Do. It. Yourself. Duh!!!
A few weeks back I was trolling through one of my most favorite women's collections. This particular line has clothing, accessories and home designs. The first spot I normally go is jewelry... not because I'm a huge jewelry fan but because this store employs the most amazing jewelry designers... quite pricey but amazing.
This one caught my eye....
It is called the Acrobatics Necklace... Ok.
It is $168.00 american dollars.... Not Ok!
As I looked closely I could tell this would be an easy make. The description even clearly states "ordinary is transformed into the extraordinary on this eye-wowing piece, where paperclips are cloaked in brightly hued sheaths as they perform dazzling feats beneath your neckline." Paperclips!!! Eeeeeee.Zzzzzzz.
I started out taking step by step pictures and then realized video would be easier. So, here we go....
You will need: a box of large paper clips, colored duck tape, scissors, an exact-o blade, cloth measuring tape, "spring ring & eyelet" jewelry hooks and a picture of the necklace.
I'm not sure what type of "brightly hued sheaths" (hee hee) they used but lucky for us Duck Tape started making lots of fun colors... not just grey anymore! They even come in prints. I'm a solids girl so these are the few I chose.
Duck Tape is one of two very important purchases at the craft store. The other was the jewelry hooks. They sell several different kinds. I like these best.
The concept is easy. You literally connect the paperclips a few at a time as they are on the picture of the necklace. You choose your color and wrap the tape around the paperclip. You can see how I would lay several out a time then connect and wrap.
That part is easy.... but, the tape is too wide for the paperclip.
So, you have to cut each strip.
Not a huge deal but there are specific measurements and a method to cutting the tape. The measurements are
1 1/4 inches across the tape roll x 1 1/2 inches down the tape roll.
I used my cloth tape measure to measure each strip and the exact-o knife to cut it. You want to cut the strips when you are ready to wrap around the paperclip. Don't try to do it ahead of time. Picture to follow but you will also see me do it in the video.
It is tedious to fit the tape through the triangle shapes and wrap around but not hard.
I hope this video helps.
Here is my finished product.
I wore it out the next weekend and had about 10 girls ask me where I got it. Two different girls followed me outside to ask if they could look at it. Yay!!! for Do It Yourself and colored Duck Tape.
My total cost was $24.88.
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