Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bead of My Heart Valentine's Art

Create Valentine's Art With Beads or Old Necklaces

Hi Everyone,

I have three large candle jars full of beads and old necklaces. Some of them were 
given to me by my grandma on my mom's side. When I had sleep-overs at Grandma's,  
we would sit on the edge of her bed and rummage through her jewellery box 
and if one of her necklaces was broken or she no longer used it, she gave it to me. 
I thought that was just the greatest thing ever.

Today I thought I'd show you a piece of Valentine's 
art I made using one of her necklaces. I made it yesterday afternoon.

Here are some of the things I used to make it.
My trusty glue gun, a pencil, picture frame, a mat board or thin piece of 
wood to fit the frame, iridescent gold liquid acrylic paint, gloss medium 
or Mod Podge (gloss), ruler, utility knife, and a necklace. 
Quick Tip: You can speed up this project by using a blow-dryer between paint coats.
I use high speed and medium heat, keeping my dryer about 6" from the surface.

Measure and cut your board to fit the frame, minus an eighth of an inch, so 
7 7/8" x 9 7/8" for an 8"x 10" frame. Brush a coat of Mod Podge or Soft Gel Gloss 
on the board and let it dry. Next, brush the iridescent gold all over the board in 
a random pattern, creating brush strokes in different directions so they catch the light. 

Like this:

Cut a heart template from a cereal box, to a size that will fit inside the frame, 
center it, and trace around the outside of the heart with your pencil.

Having the necklace is a huge time-saver, as opposed to loose beads. The strands 
can be removed from the spacers by bending the connectors open with pliers.

Drizzle a line of hot glue along your pencil line, 
a little at a time, and lightly press the strand into the hot glue. 

If you have to cut the strand, put a drop of hot glue where 
you will snip the string to save the beads from falling off. Once
you get all the way around the pencil line, do the same thing again 
with another strand of beads.

Here is the Valentine's art all done. 

To finish the frame, I brushed on a coat of primer, followed by two coats of pale pink 
craft paint, letting them dry in between coats. I then applied a coat of white, which I wiped with a rag before it dried. I wanted the pink to show through. I applied 
a coat of glossy varnish, avoiding he beads, to protect the finish. Everything I 
used except the paint, was free! Gotta love that!

Hope you all have a great day!



  1. What a fabulous way to use beads! I would definitely love having this on my wall!

    1. Glad you like it Ritchil! Thank you for the comment and have a great day!

  2. This is so sweet! I love that you used your grandmothers beads, that makes it even more special! Super cute Val!! Thanks for your super sweet comment on my master closet makeover, you totally made my day! Hugs!

    1. Thank you Mindi, so glad you like it! It is special, that's for sure! Have a great day!


  3. What pretty jewelry and such a great way to use it! Thank you for sharing it with us at Sewlicious Home Decor! Pinned!


    1. Thanks for the comment Marti, and for pinning my art! Hope you have an awesome day!



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