter flower look. For the dark pink flowers I “gathered” the circles together by stitching a lose circle (wide stitch) through all the layers at once and then pulling the thread tight to make them gather and ruffle a bit. Then I stitched them to the backing fabric. I love them both but I have to say I like the texture to the ruffled looking bib. Above is a look at the light pink version. Below is a look at the dark pink version.Above is a look at how I did the loose gather stitch to my dark pink version. And below you can see what it looks like once I pulled the thread tight and knotted it off.
- Either way you choose to go, sew your flowers to the bib backing fabric you had set aside.
- Now, sew your beads into the centers. You will be sewing through all your layers now including the backing layer.
- If you’d like (as I show here above) you can pull at the edges of your fabric flowers to make them fray a bit. I did this heavily on the light pink necklace but I left the dark pink necklace alone for it to fray as it will on its own.
- Now, sew your ribbon pieces to the ends of the bib backing.
- If you’d like, you can sew a loose gather stitch along the top of the bib backing and pull slightly to get the bib to curve and ruffle a bit more. I did this only on my dark pink bib.
- Make any adjustments as needed. You can tack the edges of your flowers together or down to the bib backing if you are using floppier fabric, or you can lengthen/shorten the ribbon.
Thats it! Doesn’t it just make you feel like going on a pick-nick! Heres a few tips of other things you can do with this DIY design:
- Lengthen the ribbon and straighten the backing piece to make a cute springtime sash belt.
- Tie it up around your neck like a chocker. (I love this if you’re wearing your hair up).
- Make your flowers smaller and create a springtime fabric wrist corsage.
- Leave the ribbon out completely and attach a pin to the back for a sweet bouquet brooch.
- Straighten the backing piece, and make a sweet ribbon hair band for your little girl or you.
So many things you can do with this tutorial!! I’m excited to see your ideas! Stay tuned for my next tutorial, “How to Make a Vintage Inspired Birdcage Veil”! Happy crafting! 🙂
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I know I said I’d show you guys how to do this so I finally am! Sorry about the wait, but I think you’ll find it was worth it! This is a BEAUTIFUL and easy DIY accessorie project that will “wow” everyone who sees you wear it. This necklace is especially befitting for the spring (I LOVE SPRING!!) and I figured since it is Easter this weekend it will be the perfect compliment to your Easter ensemble. The thing I like most about this project is that it is cheap (of course) and unique in that each rose turns out a bit different and you can customize the colors to any you’d like. So lets just jump into it then shall we!
Cost: $0 for me (since I had everything on hand) but about $8-$15 depending on what you already have
- A set of jewelry making tools (round nose pliers, wire cutters, flat nosed pliers). I got mine at Walmart in a set of 3 for about $7.
- Sculpey Clay. Or other polymer clay of your choice. They have a huge variety of colors for about $2 per block. I usually stock up when they go on sale for half off. I typically get the primary colors plus black, white, and brown and then mix them myself to whatever I need.
- Acrylic craft paint. I like to use brown, and sometimes metallic gold and silver to get the vintage/antique look to my roses.
- A craft knife or utility knife.
- A bead reamer or a skewer.
- A medium paint brush.
- Paper towels.
- A water dish.
- A palette. I use a plate covered in tin foil.
- A glass baking pan.
- An oven.
- 5-9 medium to large size beads in a coordinating color to your rose color pick.
- Jewelry chain, jump rings, clasps, and eye pins.
If you’re serious about making jewelry its worth it to get familiar with the basic techniques to jewelry making. I am honestly not a pro at all but found that a lot can be done with my cheap supplies and tools and some basic techniques. Also, on a side note, I get a lot of my jewelry findings at The Dollar Store, Walmart, and my local craft store when they’re half off so its really not that expensive a hobby to have. And its nice to have some supplies on hand to whip up last minute gifts for friends and family that are classy and handmade and look way more expensive than they actually were to make.
To help you out on this front, heres a link to a great site that will teach you the basics you’ll need to complete this project as well as help you with future jewelry making endeavors. And if you need a little more to get you started, heres a couple more sites I found that I thought were clear and concise: http://www.jewelry-making- instructions.com/beaded-links.html ,http://www.making-jewelry-now.com/jewelry-making-instructions.html . There, seriously easy huh? With just those simple skills and your Walmart tools you can make literally hundreds of amazing pieces of jewelry. Now to the part I’m going to really teach today. How to make the vintage inspired clay rose bead that is going to completely MAKE this necklace. Ready? Here we go.
- Decide what color(s) you’d like to make your rose. When I do this project I usually make a few different color options and do them at the same time just to make it worth the effort and to use as “give-aways” to my friends (cuz you know they’re going to want what you’ve got when they see your awesome necklace).
- If needed, mix your clay to get your desired color. If for some reason you missed kindergarten and first grade and never learned how to “mix” colors, refer to a color chart. I mixed red, blue, and white to get my pastel purple colored clay, green, yellow, blue, and white to get my turquoise colored clay, and white and yellow to get my pastel yellow clay. Or you could just take the easy road and buy the exact color you’d like since they have plenty of color options at the craft stores to suit your needs. Although if you forgo the color mixing, you still might want to work and knead your clay to make it a little softer and more pliable to work with.
- Once you’re clay feels pliable enough and is the desired color, pull off a small section and roll it into a ball (about the size of a pea). Then using your fingers, smoosh that ball of clay flat and smooth (but not too thin since you want your rose petals to be durable after baking) to form a small disk of clay.
- Next, roll one of the edges of that clay disk in towards the other edge to form your rose center. Don’t smoosh it together too much since you want the edges somewhat loose to peel down and turn a bit to make them look a bit more realistic. Heres what you should be aiming for:
- Don’t worry if its not perfect. If you don’t like your rose center, just reform it into a disk and start again. You’ll get the hang of it soon and then you can set your center aside and work on the outer petals by using the same idea; start with a portion of clay (a bit larger than pea sized now), roll it into a ball, and smoosh it into a disk.
- Now we form the rest of the rose by taking these disk-like “petals” and wrapping them around the rose, overlapping the rose center’s seam like so:
- See how it is already starting to look like a rose? To make the petals more “real”, pinch, pull, and bend the edges of the petals up and/or down to get that life-like effect.
- Now continue making your petal disks and wrapping them around the center being sure to somewhat overlap them and being careful to make larger petals as the rose grows outward.Don’t worry about the excess clay that is underneath. I use it to hold on to as I work and then cut it off with a utility knife before I bake it.
- Continue working your clay petals around the rose until it is the desired size and fullness that you like.
- What do you think? Aren’t you amazed at how easy that was! Now take out your utility knife or craft knife and gently carve off the clay “stem” that you’re holding on to. I try to make my roses pretty flat in the back so that they aren’t too bulky on the necklace and have less of a tendency to flip around while wearing it.
- Try not to handle the rose too much on top since you want to maintain the look of your petals and not accidentally squish your pretty flower too much.
- Next, take your bead reamer or your skewer (toothpick or needle works too), and create a hole through the base of your rose from one end to the next to allow it to be strung onto an eye pin later.
- Lay your little rose bud beads out on a glass cooking dish and heat your home oven to 275 degrees (or whatever the clay package suggests).
- Bake your clay roses according to the time suggested on the clay packaging. I use Sculpey clay and usually bake around 6-12 roses at once at 275 degrees for about 12 minutes. The package says 15 minutes for 1/4 inch clay but I like to somewhat “under-cook” my clay roses so that they are a tiny bit rubbery and not too brittle when they’re cool. I just have found that it makes them a little bit more durable and lets face it, you are not going to want your new work of art to fall apart on your neck later!
- Let your clay roses cool completely.You can see I made some smaller roses to use as rings later if I feel like it.
- At this point you can use your rose as a bead and wire it to a necklace, you can coat it with a glossy finishing spray, or you can continue on to find out how to antique it a bit (which is what I prefer. I think it just gives it a little something extra and makes it more unique).
- Prepare your antiquing supplies. Heres how I set mine up:You can see I have my coordinating beads picked out (this helps me decide what colors, and how much, “antiquing” I want to do), my water glass to dilute my paint and rinse my brush in, my painting palette with squirts of my “antiquing” colors on it, another foil wrapped plate to set my wet roses on to dry, and my paper towels to wipe off the excess paint.
- For these three colors of roses I chose to use a goldy-brown metallic craft paint and a darker brown flat craft paint to give my roses the vintage look I wanted. To do this, wet your brush and generously dilute your metallic color and simply wash it over the entire rose, being sure to get it into every nook and cranny, and then while the paint is still wet, use your paper towel to rub off the excess. This will just ever so slightly tinge the petals a shimmery gold with a heavier application in the crevices.
- Once that first coat of paint has dried somewhat, do the same technique using the darker brown. This will allow the paint to seep into the crevices of the petals and give the flower dimension and depth as well as slightly stain the rose an antique-brown tone. You can do this multiple times if you’d like, applying your diluted brown paint with the paint brush to the entire rose and then wiping off the excess to allow the original color to come through and leaving a brown paint deposit in the crevices. Heres a look at what I did with the brown and the gold paint:After it was covered in the diluted paint I wiped off the excess to get this result:Not a HUGE difference but it actually adds a lot of character to the once flat looking rose.
- Once you get the desired antiqued effect you’re going for you can just let your pretty roses dry while you work on assembling your necklace using the basic techniques you learned from the links at the beginning of this tutorial. Oh and just so you can see the difference, heres a look at what the “antiqued” roses look like compared to the non-painted roses:And heres a look at how I assembled my necklace:
- Basically what you want to do is pick out an odd number of coordinating beads (an odd number so that a middle bead falls in the middle of the necklace instead of a space), and link them together using eye pins and the wire looping technique you now know. This will be the center of your necklace. The rose will be asymmetrical when alls said and done.
- Then, using an eye pin and the same looping technique, slide the eye pin through the roses beading hole you gave it and attach it to one end of your beaded chain. For this necklace I used large brown pearls and antiqued brass eye pins and chain to play off the turquoise antiqued rose.
- Finally, finish off your necklace by measuring out your chain, attaching the clasp to the center to get the thing on and off, and attaching the chain to your beaded chain and rose. TIP: I think this necklace looks the most flattering when the rose sits right along or right under your collar-bone, so adjust the length of your chain accordingly.
There you go folks!! Are you amazed by the beautiful thing you’ve just created?! Believe me, you won’t be the only one! Be sure to make extras since I guarantee there will be some jealous friends wanting a look-a-like asap! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and had fun making this awesome necklace! Play around a bit and create some more wonderful pieces…maybe earrings or a ring to match? And definitely take the time to learn those basics. I use those simple techniques a lot when I make jewelry and they’re sure to show up in later tutorials! Alright then! Have fun crafting and stay tuned for my next special holiday tutorial; “How to Make a “Hopped Up” Easter T-shirt for You or Your Little Ones”!
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