Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Handmade Necklaces

Have you noticed all the broken, ugly, or not-quite-right jewelry at thrift stores and garage sales?  All you need are a couple tools, jewelry findings or wire (relatively inexpensive), and your own creativity to make unique jewelry.  

I try to buy used/thrifted whenever possible.  It's cheaper and it's better for the environment.  Plus, I love the treasure hunt!

I have been making my own jewelry out of thrifted pieces.  I turn old necklaces into bracelets, earrings into pendants, cut beaded necklaces apart to use the beads in rings, rip apart belts to use as bracelets.  I've been having a great time - and I'm selling some of my creations in my etsy shop.  Here are a few of the things I've just listed:

This pendant necklace is one of the many pieces of jewelry I've made with vintage buttons and wire.  I've made rings, bracelets, and necklaces.  I got this button from my sweet grandmother.  Update:  I decided to keep this one for myself!  I had this white shirt I never really liked wearing.  Adding this pendant to the outfit made the shirt work for me!

These three necklaces are all made with the beads from the same ugly necklace I bought at a garage sale.  The beads look like that chalky/chewy candy grandmas always have in their houses.  The original necklace was on a string that was totally stretched out.  It was unwearable.  I removed all the beads and turned them into a number of creations.


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