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How to Alter a Necklace (for a cool Steampunk look)

Welcome, welcome and roll right up for the Old Treasures Hop!  I am so honored to be a part of this amazing altering extravaganza with 15 renowned Mixed Media artists worldwide!  Today I have given myself a bit of a challenge to create something useful and wearable using my mixed media skills - I will be altering a necklace and transforming it into an old treasure with a steampunk theme.
Altered Steampunk Necklace 21a

Now this one was a bit of a challenge for me as I was determined to make something I could wear - so it limited some of my product choices and creative decisions - but I've never shied away from a challenge and this was no different.  I had an old necklace I'd bought over 10 years ago, it was no longer my taste and I don't wear it and it just sat in the drawer gathering dust (or cat fur in my house).  This was the perfect candidate for the Old Treasures hop as I was certain I could make this into something I would wear!  I decided to dive right in and see what happens, and before I knew it I'd pried, cut and pulled apart a good portion of my original necklace and was ready to start altering.

Altered Steampunk Necklace 3

How I Altered a Necklace

Now the basic process for altering my necklace was:

  1. Choose a sacrificial piece of jewelry and remove any bits that don't fit the final theme or that will make it difficult to work with - like beads, crystals, chains, dangly bits.
  2. Paint metal with black paint and allow to dry (metal paint is preferable for this step).
    Altered Steampunk Necklace 3
  3. Add metal embellishments with jewelry glue and cover any areas of the original necklace you want to preserve with washi tape (something easy to peel off).
  4. Add copper wire embellishments (protect with washi).
  5. Begin adding Patina metal paint using a sponge or old brush - vary the colors layer by layer to build up an aged look to the surface - allow paint to dry between each layer to preserve the colors.
    Altered Steampunk Necklace 4
  6. Apply Art Alchemy metallic paints to the surface to add some shimmer and the illusion of aged iridescent colors, like Roman Glass buried for years.  The wings on the little tap are some of my favorite parts!  Add more Patina paint and Art Alchemy paint until you are happy with the look and finish with a little black Patina Paint to darken the whole piece.
    Altered Steampunk Necklace 5
  7. Add Inka Gold Wax paste to highlight the texture and designs.
  8. Add watch parts and brass or copper elements - make sure to make each little bit interesting!
    Altered Steampunk Necklace 10
  9. Add gems or crystals for a touch of bling
  10. Seal if necessary (if like me you have very acid skin).
  11. Reassemble the necklace and you are good to wear your unique new creation.

Altered Steampunk Necklace 11

When you look up close, you can see each layer of paint that was added.
Altered Steampunk Necklace 11

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The Tanzanite gems were the perfect accent, adding a touch of glam to the piece.
Altered Steampunk Necklace 15
Altered Steampunk Necklace 15

Altered Steampunk Necklace 11

Altered Steampunk Necklace 11

Watch this piece come together right here step-by-step in the video below - and make sure to LEAVE YOUR COMMENT ON YOUTUBE to be entered into the prize draw!



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 Altered Steampunk Necklace 21a



OK - we have MASSIVE giveaways on this hop - our sponsors were very generous!!!  You have until October 1st to watch, comment and subscribe.   
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I hope you enjoy this amazing journey and learn loads of new ideas for mixed media and altering your very own projects oxoxo 

And remember - head on over to YouTube to leave a comment to be entered into the prize draw!