Monday, January 14, 2013

Dipped Wooden Necklace - Something Just for Me!

Over the weekend I had a little time to myself, so I decided to make something just for me. How often do you do that? When I realised I had half an hour or so before we were heading out, and I was looking at my holidays To Do list I thought, why not do something quick and easy, and for me for a change?? SO here it is...

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I've seen these on Pinterest, Etsy, Madeit, on people in the street and at the markets. I had one on my To Do list for last year but it just didn't get done. So I finally went out, found some wooden beads, paint and painters tape, and got cracking. I had some rope and ribbon at home that I knew I could use as the necklace, but you could also use cord or chain, whatever takes your fancy :)

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With the beads taped off I sanded off the shine, and gave them two coats of paint. I painted vertically on the bead but you could choose any direction or design. Keep in mind that the odd direction of one individual bead makes it a more interesting piece, so try to do something where you can incorporate this. And of course choosing a colour that really pops makes it stand out - I went with aqua, but I also considered yellow or red.

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In case you're wondering, yes that is a Big Bird plastic cup. I KNOW I should not be using it to rest drying wooden beads in. BUT in my defense I thought they would just sit nicely on the taped side. That did not happen. So I grabbed the closest thing, Big Bird. Lucky for him (and me) he didn't get paint on him, my childhood self would never have gotten over it.

I picked up the beads for $5 at Spotlight, and I already had the painters tape, paint and ribbon (occupational luck!). So it's a seriously budget friendly piece of jewelery. AND it was for me, and that made me smile today.

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I am REALLY not sure about a giant sized picture of myself here. It is rather confronting, especially when I have no makeup, lack of hair style and a shirt that has just been pulled out of the washing machine and is soaked, because I have nothing else to wear. But there you have it. This year is all about Growth people!!

Made anything just for yourself lately?

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  1. That is a seriously cute necklace and you look lovely :)
    Cas x

  2. that is adorable!!!!!! i love it- what a clever take on the wood bead necklace!

  3. Oh you gorgeous thing!! I love seeing a big photo of you...I feel like I know you after all but would probably walk past you in the street, having only seen one other pic of you;-)
    Love the necklace, it's so summery! I'm glad you did something just for you! X

  4. Beautiful and simple!! I love it , hope to see you at Pretty Things tonight :)

    xoxo, Tanya

  5. Nicely done Catherine, I love handmade jewellery! Pippa :)

  6. Oh so cute! We found you via Sew Many Ways - Sew Darn Crafty linking party. Share the love <3 and check us out too


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