DIY Clay Fruit Slice Necklace

DIY Fruit Slice Necklace | Revamperate DIY Fruit Slice Necklace | RevamperateHappy Friday! Let’s jump right in to a new DIY, if you don’t mind. This clay fruit slice necklace is a surprisingly quick project, and I thought it would be fun that we’re inching into spring. The most difficult part is painting, but luckily, it’s really just as easy as painting triangles. Customize with your favorite colors for different types of fruit. I went with orange because it’s just want I had that I thought what look best. You can also mix and match with your preferred chain colors. 

DIY Fruit Slice Necklace | Revamperate DIY Fruit Slice Necklace | RevamperateTime: 25 minutes

Supplies:

  • White clay
  • Thin necklace chain
  • 4 matching jump rings
  • 1 matching clasp
  • Round nose pliers 
  • White paint
  • Orange paint (or other color)
  • Small paint brush
  • Craft knife

First, preheat your oven according to clay instructions. 

On an even surface, roll out the clay until it is about 1/4 inch thick. With the craft knife, cut a half circle about 2 inches wide (use a stencil if you need to). With the end of a very small paint brush, poke clear holes into the top corners of the half circle. These will be for the jump rings later. 

Bake the clay according to the package instructions. Remove and let cool.

With a pencil, lightly outline the fruit design onto one side of the clay (I chose the smoothest side). Use small paint brushes to fill in the outlines with orange and white paint and let dry. Paint a second coat and let dry completely. 

DIY Fruit Slice Necklace | RevamperateMeasure the necklace chain around your neck to your desired length and cut. Then cut in half. Use the round nose pliers to attach jump rings to all four ends of the pieces of chain. Attach two sides to the holes in the clay fruit slice. Then attach the clasp to one opposite end (usually you’d want this on your right when putting it on). Now your necklace is fully assembled! Happy crafting!

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DIY Leather Fringe Necklace

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | Revamperate DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | RevamperateHappy Friday! Anyone doing anything fun this weekend? I think I’ll be playing catch-up after spending last weekend in San Diego. 

Today, I’m really excited to share another jewelry tutorial for this really fun (and easy) necklace to make. I mean, who doesn’t love playing with leather? I had to buy a pretty large piece and only needed a tiny portion for this project, so I’ll be dreaming up some other leather ideas in the coming weeks. 

As you can see from the photos, I used a different color pin than the chain and jump rings, and that was on purpose because I thought it would blend in better with the leather. Looking back at it now, I would have used all the same color metal though. Also consider how the colors of the leather and chain will coordinate together when choosing your supplies. 

This is an easy tutorial to follow with some basic supplies, and even thought I specify a sewing machine, you could absolutely hand sew it if you want. In fact, hand sewing it might even ensure that you have a straighter line. 

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | RevamperateDIY Leather Fringe Necklace | RevamperateTime: 10 minutes

Supplies:

  • Leather scraps
  • Necklace chain
  • 2 jump rings
  • 1 pin
  • Scissors 
  • Sewing machine + thread
  • Round nose pliers

First measure your necklace chain. I set this DIY up so that there would not be a necklace clasp because of the length of the necklace. If you choose to make a shorter necklace, you will want to adjust these instructions and add a clasp. To measure your necklace chain, place it around your neck with one end of the chain in each hand, and decide how long you want it to be – it should be long enough to fit over your head without a clasp. Cut the chain to your desired length (about 2 1/2 feet for me).

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | Revamperate DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | RevamperateUsing the round nose pliers, make a loop at the end of the pin. Then attach the jump rings to the ends of the chain and to the ends of the pin. 

Cut a piece of leather about 3 x 1.5 inches. When folded over the pin, it should fit perfectly between each end ring. Fold in half along the shorter side and cut the corners into a triangle shape (like the above photo). Fold the leather over the pin and adjust it so that both sides line up. 

With your sewing machine, carefully sew a straight line across the leather as close to the pin as possible. No need to backstitch. Trim the excess thread. 

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | Revamperate DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | RevamperateThen use your scissors to cut fringe up the leather, about 2-3 centimeters apart. Once you’re satisfied with the fringe the necklace is complete!

Happy crafting!

DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace

DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | Revamperate DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | RevamperateContinuing on with my copper obsession, I’ve been updating some of the items in our newly redesigned (!!!) office space with some copper spray paint. I can’t wait to share the final redesign in about a month! 

I spent some time going through our office closet to purge some supplies or find ways to use items I hadn’t touched in a while. That included my supply of copper refrigerator pipe. Thinking of ways to use it, I decided it would be perfect for making a necklace with different layers of pipe. 

It turned out to be a very quick project, and I was really happy with the outcome! Honestly, the hardest part of this DIY is just waiting for the glue to dry. To make it as easy as possible, I recommend using a pipe cutter like this one to cut the refrigerator pipe. It makes it SO much easier and it keeps the ends clean. 

DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | Revamperate DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | Revamperate DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | RevamperateTime: 10 minutes 

Supplies:

Cut the refrigerator pipe into five 1 1/2-inch pieces. To keep each pipe the same size, I recommend marking each 1 1/2 inch with a dot of ink before cutting. If the ends are jagged, sand them down until smooth, but they should be smooth if you use a pipe cutter.

Cut the string string to about 3 1/2 feet. It’s better to overestimate the length. 

Thread the first piece of pipe onto the string so that it’s approximately in the middle. Thread the next piece onto one side, and then thread the other side of the string through the same piece of pipe. Repeat with all pieces of pipe. You should now have five layered pieces of pipe that sit right on top of each other.

Using you round nose pliers, add jump rings to each cord end, and attach the clasp to one jump ring. 

Trim the string again to your desired necklace length and glue the ends of the string to the cord ends. Because the string will probably be thinner than the cord ends, you may need to fold the end of the string to fit more snuggly into the metal piece. Allow to dry completely before wearing. 

It holds up pretty well as long as the glue dried completely, and if the copper dulls, you can shine it up with a good cleanser. If you’re as obsessed with copper pipe as I am, you can also check out my copper pipe bracelet and copper pipe magazine rack.

DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | Revamperate DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | RevamperateHappy crafting!