Upcycled Urban Necklace Created With Soda Cans and Found Objects

After being on Julianna Hudgins’ Design Team for several months, one of the most talented women in the Jewelry Industry, I knew I wanted to tackle a few jewelry projects for her blog.  I’m so intimidated by all the other talented designers on her Design Team and some of the jewelry projects they’ve created, but, I love having the opportunity to step outside my comfort zone to see what will come of it! I’m so excited to share my first jewelry project with you today – an Upcycled Urban Necklace – created with a found object, a soda can and die cut shapes from Julianna Hudgins’ Collection by Spellbinders.

Mixed Media Mens Necklace Jewelry Project with Julianna Hudgins

I wanted the project to be authentic, from a guy’s perspective, something I’d want to wear and like my other projects, have a fun, inspiration element – I like projects with a story. And recently, my new boss, the Director of Marketing at Spellbinders, slid a piece of “trash” across my desk that instantly gave this project it’s life and inspiration!

Inspiration Piece

She attended an art class one weekend that focused on various surface finishing techniques, and this was a “scrap” piece from the class that she used to refine styles and to test product.  I just loved the way this looked and thought it would be an awesome foundation piece for some “man-jewelry” that would have a really cool story to tell people whenever I wear it.

To start, since my foundation element was a found object, I wanted to build on that with some upcycled elements to keep with the urban feel.  That’s when it hit me that one of the really cool things the Spellbinders Grand Calibur and Spellbinders Dies do is cut through soda cans!  The current Sun Drop Citrus Soda Can has an awesome pattern and also had the green tones I was looking for to compliment my boss’ foundation element.  I cut out a rectangle from an empty, washed, soda can that was larger than the Jewel Stones die I wanted to use using my Westcott Titanium Non-Stick Scissors.

Preparing the Soda Can for Crafting and Die Cutting with Spellbinders Dies

Once I cut out my Jewel Stone shape and a “Respect” charm from Julianna’s new Framed Sentiments set, I ran the stone through Spellbinders Industrial M-Bossabilities™ Folder to give a cool, manly and urban feel to the shape.  Below, you’ll see how this looks with the printed side of the soda can – which is SUPER COOL!!!!  I love that the dies cut through cans like this.  However, for my project, once I had it cut, I couldn’t help but love how it looked with just the plain silver from the inside of the can.  Sometimes, things don’t work out exactly as you planned and THAT’S OKAY! I just wanted to share this with you because I think it looks cool both ways!  I lightly sanded off the paint from the can to give some distress to the finish and enhance the pattern.

Cutting Spellbinders Die Shapes Using the Grand Calibur and M-Bossabilities Embossing Folders

Next, I used a Black Sharpie Permanent Marker to color all over my silver piece.  Then, using a Cotton Swab and some Rubbing Alcohol, I pushed the ink around and removed some ink to create a cool, grunge effect – a low-cost alternative to alcohol inks.

Distressing and Antiquing Metal using a Sharpie Marker and Rubbing Alcohol

Then, I punched a hole in the top of the metal piece using a 1/8″ Hole Punch.  To create a faux, plasma-torched edge to the metal, I used a small paintbrush to apply a messy edge of Aleene’s Tacky Glue to the edge of the shape, then coated it with Zing Metallic Silver Embossing Powder.  Once the Tacky Glue Dried, I heat-set the Embossing Powder with my Heat Gun.  I LOVE this effect!  It looks like the metal has melted as it was cut with a plasma torch.

Embossing the Edges of the Metal Industrial Piece to give a faux plasma cut look

Next, for the “Respect” charm, I wanted to beef it up using Want 2 Scrap’s Chipboard Coordinates for Julianna’s Jewel Frame Die Set.  I glued the soda can cut out on the corresponding chipboard piece using Aleene’s Tacky Glue and allowed it to dry completely.

Mounting the Respect Charm Piece from Julianna Hudgins to the Want to Scrap Chipboard Cut Out Piece

Using the same technique as with the oval shape, I distressed and antiqued the “Respect” charm using a Sharpie Permanent Marker, a Cotton Swab and Rubbing Alcohol.

Antiquing and Sanding the Respect Word using Sandpaper a Sharpie and Rubbing Alcohol

Finally, I assembled the entire necklace using Brown Leather Lacing, Antique Silver Crimps, Findings and Clasps from Industrial Chic and Slim, Flat Nose Pliers from Beadalon.

Assembling the Man Industrial Urban Neckalce

Here’s a List of Supplies Used to Create this Upcycled Urban Necklace with Soda Cans and Found Objects:

Julianna Hudgins Jewel Framed Sentiments Set by Spellbinders
Julianna Hudgins Jewel Stones Die Set by Spellbinders
Spellbinders Industrial M-Bossabilities™ Folder
Want 2 Scrap’s Chipboard Coordinates
Found Object that Inspires You
Sun Drop Citrus Soda Can
Westcott Titanium Non-Stick Scissors
Black Sharpie Permanent Marker
Cotton Swab
Rubbing Alcohol
1/8″ Hole Punch
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Zing Metallic Silver Embossing Powder
Heat Gun
Brown Leather Lacing
Findings and Clasps from Industrial Chic
Slim, Flat Nose Pliers from Beadalon

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my first attempt at Jewelry Making.  It’s Saturday night, and I may have to wear this out on the town tonight.  Thanks so much Julianna for inspiring me to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.  And thanks Kirstie Rylon for giving me an inspiration piece that you created that kick-started this project!

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