Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Neon Necklace From Repurposed Dollar Store Jewelry

Neon Necklace Banner Square WM

Okay, so this isn’t your circa 1980s neon, but it’s definitely not a pastel necklace!  For a fair-skinned gal like me, it’s just bright enough to make a statement.

I have been on the hunt for an inexpensive way to make my own version of these two filigree jewelry pieces that I found on Pinterest and The Crafted Sparrow (please click each image to be taken to their tutorial or to pin these projects).

Busily Spinning Momma Painted Filigree NecklaceThe Crafted Sparrow Patinaed Filigree Earrings

While I was in the Dollar Store, I quickly checked the jewelry and found just what I needed! For fellow Canadians, I am a frequent Dollarama customer, but this great find came from the Everything For A Dollar Store chain.

Neon Earrings Collage With Text

Once I had paraded the earrings around my backyard (thank you, Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow for inspiring me to hang them on a branch of my Weigela), I was ready to repurpose.

I gathered my supplies . . .

Neon Jewelry Supplies

(Pay no attention to the pink earring that was being uncooperative!)

Then, I removed the earring hook, keeping the existing jump ring and attached the three medallions together. In the end, I only needed one extra jump ring.

I tried to attach the three medallions together in an arrangement that would make them fall more in a U shape than a straight line.

3 Medallions Zoom WM

Finally, I attached the medallions to my chain, cutting off the unnecessary length from the middle so that it could be reused.

The chain was originally for an 18 inch necklace and I wanted it to sit on my collarbone so I shortened it to about 16 inches. You can view a handy reference for necklace lengths here.

That’s it!

My biggest challenge was the dark, dreary day and having to take indoor photos.


Neon Necklace After 1 WM

 After the sun came out, I returned to my garden and took this fun shot! 


Neon Necklace Hosta WM

I was wearing my newest necklace all weekend and love the pop of colour that it adds to my wardrobe. It will make a great summer necklace!

Neon Necklace Collage

On the same trip, I found another fun pair of earrings (that I would never, ever wear as earrings). I’m still trying to figure out how to repurpose them . . .

Dollar Store Jewelry Honeycomb Preview

Any suggestions?

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P.S. If you’re not lucky enough to find jewelry in a colour that is wearable, here is a quick way to fix that! (I bet nail polish would be fun, too!)

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  1. Amazing! love the colors & cuteness.. awesome my dear Claire..

  2. Love your necklace Claire - you are so talented! Maybe you could take apart the last set of earrings and make some wine charms from them....just need to buy earring hoop wires, some jump rings to put the disks onto and put on a few beads! And maybe repaint them with the nailpolish idea??? Hope you are having a great week :) Heather

  3. Oooo, I love that blue and yellow one!


  4. Love your new necklace! You can repurpose anything and make it look good! You need a picture of you wearing it though.. so we can see your lovely face :)

  5. Cute project! Thanks for featuring my earrings! I wish my dollar store had that kind of jewelry!

  6. What a fun necklace. My Granddaughter has a jewelery business and I got her started(her link [just pictures of her work] is on my Blog) so I have lots of supplies. Dollarama is a great source although they arn't carrying the findings anymore. Looking forward to see what you do with the other earrings.

  7. Look at you go! Is there anything you can't make prettier?? The outdoor photos are beautiful. My favourite one is the shot on the hosta leaf. The colour really pops on the green foliage.

  8. Love it! The colors are fabulous!

  9. WOW!!! Love the neon look!!! What a great idea!!!

    Now, I hope you are planning on sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! Please!!

  10. So cute! I would love if you would share these on my weekly linky Party Blog Stalking Thursday.

  11. Claire, love it!!!! You are an upcycling queen, I have not thought of the dollar store for jewelry findings.

    Hugs, Tanya :)

  12. Oh, wow, I am definitely going to have to check out our Dollar Store and see if we have earrings =) Thanks for sharing

    Visiting from House of Heps

  13. Great Project! I'd love for you to link up this and any others to my first ever linky party, Ta-Da Tuesday :) check it out HERE ! <3 from your newest follower, I'd be delighted if you'd follow back!
    413 Sparrow Lane

  14. What a really great idea! The dollar store is one of my favorite places, I could spend hours in I hope you will link up with me here:

  15. I love the necklace! New follower too :)

  16. Super cute!! I love this idea. I'm definitely hitting up the jewelry section next time I'm at my local dollar store :)

    I've pinned this!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. This turned out great! I was just there...wish I would have read your post sooner! XO, Aimee

  18. Very good looking and so beautiful colors of this necklace, i like it. thanks for sharing this post.
    Jewelry Stores in Minnesota


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