Where have I been? Riding the highs high and the lows low. That’s kinda my jam. Where have you been? Good thing summer isn’t over yet and we can still spend time together. 🙂 Do you want to have some fun making floating locket necklaces to pair with all the cute summer tees on sale now? Let’s go then…
Full disclosure… I don’t know who the woman dressed in orange is in this picture. However, she is rocking these shades, and I really think a citrusy necklace would take this look to the top. Whenever I see someone wearing wide, white sunglasses like this, I am reminded of the late Jacqueline Kennedy. I never tire of her style, and recently discovered this link to some great images capturing her unique beauty that you might enjoy too.
Photo found here at HuffingtonPost.com
Okay, back to necklaces…as is usually the case, I think that “floating lockets” have been around for quite a while, but I’m just discovering them so they are new to me. 🙂
I first noticed floating lockets in Florence, Oregon just before the 4th of July, when I was poking around in the shops with my husband’s Mom and Sister – both of whom are wonderful and special to me, more about that in another blog post. 🙂 The shop was selling the individual charms for $5.99 each, and in my opinion, you need to buy at least 4-6 charms to make it worth it. I’ll admit I was pretty tempted. However, I can still remember the experience, and the expense, of when I went all charm-crazy at Brighton on my 40th birthday, so I resisted. Of course after that, I saw floating lockets literally everywhere! Why does it always seem to happen that way? For example, if you decide you want to steer clear of donuts strangely they appear all over the place. It’s like a great big test given out by the universe. I want to send up a plea…”please, can I just have a day like yesterday, where I didn’t see a single donut and absolutely no floating locket charms?!” Hmmph.
Well anyway, these things exist, so the universe and I will have to work something out. I also have not forgotten about these DIY citrus slice coasters that I saw last summer on Pinterest:
Project and photo from Molly’s Sketchbook on PurlSoho.com. You can purchase this exact felt bundle through the website. Their site also has a lot of other great DIY projects worth taking a look at.
For some reason, seeing these coasters made me think that I really need a punch of citrus in my life, so I started checking online to see what was available. I ended up finding a lot of links to “fimo fruit slice decals” that people are using to jazz up their nails, and they were all super reasonable. Ba-bam. I knew then that I had to try using nail decals in floating lockets, and they did turn out to be super fun to make and wear. So here we are…
SLICE OF SUMMER SUEDE NECKLACES:
What you will need:
Photo to MAKARTT Fruit Fimo Nail Art Nail Tips Slice Decoration found here
1. Fruit Fimo Nail Art Tips from MAKARTT: Found here at Amazon.com
2. Locket Pendant: I like the style of these Bead Landing lockets from Michaels because of the cool clasp, however, there is very little space inside the locket, so it’s pretty tight when you close them. If you prefer, you could use a real “floating” locket such as this one from Joanns.
Bead Landing Frame Locket from Michaels
3. Judikin’s Diamond Glaze: Ben Franklin Crafts is the only store that had Diamond Glaze in stock locally, but I noticed you can order it from Amazon too. Hint: If you tried making the Summer Here We Come necklaces, you probably still have some Diamond Glaze left over to use for these.
4. Suede craft cord: Suede craft cord can be found everywhere! Michaels, Joanns, Walmart, etc. I purchased this brand from Joann’s with a 40% off coupon.
Open your pendant locket and place on a paper towel.
Start to place your fimo nail tips in the design that you like, and then squeeze in a little of the Judikins Diamond Glaze to cover. You want to use a really thin layer of glaze, or dilute a little with water, because it rises some as it dries, and you want to be able to close the locket. Wait 4-5 hours for the diamond glaze to dry.
Tip: Don’t fret over the layout of your nail tips! They are pretty slippery to begin with, but if you wait a few minutes the glaze will start to dry, and then it’s easy to go back and move them to where you want ’em.
Cut a 24″ length suede cord for your necklace (or whatever length you would like). String your pendant onto your suede cord. At this point, you have a few choices for how to close your necklace:
* Follow along with these instructions and try your hand at a sliding knot
* Follow along with this video and try your hand at adding a lobster clasp
* If you are a sailor like many of my friends, you might want to opt for just a reef knot like this and call it good. 🙂
There is something so cheerful about a slice of summer fruit, and this project goes along with my new favorite saying…found on a sign in a shop in Bend, Oregon. It reads “Do something every day that makes you happy.”
With that in mind, I’m seriously considering ordering this lemon island, but is it a bit too much?
Giant fruit floats found here at Amazon.com
Hope you all are having a wonderful summer! If you are a personal friend of Windlasse and want to try the Slice of Summer necklaces, I have some extra fimo nail decals left from this project, so let me know. Maybe we can meet at the Lake. 🙂
If you would rather purchase a floating locket necklace, here are links to some sites that sell the real deal:
August is peeking just around the corner. I say, bring the heat and the umbrella drinks!