Thursday, April 28, 2016

Totem Statement Necklace Mystery

Hi, all!  Here's a mystery for you to tackle.  Take a look at this big, bold upcycled necklace:


Do you like it?  Me, I am superduper pleased with how it turned out.  Now for the mystery part.  Who can guess the origin of that crazy, swoopy black focal piece?


Wait!  Don't scroll until you think you've got it.  Take your time...don't be too hasty...

Got your guess?  Okay, scroll away!

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Okie dokie, here's the answer!  It's...it's...



A faux wrought-iron garden fence.  Plastic.  From the dollar store.

I just love the shape of the inner swoops!  They remind me of American Indian tribal motifs from the Pacific Northwest where I grew up.  I isolated one of them, like so:



To turn it into a necklace, first I melted holes in the top with a heated poker.



Using large jump rings as connectors, I added some big coppery chains and findings:




I added a beaded strand to complete the length, and boom, that's the necklace!


The strung strand is made of lava beads - I chose them because they are matte and bumpy in texture, very similar to the fence material.

Hope you enjoyed this one!  Let me know in the comments if you guessed right - or if not, what you thought it could be.

Oh, and I can't sign off without mentioning that other time I made a necklace from a different (but equally cute) plastic dollar store fence:



Here's the link to that tutorial.  A very different look, isn't it?  It's a fun one.

Thanks for coming around, you guys!  See ya!

11 comments:

  1. (Reposted with a few corrections) Ha! I thought it was an applique of some sort, you know, those huge ones that are sold in specialty stores. You definitely surprised me with that one. :-D

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    1. Ah ha, an applique! Now that would make a really cool necklace...I must go shopping at a fabric store soon. Thanks for guessing, susanne!

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  2. I thought that the focal was foam and not plastic, the finish looks very different. Just thinking aloud - how will it look with its edges distressed with gold or copper acrylic paint and sealed? More medieval maybe? PS: I love the name - "Righteous wrought iron necklace" :D

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  3. I guessed as 2 other guessers, an applique of some kind. Sure had us fooled. So clever of you to look at that fence in another way, wish I'da thunk of that, lol. Now there will be a rush on $store plastic fences. Awesome necklace. Happy weekend

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    1. Thanks, srpprcrfter! I live to look at things sideways at the dollar store, hee hee. Or sometimes I just buy something that has potential and look at it sideways, backwards and upside down when I get it home. thanks for the sweet comment!

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  4. I thought it's metal frame! This really looks stunning! You did great job dear. Keep rocking ;)

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    1. Thanks, my friend! I will keep rocking, rolling and cutting and pasting!

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  5. Oh WOW! I didn't even take the time to guess because I was too anxious to get the answer. Oh yes, superduper for sure!

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  6. Fantastic Mich, just love it! Thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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    1. Thank you, my dear Sara! It's crazy but fun, yes?

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  7. You've done it again! I was sure it was a decorative piece of wood. I was wrong. Brilliant. But aren't you always? Featuring tonight when my party opens.

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Why not leave me a little comment? It is great Karma - and every single one is my favorite comment EVER.