Monday, February 21, 2011

diy: Watercolor Petal Necklace (Lanvin Inspired)

This totally reminds me of spring and warm weather and sunshine - all of which I would love right now! It was inspired by this Lanvin Ribbon & Pearl Drop necklace below; it’s also $450.



(Nordstrom.com)

I instantly thought of the fake flowers I used when I made a hair fascinator and birdcage veil for my friend’s wedding last year (click here for pictures here, under “Weddings”!)…I also happen to love watercolors, so I thought this would be the perfect chance to combine craft and art.


Supplies:

- White faux flower*
- Watercolor paints; student grade is fine
- Paintbrush
- Pearls, or whatever beads you would like
- Headpins, if needed
- Jump rings
- Long piece of chain
- Clasp, if needed
- Jewelry pliers & scissors
- Paper towels

*I took this picture after I plucked away at the first few layers of petals. The bottom/bigger petals can be easily made into a second necklace!

1) Take apart the flower, and decide which petals you want to work with. I ended up using 9 of the top/smaller petals.


2) Paint the petals! Don’t be afraid to mix colors. I love the gradients that can be made with watercolors. TIP: Don’t use too much water. Try painting the entire petal with a light wash of color, then gradually work on adding more saturated color. Your hands WILL get paint on them, so keep those paper towels on hand.


I happen to love all shades of blue - especially turquoise - so I went for a similar shade of the original. Deeper blues on top with some green blended in towards the bottom. I wanted something similar, not exact, so the watercolors are perfect to control the colors and shades I used.


3) Let dry, at least for an hour or two.

4) Carefully pierce holes on top of the petals. I used the blunt end of a sewing needle. Attach the jump rings, then attach to the chain. Add a clasp if needed; I made this one long enough so that it doesn't need a clasp.


5) Instead of pearls, I used connector gems. But it’s totally up to you as to what beads you use.

Just like the last DIY, I spent $0 since I already had all the supplies, but a faux flower will probably cost you about $2-3 at your local craft store!

Xo, Kirsten

  

44 comments:

  1. Cute! I love it and will be adding it to my list of S and P projects to make :)

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  2. I LOVEEE this! I may have to try this out!

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  3. GORGEOUS! So flirty for springtime :)
    xxooxoxo
    Lia

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  4. omg!!! you're amazinggg... i love your blog!


    if you give me permission, i'll link your blog under DIY blogs in my link page.. http://shopaholicconfessions.jouwpagina.nl/
    let me know :D


    -xxx-

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  5. I'm in loveee with this necklace. I want to try it ASAP! And I'm so excited to have you sponsoring me this coming month! We'll definitely have to keep collaborating in the future :)

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  6. I think your version is 10x better than the $450 version! It's such a beautiful color.

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  7. oh my! this is a MUST! i'm excited! :]
    -karly
    www.karpluswade.blogspot.com

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  8. I LOVE how the watercolor turned out! Amaze!

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  9. This is beautiful! I like yours way way better than the Nordstrom one :) It just seems a happier!

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  10. I can't believe the original one is $450... yours is so much nicer!!

    love

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  11. Wow, I like yours better than the necklace that originally inspired you! Very gorgeous

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  12. your so creative!
    love the necklace,
    I'm going try it, love it.
    xxx

    my-fashion-fairytale.blogspot.com

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  13. very creative my dear!!!! OMG!!! now I have a new DIY place to barge into and a new inspiration...yey!!!

    thanks for the comment and will be back for more...DIY!!!!

    Kisses
    Sweet
    PensandLens
    @mistytewest

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  14. Love this necklace. I absolutely love this brilliant DIY!!!

    happy Monday!

    xoxo,
    melrod

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  15. i'm so excited to try this out. I dont paint much but that wont stop me. aaaw... cant wait

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  16. i love love this . im gonna try thi over the weekend. i love thi blog. now following.visit mine . ive done a diy too
    http://mbabaziannet.blogspot.com/

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  17. That's really pretty!!

    http://thefashioninbox.blogspot.com

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  18. it looks very nice!! great idea!! i like it!!

    http://frenkiesgirl.blogspot.com/

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  19. To be honest I think your version looks a million times better than the nordstrom one, I would buy yours in a heartbeat - it's sooo pretty!

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  20. So very pretty! I saw this on Carly's blog (Chic Steals)... Lovely!
    xx
    maya

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  21. What a super tutorial! You`ve inspired me to check out the silk flower section of my local craft store! Thanks for sharing. I will feature and link in a future blog post so others can come visit.

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  22. Where did you purchase the connector gems?

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  23. I got them at Michael's, but I'm sure you can find similar pieces on Ebay or Etsy.

    xo

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  24. That looks like it was a blast to make Kirsten, I love it! Thanks so much for adding this to the One Pretty Thing Flickr pool, I'll be linking in the next Jewelry Roundup.

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  25. Nordstrom should be ashamed of themselves, their petals look like the flower hasn't been watered in days! Whereas your petals are crisp, fresh and utterly genius. I love your project!

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  26. Wow! & your one looks so much cuter than the original.. :D I feel like making a pair of water colour petal earrings.. :)

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  27. This is so pretty. I like yours better than the one you based it on

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  28. SUPER!!!

    http://myneverland1c.blogspot.com/

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  29. hi im a 13 year old guy and ive owned a jewelry bussiness for 3 years now and ive been very seccussful. Ive just been invited to a art festival. im going to make my twist on ths necklace with earings to match. last year i entered jewelry and i was 1 point away from getting a best of catergory. wish me luck!
    P.S i agree yours is much brighter but is hard to commpare they are to diffornt types of jewelry.

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  30. oh my godd i love ur creativity! you're my new idol, am definitely gonna try and make that necklace! x

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  31. I love this but how the the paint not rub off on your shirt? Is there anything you can seal the petals with?

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  32. Hi, very well done, It's such a beautiful color. thanks for the post.
    Forex Review

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  33. i like your version more! nice work! :) lisa

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  34. How creative and unique!!

    Lovely idea.

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  35. Honestly, yours is MUCH prettier than the Lanvin version. Oh SO MUCH prettier.

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  36. lovely, but how do you keep the paint from coming off during wearing? won't the water colours come off if the wearer perspires?

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  37. Its more beautiful than the other necklace for 450,
    I love your proyect!
    greatings form Denmark

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  38. I like your's waaaay better, actually! I featured this necklace in my blog with a collection of trends that are inspired by watercolors. (If not posted today, it should be there tomorrow)

    Great work!

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