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Upcycle your old jewellery – How to DIY the Galaxies Edition of Necklaces

By popular demand, here are step-by-step images and instruction on how the magic happens.

I have made thus far the following jewelry:

…and lately, I created this one for the purpose of this post which I am naming:

Earth in Motion

Here is how to upcycle your old necklaces

Find a necklace you want to upcycle that you’re bored with, like this one:

The ones that work best are the ones that are NOT a smooth metal like this one above, but more like a rougher metal like this because it doesn’t chip off as easily and the acrylic paint adheres better:

Still, all is not lost.

Now time to prep your palette and work space. I suggest having a piece of plastic to put the paints on because it’ll be easier to mix and won’t soak through to stain anything.

Choose the colours you think you want to add to your necklace:

Then pour a little of each colour out onto the plastic:

I knew I wanted Earth as my inspiration so I mixed up some green, white, light blues and gold to create this gold-y teal colour:

After I got the right mix, I do a very quick brush over the necklace to mark off where I want to stop the paint.

You can decide to do the whole necklace, or leave half showing the way I usually do:

Now that you have a base colour set (Earth in this case), I use a new brush and start by mixing in the second colour which is blue and this gorgeous deep inky purple to mimic the deep oceans:

Then I sort of haphazardly choose to put a little on each circle, covering bits and pieces of the green and the metal here and there:

Then I go back over the necklace adding more green, more of the second colour back and forth until I think it looks a little messy, adding drops of water here and there to liquefy and loosen up the paint.

I start blending in the edges of some of the colours so that it doesn’t look so straight-edged.

Lastly, I mix up the third highlighted colour I plan on dripping all over the necklace with a third and final brush:

I now cover the part I don’t want the paint to drip on, and start dripping it all over the place (mixed in with water):

I keep going until I am satisfied, moving the covering from one section to another until I get the entire necklace done.

The trick is not to overdo it.

I do a final touchup with the colours, such as breaking up that big yellow section at the bottom by adding in a little blue and blending it, and the necklace is done.

I am looking at it now and I like it, but I feel like I may want to add in another colour here and there. Or I may just leave it.

I haven’t decided yet.

But that’s basically how I create the necklaces!

Any questions? Have you upcycled other items?

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Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

Am my own Sugar Daddy. Am a millionaire at 36 after getting out of $60K of student debt in 18 months, a little over a decade earlier, using I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K with an average lifetime savings rate of 50%. I have 11 side incomes that are on track in 2020 to make me $50K - $75K. I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I am all about balance - between time and money, and also enjoying my money. I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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  1. Hollie Black

    Hello! I shared this project on my blog! I hope you don’t mind!

    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Of course not thank you!!!!!!!

  2. Susan Tan

    Love this idea!

    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      I have had many compliments on my necklaces…

  3. SarahN

    Thanks – I asked, and it does seem more efforty than the worker me – but you have a bit of time (and a toddler!)

    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Yes, my brain gets bored and this is fun to do 🙂

  4. The Asian Pear

    I love these so much ever since I saw them on your Instagram. It reminds me of Van Gogh’s Starry Night so much.

  5. s

    these are awesome – great idea!

    1. neurosciency

      i think i wrote this comment – i wanted to add that you should spray them with a varnish or something to make sure that the paint doesn’t come off when it rains, etc.

      1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

        Oh what a good tip thank you!


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