DIY : Neon Necklace

Friday, July 20, 2012

I've really started to love the neon trend, which came as quite a surprise. After living through the 80's I didn't think that neon was something I would ever re-visit. I wore fluffy neon ankle socks - one pink and one yellow, and rubber bangles in huge numbers and had a scrunchie in every neon colour available *cringe*.

And yet, here I am, several years on, being lured once again by the mesmerising glow of neon.

My most recent neon purchase was a necklace found on eBay (whilst searching for 'that' H&M necklace). It had been hand painted, which triggered my inner DIY-er and had me heading off to B&Q for a can of spray paint.

I chose Rust-oleum High Glow Paint in yellow and here is what I did with it…

I chose an old, neglected necklace and asked Tinker nicely to step aside so I could photograph it.

I rather liked the contrast between the colour and texture of the wood with the utterly man made garishness of fluorescent yellow, so I decided to spray just a few of the beads. I used masking tape to mask the first few beads and sealed the rest in a bag.

I built up the colour slowly by spraying a thin coat and letting it dry before applying another. I did two coats a day until I was satisfied with the result.

I really rather like it and am currently eyeing up other potential neon projects - Tinker had better not sit still for too long...

What do you think? Have you embraced neon?
Check back soon to see how I've been wearing it.

Have a great weekend guys!


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  1. that's a really good idea, I too love the effect of the neon and wood together. I never do DIY's but you've kind of tempted me now...

    1. I enjoyed doing it. I've had this necklace for 5 years, maybe more and had only worn it a handful of times, now I'm wearing it regularly. You should give it a go!

  2. You did good girl, loving your work! Wish I had the H&M neon necklace x

    1. Thank you. I'd love the H&M one too, it was selling for £40 upwards when I searched for it. That's a tad more than I'd like to pay...

  3. I love that last shot as it looks like the brown beads are a string of cocktail sausages round your neck! Good job with the painting!

  4. Ohh this looks awesome! Love the colour combo - the neon+neutrals combination is such a good one!

    1. Thank you. I'm rather pleased with how it turned out.

  5. Love it, can't wait to see what you do next! Come check out my blog, maybe we can follow each other!
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