Thursday, April 5, 2012

Painted Rhinestone Necklaces

A few weeks ago I fell head over heels in love with these two stunning painted rhinestone necklaces inspired by the work of designer Tom Binns. I loved the idea of taking a piece of jewelry that I never wear - how many of you also have rhinestone necklaces that just never get worn? - and turning it into a fabulous piece of jewelry that would brighten up an outfit.

So, I invited a few girlfriends over for an afternoon of painting rhinestone jewelry. With a few coats of nailpolish, an average piece of jewelry can be turned into a stunning statement piece.


Inspiration pictures and the most fashionable colors displayed on a pedestal.


A great way to spend an hour or two on a weekend afternoon.

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  1. Looks like so much fun! I tried to leave a comment awhile ago about your lovely clothes too, but it wouldn't let me!
    It's nice to see all the ladies making pretty things together of an afternoon...kind of the 21st c. version of a quilting gathering!

  2. Oh my, such a neat idea. So, did they turn out the way you were hoping they would?

  3. Yes, we all got lots of compliments on them when we wore them to work and school. I don't think that people realized that we had painted them ourselves either. They're so easy and fun to paint and turn out looking beautiful - it's hard not to paint all my rhinestone necklaces. :)

  4. I was wondering if the nail polish chips off?

  5. I haven't had any issues with it chipping. I only did one coat of nailpolish because the second coat seemed to be more likely to dribble down the sides. But this tutorial suggests doing two coats of nailpolish and a coat of clear nailpolish: That might make it less likely to chip, although it doesn't seem to be a problem yet!

  6. This is gorgeous! Love love!