Friday, August 10, 2012

Before Blogging: Faux Coral Necklace

It’s Friday, so technically I should be sharing Five Things on Friday but it feels like it has been such a long time since I’ve shared a DIY project that is not cottage-related on here!

I must be on a faux kick since I shared a faux zinc tray yesterday at Setting For Four!

Faux Coral Banner WM

This necklace is several years old . . . in fact, I can remember wearing it when I taught my first Kindergarten class, so it’s at least six years old.

I thought it was innovative back then, and I still feel that way now!

I teased you with a photo of this necklace WAY back in April when I shared my iPiccy watermarking tutorial.


iPiccy Screenshot 2

 My jewelry making techniques have definitely evolved since I made this necklace.

I used the clear beads to make the necklace the proper length to rest on my collarbone. I did this because if I had used two more stones it would have been too long.


Coiled Coral Necklace WM


Faux Coral Anthony Effect WM


Necklace and Stones WM

Did you spy the photobombing ant? I guess it comes with the territory when you take your photos outside!


Necklace and Stones 2 Anthony WM

 So, you’ve seen the finished necklace and the faux coral stones, but what are they?

 Stones Zoom WM



Plastic stones from Dollarama!

I’m sure they were supposed to be a vase filler, but when I spotted them on the shelf (many moons ago) coral jewelry was just gaining in popularity and I thought it had a striking resemblance to coral. Even back then I was a Dollar Store upcycler!

Once I had my necklace plan devised, my Dad helped me to drill holes through the center of each stone so that I could string them on a cord. I can remember they got very hot!

After I had cleaned up the holes’ edges, I strung the stones onto clear fishing line, adding a Mother-of-Pearl pendant on a jump ring to the center. For simplicity, I used a toggle clasp which makes it very easy to put on and take off.

That’s it!

6 years later, it’s still my go-to necklace when I want to make a statement with my jewelry. It looks great with a simple tank top or my favourite summer dress.

Faux Coral Square 1 WM

Have you done any upcycling lately? Perhaps you will this weekend! No matter what, I hope it’s a great one!

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P.S. Check out another repurposed Dollar Store jewelry project here! I still have lots more of these up my sleeve!

P.P.S. My photos that have a retro look to them were created using the Anthony effect in iPiccy!

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  1. Your necklace is beautiful. It must make any simple outfits look great!

  2. You know I love me some Dollorama! Was just there today, hehehe. Great dolla-DIY Claire! Love it :)

  3. Great red stones, Claire. It must have been a real challenge to drill holes in them. Your dad must have very steady hands!! I love seeing your home-crafted jewellery. Any more coming up??

  4. Oh my, you're a genius =) I have lots of stones from the dollar store but I think all mine are glass =/ But I'm due for a dollar store trip so I'll be on the lookout!


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