Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Recycled Tribal Necklace



I love the tribal trend in fashion and accessories- it is colorful, interesting, whimsical and bohemian. In my daily work I have pulled lots of tribal inspiration into my fabric and surface design and today when I made my "weekly dig" through our recycling bin, I all of a sudden thought of yet one more way to use recycled cardboard rolls- to create a chunky tribal necklace!


Start by painting a cardboard roll with bright colorful paint- experiment with different sizes of cardboard rolls.


Once it is dry, cut into sections.


Paint each section with colorful, tribal inspired designs.


Once you are satisfied with the painted designs, use several layers of gel medium (in either a matte or gloss) and let dry.


Use a braided ribbon, a piece of twine or even a chain and string to string your cardboard beads.







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