refashioned rhinestone necklace

Rhinestone Necklace Upstyling

Here in Hong Kong it’s not a rare thing to see some pretty gaudy accessories for sale. I’m talking rhinestones, feathers, fur, pleather, spikes – all at the same time! Now, I’m a fan of bling and statement jewellery but sometimes I find myself not really loving heaps of bright shiny rhinestones. Now, diamonds are another matter but those big chandelier-style rhinestone necklaces can look a bit tacky. The dilemma is, I sometimes come across beautiful designs that I’d be more than happy to wear, were it not for the blinding nature of the stones. Luckily for me, I’ve found a fabulous solution that is cheap, simple and can be easily replicated…nail polish! Yes that’s right, some simple nail varnish can transform your rhinestones from tacky to trendy.

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I’m sure this isn’t a “new thing” to many of you DIY enthusiasts out there and for those who haven’t heard of this neat little trick, it’s so unbelievably easy I really don’t need to write out an entire tutorial. Basically, all you need is a big, fabulously gaudy rhinestone necklace (I’m serious, the more ostentatious the better!) and your favourite nail polish colours! I really love black as a base colour, that way neons and other bright colours will show up really well against a darker shade. “Splish, splash” – treat this like a Jackson Pollock painting, be as random as you can with the colours. The more “chaotic” the better!

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Happy DIYing!

xoxo V.

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