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DIY Butterfly Necklace with Vintaj

by Amy Bowerman

Hi there  friends!  Today I’m sharing a Butterfly Necklace tutorial with you.  I created this Necklace using art metals and patinas from Vintaj.  This was my first time playing with Vintaj Patinas and I’m so excited to share what I discovered along the way!  I’m no jewelry guru and I can assure you that this is an easy necklace to create even if you are a novice jewelry maker (like me).  The season of giving is upon us and a, handmade necklace with Vintaj makes a lovely, heartfelt gift!

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Like I said, I am not much of a Jewelry maker.  If I have to open more than a few jump rings I get squeamish so fear not this jewelry tutorial will be relatively easy.  I completed this project in about an hour and had a lot of fun doing it and I think you will too.

There were a lot of good sales in the jewelry section at  my local craft store this week and I wanted to try something new.  I grabbed a few pieces from the Vintaj collection and this multi-strand chain from Industrial Chic to use as the base of my necklace design.

 

Make a Butterfly Necklace with Vintaj

 

I fell in love with this Vintaj butterfly and decided to try the Vintaj Patinas out to add some color to it.

 

Make a Butterfly Necklace with Vintaj

 

Start by adding Vintaj Patinas with a paint brush.  Allow Patina to dry between coats.  You can experiment by layering different colors on top of one another or mixing them together on a craft sheet.

 

Make a Butterfly Necklace with Vintaj

 

After coloring my butterfly with Vintaj Patinas I added highlights to the wings with Snow Cap Alcohol Ink using a q-tip.   I layered on several other colors of Alcohol Ink (with q-tips ) to the outer edges of the wings as well.

 

Make a Butterfly Necklace with Vintaj

 

Once the Alcohol inks were dry I tore a small piece of cotton from the end of a clean q-tip and wrapped it around the end of a toothpick.  By squeezing a few drops of Pitch Black Alcohol Ink on my craft sheet I was able to use the tooth pick to add bold details to the butterfly.

 

Make a Butterfly Necklace with Vintaj

 

When the detailing was finished I gave the butterfly the once over and touched up areas that needed more Alcohol Ink.

 

Make a Butterfly Necklace with Vintaj

 

Using a soft file I removed some of the ink from the raised areas and edges of the butterfly to bring out a lovely metallic sheen.

 

Make a Butterfly Necklace with Vintaj

 

This was my Inspiration photo.  Pretty close eh?  You can find this inspiring photo and more on my Doodle Diva Pinboard.

 

Make a Butterfly Necklace with Vintaj

 

To create the necklace I used a bead board to measure the Industrial Chic chain.  It was just a touch short so I added some chain from my stash and attached it with Vintaj Jump rings.  So far Vintaj Jump rings are the best I’ve ever seen!  So sturdy and easy to work with!

 

 

 

Make a Butterfly Necklace with Vintaj

 

Here I have attached toggle clasps to the end of the chain with Vintaj jump rings.  When it comes to clasps for jewelry I’m a huge fan of the toggle clasp.  I always struggle with lobster clasps and have found that toggles make putting on jewelry a breeze.

 

Make a Butterfly Necklace with Vintaj

 

Now all that’s left to do is attach that freshly Patina-d Vintaj butterfly with…you guessed it…Vintaj jumprings.

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See that wasn’t so bad now was it?  You don’t have to break the bank this holiday season.  Keep your eyes peeled for sales at your local craft store and you will be on your way to creating beautiful handmade jewelry for all the girls on your holiday gift list.  You don’t have to be an expert jewelry maker or even know how to solder (I don’t) with Vintaj pieces.  Just add ink and a few jumprings and you are ready to go!

You can find links to the products I used to create this butterfly necklace below.   I could not find the ruby chain online but you may be able to find it at Michael’s or at least a suitable alternative.  Vintaj also has some great chain options.


 

I hope you get a chance to play with Vintaj Patinas and create some fun jewelry pieces of your own.

Wear your art with pride :)

Amy*

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1 Michelle Nun November 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Gorgeous Amy! I love butterflies. Jewelry is uncharted territory for me..but you inspired me to reconsider and to try it myself.
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2 Audrey Pettit November 15, 2013 at 7:57 am

Oh, wow! How stunning! And how very fun! Absolutely LOVE your painted butterfly! I had no idea you could even paint something like that. WOW! TFS!
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3 Amy Bowerman November 15, 2013 at 8:17 am

Yes you can Audrey :) I live by the mantra “Have ink/paint, will put it on anything and everything!”

Paint on my friend!

Amy*

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4 Anne Rx November 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Wow Amy, I love butterflies and you have made your look like a real Peacock butterfly! Your whole necklace is just gorgeous. Hugs, Anne x
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5 Buttons November 14, 2013 at 9:32 am

That is such a brilliant creation Amy! Love the way you have replicated the butterfly so closely and the addition of the beads works so well. Jenny x
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6 Linda, the funkie junkie November 14, 2013 at 9:05 am

Absolutely stunning, Amy. I love all the Vintaj patina paints and their beautiful jewelry pieces. I was really excited to see you showcasing them. Your butterfly came out fantastic and I’m just drooling over this beautiful necklace. I’m sure someone will be thrilled to find it under their Christmas tree!

Hugs,
Linda

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