As soon as I realized that we needed to choose an inspiration piece for this week’s Project Accessory craft-along, I knew that I wanted to use this Lia Sophia necklace. It’s one of their limited edition Kiam Faily Signature Collection pieces from about 7 years ago. It was outside of my budget, so I hosted a jewelry party specifically so I could order it for $15. (I think it was about $95 at regular price – ouch!) It’s been my very favorite piece of jewelry ever since!
Looking at the necklace, I immediately thought of two things I already had on hand: ball chains and rhinestones. Perfect.
First I made a wrap bracelet. I cut a long strip of suede that was left over from last week’s challenge and spray painted it in with a textured dark silver color. Then I attached a ball chain by sewing a stitch in the space between two balls every couple of inches, giving it a draping that echoes the necklace. Then I glued on some rhinestones. It closes with peel-and-stick velcro, mostly because I wasn’t in the mood to add any kind of closure that involved sewing.
Then I had to decorate up a pair of shoes! I chose a pair of ballet flats that I bought on clearance at K-Mart a few years ago for $2. They originally had little bows on the toes, but parts of the ends of the bows came unglued and they looked terrible. I ripped off the bows and replaced them with some black rhinestone flowers from my junk jewelry collection, then draped them all the way around with the same beading technique. Of course, I also had to add a few more rhinestones to each shoe for good measure.
I love my new matching accessories! Do you craft along too? If you did, please link up your projects below! (If you’re late to the party, don’t worry, this linky will stay open!)
Note: Please only link up projects that are directly related to this challenge! Submissions should fit the criteria of our challenge.
Those are both very cool! I love the effect of the wavy ball chain. And the color of the shoes is super pretty with the silver and rhinestones. Rhonda…you are safe! You may leave the runway and we’ll see you next week! (I personally can’t wait.)
Are you kidding me? Amazing job, Rhonda!! The ballet slippers look expensive. Great adaptations of your inspiration piece…
Hahah, I am afraid to compete. My shoes are uh… a craftfail?? I will post soon. Great job on yours! I love the bracelet most.
Thanks everyone! I’m very happy with how they turned out – these things will definitely be finding their way into the suitcase when it comes time to pack for CHA! :)