Wednesday, February 1, 2012

gold-dipped necklace

okay, that sounds a lot fancier than it is. this is the easiest little project and takes just minutes, but in the end you have a unique and fun statement necklace. does it get better than that?

i've seen a lot of necklaces made with these wooden beads floating around pinterest and stores, but i thought it would be fun to do a little somethin'-somethin' to spruce those beads up a bit.
 is anyone else obsessed with the 'dipped' phenomenon going on right now? dipped chair legs, dipped silverware, dipped baskets, it's everywhere. i thought it would be cool to dip the beads in metallic gold paint (or any paint, really. i'm just obsessed with gold). well...minus the dipping part. i decided to opt out of the dripping mess and long drying time dipping would bring and instead went for a "fake dip."

all you need are these easy supplies:
+wooden craft beads (found at any craft store)
+some type of string/cord/leather to string the beads on (i used waxed-leather cord)
+paintbrush (unless you want to dip. if you do you are braver than me, so send me a link, i would love the see the results!)
+painters/masking tape
+two objects of the same height to set the skewer on (i used little bowls, but cups or really anything  will work. this is to keep the beads elevated to help with painting and drying.)

here's a close up of the paint i used. i love how metallic and sparkly it is. i think a bright color or anything that contrasts would look great too: bright blue, white, red, coral,'s endless!

the first step is to tape around the beads. this does not have to be perfect, the less perfect it is, the more interesting and "dipped" it will look (or at least that's what i told myself :).
after the beads are taped, string them on the skewer.

then whip out the paint and paint those little babies. this is when the skewer really comes in handy. i just had to hold the paintbrush and spin the bead and bam! the painting took about a minute. for reals.

then just let the beads dry on the skewer, string on your desired string, and viola, you have yourself a one-of-a-kind "dipped" necklace.
i bought tiny gold beads to put in between each wooden bead but they were too small, they went inside the holes of the wooden beads. fail. but it could be another fun way to mix it up, just do your hole vs. bead-size homework first :).



  1. I LOVEE this!! So creative. Just pinned it :)

  2. Very cool! I made knobs for my dresser using this same kind of idea and giant wood beads from Michaels.

  3. That is really cute post, Easter have just passed and I found this is good to be use in next easter. Thank you for sharing it with us

  4. Wow.. This necklace looks like real gold made. I can't even think of it as painted of gold color. Its very attractive and nice.


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