Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Repurposed Jewelry

I wanted to share some of the jewelry I created from a few of my recent estate sale, salvage yard, and flea market bargains.  Just about anything can be transformed.....

I love using bits and pieces from old broken rosaries.
The necklace in the middle is a tin type photo surrounded by
a brass frame that I think might have been part of a buckle.

I love the light green paint on this key escutcheon.
The sterling silver salt shaker can be opened up to store little treasures.

Antique brass steel cut button earrings

Old snaps and shoe buttons make cute little earrings.

I like the look of antique gold and silver together.
The little pearls are from a rosary (same as in the necklace below)
 and the center rhinestones are from a broken necklace.

The necklace on top is also a mixture of gold and silver.  I used a rosary for the chain, vintage earrings on the sides, and the center is from a mother of pearl and rhinestone pin.  The silver filigree surrounding it is reproduction.
The pendant on the black and silver necklace is made from an old coat button and
a rhinestone earring.  The antiqued silver piece surrounding it was rescued from
another piece of jewelry

I was able to make several bracelets and necklaces
from these adorable little hinges

This week I'm linking up with the talented and creative people at
Finding Fabulous - Frugalicious Friday
Sachiko's - Tea Rose Home
The T-Shirt Diaries - Upcycled Awesome


  1. I love playing with old jewelry! Keep up the great upcycling.

  2. I don't wear any jewelry (except hoop earrings) however I like to look a pretty things.
    I really think the snaps and hinges are very creative and cute.
    ps thanks for visiting my blog and the kind words on my post about my rustic fence/shelf.

  3. Hi Betsy -
    WOW! I LOVE these pieces....the hinged bracelet is beautiful! I have some vintage pieces I acquired from my grandma and from yard sales that I would love to repurpose. You have truly inspired me to do something with them.
    Simply Gorgeous!
    Toni ♥

  4. Hi Betsy-
    Love your jewelry pieces. You are doing a great job on your blog. I see you will be at the Lodi Street Fair in Oct. I love that fair.
    I try to go to it every year. Also Lodi has some awesome shops. I will look for you this year.

  5. I love all the jewelry! They are beautiful! I especially love the snaps in the earrings! You have a great talent!

  6. I love how you piece together different items and they work soo well together. I love the gold and silver earrings with the pearls

  7. Love your jewelry, I do rejuvenated vintage as well. So jealous of all the salvage outlets near you. All they have here in Austin is a Habitat store that has begun to think they are Lowes with their pricing.
    I'm becoming a follower, I'd love it if you followed me as well.

  8. Heck yeah! These are amazing, love every single piece. I'm a first timer on your blog, but going strong onto follower! :)

  9. What a beautiful eye you have! Just gorgeous!

  10. Each piece is gorgeous! Very creative!

  11. Oh my goodness these are spectactular! I love how you re-purposed and reinvented these.

  12. Finally a use for old snappers! You are so creative, I just discovered you on a Coastal Charm Linky Party, I added myself as a follower, stop by and see me too!

  13. You are so very talented! I love the hinge bracelet. I'm so following you now. Can't wait to see what you do next :)

  14. Beautiful pieces- I adore that little salt shaker necklace!

  15. All stunning!!! love how you have used press studs on your earrings, what a novel idea x

  16. Your mind must have an endless array of creative ideas floating around in it! I'm always so impressed with what you come up with, Betsy.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  17. Inspiring! I am especially in love (rather madly in love) with the sewing machine necklace you made from the tension panel of that old White machine from the garage sale.

  18. Lovely work! Makes me want to get my old jewelry bits out of the box and make something new.

  19. I think your pieces of jewelry reveal how very creative you are and that you have an eye for what works and is pretty. Please visit my web to see how I recycle sea glass at

  20. OMG your creations are gorgeous! I make DIY jewelry myself, but nothing like these pieces of artwork. Thanks for sharing and inspiring! :)


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