Designer DIY: Lulu Frost Part 2

 photo IMG_5632.jpgJust a few of the gorgeous necklaces from Lulu Frost’s 100 Year Collection.

For part two of my DIY with Lisa Salzer (Lulu Frost) we decided we’d take the remaining items (two vintage keys, a vintage fur clip, and a pearl brooch that belonged to my grandmother) and combine them to form a beautiful statement.  I was a little bit nervous about how well everything would go together, but ultimately ended up walking with a piece that I’m positively obsessed with.

 photo IMG_5718.jpgThe final product!

 photo IMG_5643.jpgA reminder of what we were working with…

Now, before we dive into the project, Lisa and I came up with a fun little reader challenge!  As you know from Tuesday’s post… Lulu Frost will take your family heirlooms (or thrifted finds that you don’t really wear) and recreate them into something special and perfect for modern day (think of the above necklaces… the 100 year collection came from bits + pieces from 1860-1960.)  If you decide to take her up on this offer, snap a pick of you wearing the new design… I’ll feature it right here on the blog!

 photo IMG_5656.jpgYet another crazy cool inspiration board!

 photo IMG_5684.jpgWe started out by paying another trip to Lisa’s wall of chain to select some chains that would nicely complement my pieces.

 photo IMG_5686.jpgFrom there, we snipped off pieces of chain and decided where we’d put the pendants.

 photo IMG_5689.jpgLisa immediately got to cleaning up each pendant with the file and then attaching them to the chains with a jump ring.

 photo IMG_5690.jpgThe file is critical here… she was meticulous… I didn’t think about what could catch on a sweater, etc.

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 photo IMG_5692.jpgFor the large “fur clip” she filed off the back part, drilled two holes in the top, and attached chains.

 photo IMG_5693.jpgFrom there, we added a jump ring and connected a larger piece of chain.

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 photo IMG_5698.jpgNext, Lisa used jump rings to connect 1/2 of the crystal necklace (with the blue pendant) to the chain + pendant.)

 photo IMG_5700.jpgAfter that, she used more jump rings to connect the pearl pin and then more chain.  And then, slowly, using more jump rings, she connected the keys to the chain.

 photo IMG_5705.jpgWe added a clasp…

 photo IMG_5707.jpgAnd then a signature Lulu Frost ball…

 photo IMG_5709.jpgAnd then voila… done!

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photos of Lisa and I by Lexi Cross

Leave a Comment


  1. Rachelle says 3.15.13

    Lisa’s studio is my dream, seeing all these jewelry supplies get me so excited.


  2. Jess says 3.15.13

    Wow, I love how the necklace turned out! It must have been a really awesome experience working with Lulu Frost (Lisa), and I adore the idea of repurposing some important items into a stylish piece.

    I don’t know if you already have a post on this (or have any interest in writing one) but I think an introductory “how to get started with jewelry DIYs and what you need” post would be great for any of us who are terrified of all the pliers, chain types, etc.

  3. Quinn Cooper says 3.15.13

    Wow, what a beautiful unique meaningful piece of jewelry. It must be so great to have a family heirloom from your grandma on such an awesome new piece of jewelry. I’m loving this new series.

    Quinn Cooper Style

  4. Rita says 3.15.13

    I love the final output! So fun to see the creative process – and realize how her pieces are made in general… Definitely makes them seem like they are worth the splurge!

  5. Another fab piece! I seriously want to go there and spend the day creating!!

  6. Alyssa says 3.15.13

    These are crazy cool…and I love seeing the whole design process go down. Gorgeous!

  7. ALISON says 3.15.13

    It looks beautiful! Congratulations!

  8. Wow – this is amazing – everything she touches turns into something beautiful. I so want to collect some pieces to send her! Love this new feature.

  9. FAB! Great to see the steps & whole process!

  10. Hes says 3.15.13

    These pieces are so uniquely beautiful! Thanks for letting me know about this option.

  11. Samantha says 3.15.13

    I have serious workshop envy.

  12. Lauren says 3.15.13

    ahhh so jealous! we need that chain wall for our jewelry making. that is amazing.

  13. I cannot stop staring at the finished product! What an amazing piece to cherish!

  14. i want to be you when i grow up. seriously, your adventures are so fun.
    love the necklace and can’t wait to see it in future posts!

  15. Becca says 3.15.13

    Wow! Really cool. I love what you did with the pearl pendant.

  16. Illumine says 3.15.13

    So beautiful and unique. You did a great job. It’s destined to become and heirloom!

  17. alyson says 3.15.13

    Wow, so incredible and love all of your helpful details, like the file. Your necklace is gorgeous, and amazing it’s so personal, too.

  18. Wow how fun. I love this what a gorgeous necklace.

  19. Monique says 3.15.13

    This is so so gorgeous! I may have to go through Mom’s old jewelry to find some unique pieces now!

  20. Sara says 3.15.13

    I love this necklace. As I said during part 1: so jealous! Also, I am loving that shirt. Hilarious.

  21. JennySue Makeup says 3.15.13

    that is SO FUN! and I love that you paired it with that tee shirt – gives it such a funky edge.

  22. Merrill says 3.15.13

    Seriously, that necklace is to die for. Great accent with the blue gem. The 100 Year Collection is so beautifully unique…would love to gather some old, family pieces and have them put something together!

  23. Noemi says 3.16.13

    I could go crazy in front of that wall of chains!

  24. Lauren says 3.16.13

    Wow that jewellery is amazing, I love this idea fmof refashioning!
    In love with your t shirt though, where’s it from?


  25. Akaleistar says 3.16.13

    Your necklace looks fabulous! It would be so fun to do this to some of my family heirlooms…

  26. Gaby says 3.17.13

    OMG this is like the best experience ever Grace!

  27. Susan says 3.25.13

    Gorgeous results! You two did a great job!

  28. Christina says 8.19.14

    Beautiful necklace! What a creative woman!