Don't get me wrong. I do like rhinestone necklaces.  But as they are rather blingy and may be best for evening wear.  But hack one up and make it a mixed media one, and you'll have a pretty necklace suitable even for casual wear.

The idea and tutorial on how to de-bling a rhinestone necklace comes from Grace Atwood of The Stripe.  She used rope and lashed the cut up rhinestone necklace to it.  I really like the addition of gold tone fishbone chain which makes the design pop!

Another way to tone down the bling is to paint over the rhinestones.  There are a number of tutorials out there including the use of nail polish.  This tutorial by Aimee Santos of SwellMayde uses both spray paint and marker pens.

The only issue is to be careful with the painted surfaces as they can be easily chipped off.  I wonder if a light carefully applied resin coating over the painted surface might help?

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