January 26, 2012

Mustache Necklace

I have been lady lusting after mustaches lately. (In the on-a-mug or as-a-finger-tattoo kind of way. Sorry boys, the 70's-porn-star-look aint my thang. But I know lot's a few girls who totally dig that! Viva la mustache!)

I have seen many variations on the mustache necklace theme, and I'm not gonna lie, I have come close to purchasing one on multiple occasions. But I decided the cheapest and most fun way to acquire such a ridiculous necklace is to make it myself! 
Challenge accepted!
Not too shabby, eh?! 
(That's me - I just realized I'm not too big on posting photos of myself. I'm camera shy.)

Check it against the Urban Outfitters version:
I love hate to toot my own horn, but I think mine is better. It's all about the placement of the holes. Write that down. 

1. Fimo Pasta maker from Michael's.
2. A small paint brush from Blick. 
3. Fimo from Michael's. 
4. Martha Stewart craft paint in black from Michael's. (Or just use black fimo, I didn't have any.)
5. A push-pin from Staple's. 
6. Gold loops from Toho Shoji. 
7. Gold lobster clasp from Toho Shoji. 
8. Gold chain from Toho Shoji.
9. Pliers from a local hardware store.
10. An X-Acto knife from a local hardware store. 
11. NOT PICTURED: Oven or toaster oven. 

Step 1:
Knead the fimo in your hand until soft. 

Step 2:
Pull the fimo through the past maker at the thickest setting. 

Step 3:
Use the X-Acto knife to cut out the mustache shape. I free-handed it, but if you are less confident with your hand, use a print-out as a guide.

Step 4:
Use the push-pin to make holes in both top corners of the 'stache.Then bake in an oven or a toaster oven for 5-10 minutes at 275 degrees. 

Step 5:
Once cooled off, paint the 'stache black. Let Dry. (If you used black fimo, skip this step.) 

Step 6:
Use the pliers to cut the gold chain in half. 

Step 7: 
Use the pliers to hook the mustache the gold chain to a gold loop. Do this on both sides of the mustache. 

Step 8:
Use the pliers to attached a gold lobster clasp and loop to the opposite end of one chain. Attach only a loop to the other. 

I'm ready for a night out in Williamsburg!

If you followed me on twitter or liked me on facebook, you would have had the pleasure of seeing this preview picture this morning. Just sayin'.

Also, I have a hunch this necklace is going to be a grand party companion. What better way to spice up a boring conversation than putting a fake mustache under your nose. Your friends will be all like "WTF are you doing, freak. Go home." And you can be all like, "You guys. It's cool. I made this!" And then everyone will think you are just the baddest chick that ever existed, despite your poor social judgement. 
I haven't experienced the social benefits of my new necklace yet, but I'm going out tonight and plan to work my mustache magic. So I will keep you posted on just how awkward I make people feel. Exciting stuff. 

Here is a fun idea:
What if I took this fimo piece of 'stache and covered it in glitter?! Did I just blow your mind? Not only would all of my friends be repelled by my annoying craft antics, but they would also run away to avoid any contact with glitter. And you know, I wouldn't blame them. But, I would be lovin' my necklace so hard - nothing else in the world would matter. 

Made it? Show me. Want it? E-me.


The Quiet Lion said...

haha i was gonna do a tutorial on this on my blog!

keanapalmtree said...


Lauren said...

This is great! I love the material you chose to use. Not just cardboard or felt like i've seen on other DIYs. Nice job!

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Alma said...

Love it! Yours is WAY better. :)

Glam Turismo said...

:) roller derby girls love those :)

Anita said...

LOL. Yes, I think the urban outfitters didn't consider the placement of the holes on the 'stache. Theirs makes me think of piercings, oddly. Bonus points for yours!

Another way to make your colorful fimo black is to burn it in the oven. I (unintentionally) learned this one first hand. :)

fluffybullet said...

Inspired by you I made my own from this glittery rubber sheet thing I found at the craft store!


It's way more glittery in person though.

Melissa Hope said...


vina said...

hey melissa, this looks great!!! i made one too, but smaller!!! followed your instruction for the placement of the holes and it is awesome this way!! check it out here if you like!


Maia Dobson said...

Your mustache necklace is so quirky but I love it because I like masculine stuffs too. I used to sell gold coins online and trade them to gold jewelries but thanks for teaching me how to make cute accessories.

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