DIY: easy fluorescent statement necklace

After being in New York where everything was NEON NEON NEON, I’m having a bit of a neon meets nude moment. I have been rocking an amazing (if I do say so myself) manicure which I’m psyched to do a how-to for, but right now I want to show you a really simple DIY I just did that would be a perfect long weekend project.

Colette necklaces for DIY project

I picked up these cheap costume necklaces from Colette. They were 50% off so both together cost me $12.95 (which means I got change from my $20 gift voucher…I’ll never be able to get rid of that thing). I figured if they were cheapies and I ballsed up the project then it was no great loss. My weapon of choice? Fluorescent nail polish.


I started with two coats of white polish on all the crystals that I wanted to colour. The crystals aren’t flat, so the white base gave the colour a bit of foundation to sit on and helped the yellow and pink pop more than they would if I painted straight onto the crystal. There is no special skill involved with the painting, but do the blobs a little thick to create a domed top, rather than thin coats. Don’t worry, it will dry eventually.

If you get paint anywhere you shouldn’t get paint, just tidy it up with remover on a q-tip once the paint is all dry. This isn’t rocket science, people!

I really wish the fluorescent yellow photographed better – it is insanely bright.

Tools of the trade…
Necklace: Colette
Yellow polish: Illamasqua – Rare
White polish: Face of Australia – Cool Cotton
Pink polish: NYC Color – Show Off

A cheap and simple project that adds a nice little lick of fluoro to the simplest outfit. Very NYC.

5 Responses to "DIY: easy fluorescent statement necklace"

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  1. Helen

    June 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Such a clever idea! Such a huge improvement from the original necklace.

  2. maddi

    June 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    i love this!

  3. Michelle @ The Modernity Project

    June 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Looks like I’m not the only one who got crafty this weekend! I love this – so easy but it looks fantastic, it might just be my next project.

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