Saturday 9 March 2013

Beads of a Bird: How to DIY a Shourouk Phoenix Necklace

The Pick Your DIY challenge order was of a phoenix!

You will need

2 box chain necklaces

1 A4 sheet of fine sculpting mesh

Car body filler (If you're nervous about using it, strong, carpentry-standard contact adhesive will do but it requires much more patience)

All-purpose scissors

Palette knife

Long-nosed pliers

Thin silver wire

84 diamantés or crystal beads (if you're using the latter, you'll also need some silver foil)

Nail polish in the following colours:


Quite easy

Believe it or not there are only 2 parts of the process that prevent this tutorial from earning an "easy" or even "very easy" certificate (or whatever means by which you classify tutorial difficulty). Those were using the wire to join some of the chains and applying the body filler and gems near the end in a neat, non-messy way. Confused? Fear not, all will be revealed.


About 2 and a half hours.

No, seriously, I was pleasantly surprised at how little time it took to construct the necklace. Embellishing it was a slightly slower process but it's all still comfortably doable within an evening's time frame.

Fly on the wings of DIY...

This video shows how (yes, figuratively smart-arse!):

That masterpiece again...


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  2. Alex Matter Of Style15 March 2013 at 05:15

    i like it a lot, very impressive! :D

  3. Thanks so much :) Yours was amazing, too, especially the pompoms!

  4. why not make the video in better light? at some points i can hardly even see what you are doing... -.-

  5. Fair. It crossed my mind when I was editing it. During the week when I had to make it, I was forced to travel because of work commitments, so I had to film parts of the tutorial in a hotel room, where the lighting arrangements were poor. It was really frustrating to have to make do but I see your point.