I’ve had this fun silver necklace for a few years.
But when it broke last year (just a loose jump ring fell off), it got put aside in my bead box to be fixed or remade one day. I never really loved the pearl accents, and as I’ve been seeing so many pretty brightly colored necklaces lately, it got my wheels turning on giving that piece a new life…
I thought my old silver necklace would be an excellent candidate for a faux enamel finish (a bit like the enamel necklaces in numbers 2 & 6 above).
So I dug through my beads for color inspiration, then pulled some acrylic paints to match.
I didn’t have all the exact colors, but it was simple enough to mix a couple to get the exact shade I wanted.
And then it was as simple as painting it on.
One coat didn’t quite get the coverage, but two coats were just right.
I got a couple of coats too, oi.
Once all the parts of the necklace were painted with two coats, the finish was really matte… not enamel-y at all. So I hit them all with coat of gloss Mod Podge.
And SHAZAAM! Brand new shiny, colorful, faux enamel necklace all ready for spring!
I love that this project was fast, simple, and free!
It’s so fun to give an old piece a fresh look! Wheeeeeeee! Now, I am thinking what other forlorn pieces can be given a little love… Hmm…
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