Monday, January 20, 2014

How to Make Jewelry Look Vintage

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I love rhinestone jewelry, but sometimes the stuff is so sparkly and over-the-top that you just can't wear it anywhere. I'd seen a tutorial a while ago on how to make jewelry look vintage with Sharpies, but that tutorial didn't quite work for me when I tried it and I came up with a new system.

How to Make a Necklace Look Vintage

You need:
-Necklace with rhinestones
-Wood stain
-Black patina for solder
-Q tips


I got the necklace online from this store with tons of deals on necklaces, bracelets, and rings. It's actually a bridal set of jewelry, but after I was done antiquing it up the necklace doesn't feel weird to wear it with a denim shirt.
How to Make a Necklace Look Vintage

To make the rhinestones themselves look vintage, I used wood stain and it was really simple. I just dipped a Q-tip in the stain and dabbed it all over the necklace. It's good to get the stain to pool darker in some places stay thin in other spots. When you use wood stain to get this effect you'll need to let the stain dry a few days so that it isn't tacky. Here you'll need to have a little faith because it seems like the wood stain can easily wipe off for a bit but after the stain loses loses it's tackiness, it is hard as a rock. (I was actually pretty surprised by how well it worked!)
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To get a patina on the metal part of the necklace, just dip some Q-tips in the Novacan Black Patina for Solder and keep rubbing on the metal until it turns black. Some spots it will take a while, but just keep rubbing.
How to Make a Necklace Look Vintage

I photographed this necklace in one of my favorite spots in all of NYC. There's a spot between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges where you've got an incredible view of lower Manhattan, the East River, and the bay. Almost three years ago Sean, Adele, and I sat in this spot dreaming of moving to NYC and it was here that we decided to live together. Some things have a way of working out. :)
How to Make a Necklace Look Vintage

At the bottom left of Brooklyn Bridge in this picture you can see one of my other favorite things about this New York spot: a carousel. When it's all lit up at night, it's ridiculously adorable.
How to Make a Necklace Look Vintage

How to Make a Necklace Look Vintage

How to Make a Necklace Look Vintage

How to Make a Necklace Look Vintage

How to Make a Necklace Look Vintage

I'm so tickled with how this necklace turned out that I need to try the wood stain + patina technique on a few other pieces of jewelry to make them easier to wear. :)
How to Make a Necklace Look Vintage

23 comments:

Maria said...

Love this! How freaking clever. Also, those photos are enough to almost make me want to live in a big city ;)

Debbie Bryant Rodriguez said...

So smart to think of using stain, and the result is wonderful ! I will definately try this. Pure genius to photograph the "rocks" on a rock :-)

Giulia said...

You can do a similar thing using cheap nail polish. The cheaper, the better: cheaper ones are usually more watery, which helps. Put a bit of black (or brown, or even grey - black works fine with fake silver jewellery, brown with fake golden) nail polish on a cotton ball and gently dab it on the rhinestones. It will give an irregular, darkish patina. If you realize you have put too much polish and the jewelry looks too darkened, just remove it with some acetone and start again.

linny said...

So, you bought piece of crap mass produced jewelry from China that was probably made by a child instead of buying actual quality USA made vintage jewelry?
You are what is wrong with society.

Taosena said...

Lovely, now people are going to be faking vintage jewelry and selling new crap as vintage. PERFECT

StacieGrissom said...

Totally get what you're saying-- and I'd actually prefer to find this stuff out in the wild while vintage shopping! :) In my experience, the ornate rhinestone jewelry can be pretty pricey-- even in small-town thrift shops. I mostly bop around Indiana spots-- the NYC vintage shops are super, super expensive. Didn't mean to offend at all-- just like to make things and share tutorials! And there are many looks I go for that other folks try to avoid. ;P

StacieGrissom said...

Gah. Tis not so bad, really! Even for Hoosiers like us. ;)

StacieGrissom said...

Nice! I saw one tutorial a long time ago that used Sharpies and they spread the ink around with a Q-tip and acetone-- yours would seem to work way better. :)

Eva said...

Can we add links here to our already distressed "vintage" pieces we have for sale in other venues??

Barbie said...

I love that you chose to go for the tarnished look! Looks awesome and totally makes me feel more comfortable wearing my old patinaed pieces. :)

Cyndi said...

I'm surprised by the haters, Stacie. I guess that people who don't take the time to phrase their disagreement with you nicely have lots more time on their hands to be nasty. Great little project, and thank you very much for sharing it!

StacieStacieStacie said...

Haha Cyndi you're so sweet! :D Thank you so much!!

Lacey Dalby said...

Great tutorial

Nadine Hartman Bourne said...

Those who can do, those who can't whine about it. Just know that all those people bagging on your tutorial are probably viewing it on a computer made in china by those children they think they are saving by buying vintage. LOL Love your project by the way. Now I just need to cheap made in china jewelry to try it on. I already have the nasty chemical left from staining my table. :)

Mrs. Cat said...

Good lord, some of the people posting here are rude. Remember what mom always said...if you can't say something nice....

Ren S. said...

Wood stain and solder patina are toxic and should never be used on something that touches skin. Please don't encourage people to use poisonous chemicals on jewelry.

StacieStacieStacie said...

You can seal the patina, but the wood stain doesn't touch your skin. Thanks for the tip! When I was doing research before, it is a bit confusing. I thought the patina was just toxic before it dried.


http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/nenam/patination-safety.htm

AliNichole said...

Whoaaaa! Haha! Assumptions much? I think people who hide behind the anonymity of the internet to insult others are terribly naive people. You are talking to a real person here. Would you use this kind of language if you were face to face with the author?
YOU are what is wrong with society.

robin hood said...

Nice information, many thanks to the author. It is
incomprehensible to me now, but in general, the usefulness and significance is
overwhelming. Thanks again and good luck!

Vintage Jewelry

Kate said...

Hey! I reaaaalllly like this project and all of your necklaces! I wish I had the patience to make all of them! That said, this is totally my speed! I tried to find the necklace through the link you provided, but both didnt really lead anywhere where one might purchase a similar necklace. Can you repost the link?
Yes I could look one up myself, but the one you found is just so perfect for this project!

Kate said...

Hey where did you buy the necklace?
K

StacieStacieStacie said...

Ah sorry! Found another that looks just like it! :)

http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Tone-Teardrop-Austrian-Necklace-A06912-8/dp/B00FBWN5IQ/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=starsforstree-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=IL5ZL2X5KUAJUSB3&creativeASIN=B00FBWN5IQ

hapinesswherever.wordpress.com said...

The vintage look rocks :) love the pic of the necklace w the bridge!!

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