When I was in the 9th or 10th grade my mother bought me gold name earrings. I was living in Providence, RI at the time and going through a "all gold everything" phase. I use to wear multiple gold rings on my fingers and multiple necklaces all at once. In 11th grade, this style came with me when I moved to North Carolina. Unfortunately, my senior year of high school someone broke one of the earrings and I lost the other one. I was not able to wear them again.
One day I got the idea to turn my name earring into a necklace similar to my silver "Resee" necklace. I had majority of the material and tools needed to do it already. The only thing I had to buy was the actual chain which I purchased from Michael's Arts and Craft store. The items used were two different jewelry plier tools, 5 jump rings, 2 pieces of the fake gold chain, and latch to close necklace.
The hardest part of this process was removing the unnecessary gold materials from the actual gold name plate. It took a lot of bending and cutting to get majority of it off. The rest of the process was a piece of cake after that.
I LOVE the way it turned out and it is officially a favorite of mine. The only downside is that the name plate is real gold and the rest of the necklace is not. I had to paint the non-gold pieces with nail polish to prevent it from turning my neck green and the non-gold pieces are turning and rusting already. I plan on buying real gold pieces in the future. In the meantime, I will just keep replacing the chains, jump ring, and latch.
|Looked perfect with this outfit :-)|
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