Saturday, February 23, 2013

DIY Collar Necklace

I have to confess.  I love watching reality tv shows.  Not all of them, but quite a few. Something about seeing the personal side of people's lives and how they interact is quite entertaining to me.  I love looking at their homes, how they look and what they're wearing.  I know that's silly and I could be reading a book but it's a relaxing outlet for me.  My girlfriend told me she enjoys the Shahs of Sunset.  I hadn't seen the show, and by the time I got around to looking at it, the "reunion" segment was on.  I was intrigued by what "MJ" was wearing around her neck. It was a fancy collar necklace that might have included diamonds.  I only know that it was very trendy and fashionable.  Collar necklaces are "IN!"  You see them in all the fashion magazines and on the runways.  These collars compliment almost any look, wear it with a dress in the evening or a crew-neck sweater for an easy daytime look.

"MJ" - Shahs of Sunset

The crafty side of me thought this collar necklace would be an awesome piece to re-create. 

It would be rather easy to do.  I knew I had a stash of assorted beads, felt, ribbon or chain, and mod podge.  I needed a pattern with a pointed collar, and that was almost too hard to find. The peter pan look is more common.  I did find a pattern here but I made it may way using a bowl instead of a head band.  I first tried to draw what was in my mind and I came up with a pattern that ended up looking smaller than the actual one pictured.  In the end, I made two.  One, somewhat on the order of MJ's and the second one, what I had envisioned first - a smaller version which I will show you later in this post.

First, I cut out my pattern and taped it on a blend of wool felt which is much thicker and sturdier than the usual craft felt.

 After cutting the felt pattern, I punched holes into the ends where I would place ribbons for tying, or to add a chain.

Next, I mixed mod podge and assorted beads together and spread them on the felt. In hindsight, I should have painted mod podge on the felt first and then added the bead mixture for better adhesion. I was too excited and wanted to "hurry up" making this.

For an added sparkle. I sprinkled white iridescent glitter over the mixture while it was still wet.

 It's really hard to see the effects of the glitter in these pics.

After drying, I coated the bead mix with clear nail polish to prevent the glitter from shedding. I let that dry and then threaded ribbon through the holes.

                                  And, VOILA!  A beautiful statement collar necklace!

Of course, this is 
not as pretty . . .

But, I'm really liking it!

My next collar is something that I envisioned in my head.  My son says it looks like a bow tie .  .  . but that's not what I was aiming for.

After drawing out the pattern and cutting it on felt .  .  .

I painted mod podge on first, this time  .   .   .

And then sprinkled glitter all over .  .  .

And added the mixture of beads and mod podge .  .  .

After drying, and sealing the glitter and beads, I punched holes in the top and added jump rings and chains.

The chains should have been a bit longer because I wanted it to look more like a little collar hanging down instead of being that close to my neck.  

                  Anyway, I have fallen in love with collar necklaces.

Since the Oscars are on this weekend, I might dress-up, put my collar necklace on, fix some hors d'oeuvres, pop some champagne and see what the "beautiful people" are up to.  

But then again  .  .  . that's just not me. I need to get back to crafting!

Take a little time to enjoy!



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  1. Just beautiful!! Great job! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  2. Oh my gosh Gail! You totally nailed it!! Both of those necklaces are beautiful! I know I'll be seeing this usual! You are awesome girl!

  3. Hello. Those are great!
    I found you through the blog hop, and I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog! Have a great weekend!
    Tammy @

  4. How cute!! I think it looks pretty darn good!
    Debbie :)

  5. Yay! You are really creative, girl!! So glad you came to my party!! Great job! Linda

  6. Your collar necklaces are really nice - perfect way to make an outfit immediately fancy.

  7. Wow you are a crafty lady! I like both of the collars you created! I think the 2nd one is my favorite!

  8. I like the black bow tie one also. Both are very pretty and you are so clever and creative to come up with a way to decorate them. Who knew Mod Podge and glitter and beads could hold their own against gemstones!

  9. Love the results.I always work with Mod Podge,beads,ribbon and glitter so this would be perfect for Me.I'm glad you dropped by My blog.Yes,wouldn't it be a perfect cruise.Hope someday they have one.The only one I could find was a quilting cruise and I don't quilt.

  10. Love it! I really need to make myself one of these. I host a DIY link party every Monday and would love for you to join!

  11. Gail this collar is so creative... and VERY pretty! You are a clever girl! Thanks for stopping by and joining TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS and sharing your BLING!

  12. These are cute! I love the collar look. Thanks for sharing at Crafty Thursday Obsessions. Hope we see you again this week.

  13. Wow, great job on recreating these and adding your own touch to it! very cute.
    I also tried to make my own collars, please have a look why:
    :) x


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