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Monday, April 23, 2012

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Painted Chain Necklace:.

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I promised a tutorial for this beauty, and a tutorial you shall have!

Here's what you need:

- chain
- clasps (if the chain doesn't come with one already)
- paint
- paint brushes


My chain was really long, so I split it in half, and re-attached the ends to the clasp and the hook so that I had two chains attached to each end. I just did this by using my crimping pliers to open up jump rings, put the chain where I wanted, and closed the jump rings back up. You can have your chain be as many or as few as you like!


A nice clean necklace!


Next I measured my chain so that I could be sure to paint the colors in equal areas. I was using three colors, so I wanted each color to be the same length on the necklace, with the same distance between each grouping of colors.


I figured that out, took my first color, and went ahead and marked where I was starting each grouping on each side. For my chain, I was doing three colors in each grouping, with each color being two inches each. Then I put three inches in between each grouping of colors.


Start painting your two inch colors! You'll have to pick up your chain, even after it's dry, to make sure you get the chain covered well.


Looking good so far!




Once it's dry, admire your finished necklace! Keep it long...



Or double it up for another look!


You could also do this using colored chain that you buy at the store. It would just require opening up the links and re-attaching. I think paint gives you more options, but either way works great!


What colors would you do?

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  1. I've been seeing these and can't wait to try it! Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. This is so pretty! I'm such a spray paint addict that I never even thought to use acrylic paint on jewelry. So many more colour options if you go this way!

    Does it flake off at all?

  3. So cute! I would love for you to share this with my "Unveil Your Genius" link party.

    Happy Sunday!

  4. Super cute, Summer. Love the pop of turquoise!

  5. Amazing idea Summer! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  6. This is so cool! I saw it some time ago, thought I pinned for future reference, thinking it would be really hard! But.. I hadn't pinned it and was looking for it forever!! So glad I found it...and that it's super easy....Lol! How well does this hold up, though? I'm curious if I'll have to "touch up" after a couple of wears?


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