I am absolutely in love with this summer's neon trend! I love a bright pop of colour with any outfit, and think that neon accessories (purses, jewelry, etc.) are the perfect way to embrace the trend without going overboard. After seeing several neon necklaces, from various shops on etsy, I decided to make my own. Below is my super easy tutorial on how you too can make your own neon jewelry.
1) Find a piece of jewelry you want to transform:
My sister and I found this necklace at our local second hand store for $5.99. Personally, I would recommend finding a piece of jewelry made from metal, rather than wood or plastic, as metal seems to hold on to the spray paint much better.
2) Spray your piece of jewelry with white primer:
Since you want your neon necklace to be very vibrant, it is best to start with a white primer. This allows the coloured spray paint to better adhere to your necklace, and gives you a nice neutral base to work from. After several attempts, my sister and I found that it is best to spray the primer in several light coats, allowing 2-3 minutes of drying time between each coat.
3) Spray your piece of jewelry with the neon spray paint colour of your choice:
Like the primer, it is important to spray the necklace with several light coats of neon paint, allowing 2-3 minutes of drying time between each coat. My sister and I chose to use a neon yellow spray paint (seen above) as well as a neon pink/coral spray paint for all of the jewelry we made . We found our neon spray paint at Home Depot for $6.49 a bottle.
4) Spray your piece of jewellery with a finishing gloss:
This step is optional. If you prefer the look of matte neon jewelry, you can leave it as is. Personally, my sister and I liked the way the jewelry looks when it is shiny, and thought that an extra finishing coat may help keep the jewelry from getting scratched up.
5) Show off your new necklace with flare!:
I love the neon yellow necklace and think it looks great with a more neutral (I like black and white) outfit.
This is definitely one of the easiest DIY projects I have done, although I will admit it takes a bit of patience, especially when waiting for the paint to dry between coats. It's a great way to give old and unused jewelry a new summer look. Below are some of the other pieces me made.
Tomorrow I will be posting another DIY tutorial for a bright summer necklace I made using nail polish. In the meantime, I would love to know your thoughts on the pieces above? Do you love neon like I do? Would you wear any of these? Do you think you will try your hand at making some neon jewelry? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.