Were you blown away by Proenza Schouler‘s entire Fall 2011 Collection as much as we were? The juxtaposition of digitalized and geometric Native American inspired prints with decorative, Victorian-like statement necklaces was all kinds of genius. And of course, the jewelry had the wheels in our DIY minds spinning ever since. Erica of PS I Made This recently made a beautiful version of Proenza Schouler’s scroll necklace in white and today, we’re tackling a version in black . . . it’s all about the yin and the yang, right?
The hardest part of this project is finding decorative mouldings that are small enough to use. A solution is to buy a large moulding and use an x-acto knife to carve out small parts. Usually, the wood used to make decorative mouldings is super light so it can be easily broken away after carving a few lines. Use sandpaper or an emory board to file the edges smooth. Lay all the pieces out on a table for placement. Mark each connecting area with a pen, making sure the markings are symmetrical.
Lay the mouldings on a wooden block and carefully drill holes through each marking. File away any rough edges and brush away any leftover dust.
In a well ventilated area, spray an even coat of flat black paint over the mouldings and charms. Apply a second and third coat if necessary. Let them dry completely.
Connect each piece with a jump ring using the pliers. Finish off the necklace with either 2 pieces of chain and a clasp or some ribbon.
Your Proenza Schouler inspired necklace is finished!
(top image from here, rest of images by Honestly…WTF)