Friday, January 10, 2014

DIY : Gold Twig Necklace

Gold Twig-gy jewelry has caught my eye lately. It has a certain understated appeal, especially in the cold weather when combined with cozy knits. 

I've been looking everywhere for it, but hey if you can't find it, make it!

Here's what you'll need:
  • A small twig of thin-medium width
  • Superglue
  • Gold metallic spray paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Clear nail polish
  • Gold wire
  • Gold chain
  • Lobster clasp
  • Craft Knife
  • 3-4 gold jump rings 

Here's how to make your own twig necklace with an actual twig :) 

Step 1: Choose a few twigs of thin to medium width, depending upon how you want the end result to look. Cut relevant sections of the twig leaving about 5 mm extra on each side.

Step 2: Sand the twig lightly to enhance texture.

Step 3: Apply a thin layer of superglue all over the twig to reinforce it. Leave to dry.

Step 4: Once the twig is completely dry, spray a coat of Gold metallic spray paint on all sides. Add coats as per your preference. I had to use 2 coats to get the color of my liking.

Step 5: Leave to dry completely. Once dry, cover with a coat of clear nail polish to protect against future color change.

Step 6: Wrap small sections of the twig ends with the jewelry wire as shown

Step 7: Add in chain sections of desired length either directly into the trailing wire loops or through a jump ring on either side.

Step 8: Attach the lobster clasp and a jump ring to the other end of the chain 

Here you have it, your very own twig jewelry! Perfect for winter! :)

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