Thursday, April 29, 2010

Quick choker re-do

Lately I've been looking for vintage chains at the thrift store. You would think they'd be easy to find, but you actually don't see them that often, so when I saw this three chain piece I snatched it up.

thrift store choker
{thrift store choker}

Sadly, my sense of scale failed me completely here. I got this out of the store before I realized that it is a choker. A serious choker, as in, I put it on as a joke and then started to have a mild panic attack when I realized it was inhibiting my breathing and I couldn't get it off quickly enough because man, that clasp is sturdy. Thrifting life is exciting, you guys. Full of drama and adventure.

I let it sit around my house for several months, which is sad because 10 minutes + a couple feet of silk ribbon remedied the problem nicely. I don't have a picture of me wearing it because it is truly difficult to take a picture of your own torso if you are too lazy to get out the camera tripod.

finished
{finished}

DIY details: I just made a long braid out of the ribbon and then tucked each end through the clasp ends of the choker, folded them over and secured them with a few stitches (you could use hot glue if you're sewing averse, or simply knot it if your ribbon isn't too thick). I ended up cutting the braid in the middle, holding the entire thing around my neck and then tying it back together so it was the perfect length for me.

16 comments:

  1. great idea! love it!!

    p.s. I have vintage glam necklace giveaway I think you might like! www.wild-and-precious.com

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  2. i love this! i've never seen a sweeter choker. such a brilliant idea. you always make the most of thrifting, rachel.

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  3. great re-work. i cannot do chokers - they drive me insane.

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  4. see? this is why i read your blog. becuase i'm just not smart enough to think of these things!

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  5. uh-dorable. and a seriously, seriously brilliant solution to chokerdom. now it's got a stevie nicks leather-and-lace thing going on and i DIG it.

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  6. so freaking cute! way to go! i have a box of old/broken jewelry that I need to play with. I need to get some materials, set up shop on a blanket in the backyard and have a play day. Very inspiring :)

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  7. You're so creative it kills me. I wish it were contagious.

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  8. You turned it into something very cute and creative. Amazing! :)

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  9. sweet.


    I don't mean "sweet," I mean, you know, SU-WEET.

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  10. Rachel...it is amazing!! Have a great weekend.

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  11. Oh I am in love with that!! Have a great weekend!

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