Today is the last project in our month long series revamping jewelry from The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Guide to Handmade Jewelry for our I Love to Create Column (sponsored). I hope you have enjoyed all the projects: Fabric Scrap Bracelet, Shredded Junk Mail Pin Pong Ball Necklace, Wearing Your Collection Bracelet and Fabric Necklace. Today is a new spin on one of my favorite projects in the book, the Specs Appeal Necklace.
In the book I used a pair of glasses, but for the remake we are only going to use a lens. This is a fun and easy project I have made several times and always love how they turn out. I get a kick out of searching for vintage images of people wearing glasses to use in the necklace! Plus the project is super duper easy to make. Read on for complete instructions and for a chance to win your own copy of The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry.
Aleene’s Instant Decoupage
Tulip® Soft Fabric Paint (Petal Pink)
Image of someone wearing glasses
Old Eye Glasses
Dremel Drill (with small bit)
Silver Chain Necklace
2 silver jump rings
Flat nose pliers
Hunt and Gather
You might be wondering; “where does one find vintage images of kids wearing a headdress and eyeglasses?”. Well the answer is you buy books at your thrift store and hope for the best or you snag some Crafty Collage Curios. Old eyeglasses are also easily found at the thrift store. Look for pairs that are plastic, have large lenses and are not bifocals.
Boil a pot of water and pop in your glasses. Let them boil for 3-5 minutes. The heat weakens the plastic frames.
Drain the water and rinse with cool water until you can touch the lenses. Apply pressure and each lens should pop right out of the frame.
Once you have chosen your image, make sure it will fit inside your lens. Slather the inside of the lens with Aleene’s Instant Decoupage. Squish your image to the lens. Apply more Aleene’s Instant Decoupage to the backside of your image and smooth out all the bubbles and wrinkles. Allow to dry completely.
Once your decoupage has dried go back in with your scissors and cut off excess paper. Use your fingernail to scrape off any decoupage that might have gotten on the front of the lens. Use your craft knife to trim around the edges for a close finish.
Using your Tulip® Soft Fabric Paint coat the backside of your lens with a matching color. This acts as a protective barrier and also gives your lens pendant a more finished look. Allow to dry completely.
Using a small drill with a small bit drill two holes in the top two corners of your lens.
Using your wire clippers snip your 18” silver chain necklace at the very center link so that it is in two strands. Using your flat nosed pliers attach the two strands to either hole in your lens using a silver jump ring.
There you have it, easy and as cute as can be! Nothing says the image you use has to be a picture of someone wearing glasses; I just love a good theme. Embellish the lens with some Tulip Glam It Up Crystals (attach them with some Liquid Fusion Glue rather than iron, duh) or perhaps some plastic flower petals.
The way you enter yourself to win a free copy of The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry is to leave me a comment. Not just any comment. The comment field about “what do you look for in a craft book” got such a good response today I thought I would ask “what do you look for in a blog how-to project”. Do you prefer step by step with pictures or do you like video? Are the instructions or the pictures more important to you? How often do you make the projects you have seen on a craft blog? Any and all comments pertaining to how-to blog projects would be appreciated! Good luck you have a week to enter.
*Please note I was given free materials and compensated for this post, but all materials are my own*