May 16, 2012
Turn a Pendant into a DIY Key Chain
I found this vintage Sarah Coventry necklace at a yard sale for $1.00. I loved the shape of the pendant but the gold tone was wearing off. It was hard to capture in photos, but it looked really worn out, in the way only cheap jewellery can. Not pretty.
I wanted to try Rub 'n Buff but it was hard to come by in Ottawa, and I also worried about it continuing to rub and buff off onto surfaces (anyone have experience with this material?), so I thought I'd try some leftover spray paint instead. As a bonus, I had dribs and drabs of various paints so this makeover was cheap-cheap-cheap.
I used Krylon indoor/outdoor paint in gloss blue ocean breeze (leftover from my play kitchen accessories and bow box) and painted the whole surface. But that looked a little plain, so I taped off half-ish with painter's tape (after waiting for the turquoise paint to cure for 24 hours):
Then I sprayed the un-taped section in Krylon's Brushed Metallic Satin Nickel (leftover from a yet-to-be-revealed project). I'm loving this paint because it is a really warm, elegant silver.
After patiently waiting for my project to dry, I had a chic new key chain! I could have kept it a necklace, but I just know I have too much costume jewellery to wear this. It will see the light of day more as a key chain. It seems pretty durable (without priming or sealing) but you can always add those extra steps for more durability.
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