I love statement jewellery – no surprises there. I love anything outlandish, brash, loud, heavy-duty and attention seeking (insight into my soul perhaps?) I think it’s because that whilst I certainly do not have a complex about my body, I may not necessarily take massive fashion risks when it comes to my clothing (at least not on a regular basis) – my go-to outfit on a night out would more often than not be an LBD but with big statement jewellery. Therefore it’s no surprise that I love outlandish DIY projects and this one in particular is no exception.
If you want to get your hands “dirty” and really feel like you’re engaging in traditional DIY (think heavy duty; think tools!) then this project is perfect for melding fashion with DIY toil. Whilst it definitely isn’t a difficult project, it is somewhat time-consumming and a bit manual so leave enough time if you want to finish it in one sitting. Fantastically versatile, I doubt this will be the only perspex accessory in my DIY repertoire.
What you need:
- Bradawl (the long metal piercing stick in the foreground of the below photo – used for making holes, usually in wood)
- A candle
- Contact Adhesive
- 2 sheets of perspex plastic
- Thick Metal Ring Chain
- Thick Metal Ring Links
- Assorted flat-bottomed plastic “jewels” (you can use your own selection of colours & textures)
- Using the hammer, carefully “smash” the perspex sheets so as to make different sized & shaped pieces of plastic. (I emphasize ‘carefully’ because if little shards of plastic fly off and hide themselves, they could eventually end up stuck in the bottom of your foot…which is most certainly not a desired consequence of this DIY project. Therefore, it might be a good idea to do this bit outside, where possible.)
- Select 3-4 pieces that you think are the correct shape & size for you necklace (if you want a big statement necklace then choose bigger, more rectangular pieces. If you want your necklace to be slightly smaller and demure then go for smaller, square or triangular pieces)
- Using the sandpaper, sand down the edges of the plastic to ensure it’s not sharp and there aren’t any flyaway pieces – trust me, it may be plastic but you do not want to be impaled by one of these pieces.
- Light the candle and heat the bradawl’s pointed end in the flame. When hot, use the piercing edge of the bradawl to poke holes in the top corners of each piece of perspex.
- Using the pliers, hook the perspex pieces together using the metal ring links.
- Once the pieces are connected to form a collar (you can also hook them in a downwards fashion too), use the metal ring links to connect the metal chain onto the outermost holes, thus making the chain into a necklace.
- Now the perspex pieces have formed a collar and are linked by the chain, you can glue the “jewels” onto the plastic using the contact adhesive.
- Once stuck on, leave to dry overnight.
And there you go, with a little bit of patience and a selection of basic hardware tools, you too can make this very versatile and eye-cathing DIY Perspex Necklace!