DIY Anthro Inspired Seafoam Necklace - VINTAGE ROMANCE STYLE

DIY Anthro Inspired Seafoam Necklace

 
Let me just say that I LOVE this necklace. I made 5 of these bad boys for a bridal party and super sad that I didn't make one for myself! How cute are the bridesmaids going to look in these seafoamy minty goodness?!....
 
I must admit though, it was a challenge to find the EXACT seafoam color bead that the bride was looking for with only days to spare before the wedding? No time for ordering!
 
So how did I do it?
 
I racked my brain for a while to find the perfect way to change the color of GLASS BEADS.
 
Here is what you need:
12 chunky glass beads of your choice. I loved the shape of these. They were like big chunky gemstones.
Perfect shape but wrong color!
atleast 12 inches of chain of your choice
lobster clasp
eye pins for jewelry
jump rings in a few different sizes
jewelry making tools. These are all my fave.
and the secret to this project.... Martha Stewarts GESSO PRIMER and MULTI SURFACE ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (satin) in "Beach Glass".
Don't forget a small paint brush and some wax paper!
(I used my coupon at Michaels for the primer so it was only a few dollars)
 
Step 1.Clean beads with alcohol. Lay all of your beads out on wax paper and paint the top half with Martha Stewarts Gesso Primer. Let completely dry.
 
Step 2. Flip the beads over and prime the other side. .(Make sure the sides of beads are primed also. Let comepletely dry
 
Step 3. Once all the beads are primed and dry now it's time to start painting with color!
Start with the top side of the bead and paint a thin layer of the seafoam. Let dry completely, then flip over and repeat.
 
You are going to do a few coats to get a true seafoam color and cover the glass. I think I might have done 4-5 coats on each side. IMPORTANT. Let dry COMPLETELY with each coat on each side or it will get messed up and you won't be happy! You want a super smooth bead with no smudges.
 
Here is what your beads will look like after they are painted and dry.
The Martha Stewart Muti Surface craft paint bottle says that the paint will cure on glass after 21 days.
 
 
Step 4. Now take your eye pins and put them through your beads.
Snip off excess and make another eyelet on the otherside with your tools.
This is what your 12 beads will look like once your have eyelets on both sides.
 
 
Step 5. Connect beads 1-5  together by opening one side of the eyelet and then closing it when the other bead is attached.
 
Step 6. Now look at the chart and connect the sets of numbers together with jump rings.
 
Step 7. Now put small jump rings on the tops of 1 & 5 and connect about 6-7 inches of chain on each side.
 
Step 8. Add small jump rings to the ends of the chain and on 1 side add your lobster clasp and you are done!!
 
 
 I love this chunky seafoam gemstone looking necklace!
 
 
 
 

17 comments

Ashley Allan said...

This is gorgeous! So crafty! New follower for sure!

aimymichelle said...

What a great tutorial. Im a new follower

Lauren | My Polished Side Blog said...

Awesome tutorial!! I've always wanted one of those! Now on my DIY list. (And I'm your newest follower.)
:)

Lauren
www.mypolishedsideblog.com

Carissa Rasmussen said...

craft paint to the rescue! i love this!

Mercy said...

Wow! Love this! I am in love with these type of necklaces. Thank you for the tutorial.

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

I love your necklace! Especially the color of the stones. Thanks so much for sharing at Transformed Tuesday.

Windy City Mama said...

Very nice. I will have to try this one!

Christine Williams said...

This is brilliant! The color looks fantastic and the finish product looks amazing! I want one now :)

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Super pretty! I love making jewelry. Now following!

SassyKay said...

Very nice! A great way to build your necklace stash and have just the "right" colors.

Brandyn said...

Awesome ~ THANKS!

Mandy Ford said...

This is beautiful...great tutorial!

Geli Bee said...

This is so beautiful! I cant wait to try this :)

Tiff Ima said...

This is so cute!

Tiff Ima
Style Honestly

Christine said...

Absolutely wonderful!! You did such a great job!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow!

Sunflower said...

Love the tutorial! May I ask where you got those beads? I live outside the US and it's been difficult for me to find beads in unusual shapes and sizes. Thanks!

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