Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Little Bits of Treasures

When I'm out treasure hunting at antique shows, yards sales, and flea markets, I often times find myself thinking outside my own "focus list."  I've been keeping a list in my overloaded brain for special treasures friends and family are looking for, and it's so much fun when I find something someone else can enjoy.  I'm always amazed with the sharing and generosity between blogging friends and how we keep each other in mind when we come across something special.

I was thrilled when Sherry from Back 2 Vintage asked me if I was interested in some
 broken watches and bracelets to use in my jewelry creations.  Heck yeah!!

These are a few of the pieces I came up with so far when I incorporated Sherry's bits
 and pieces with parts from my own stash.  
One of the gears was combined with a filigree and pocket watch face to create this brooch .  There's a bail attached to the pin so it can also be worn as a necklace. 

Gears, faces, filigrees, birds, and crystals.

A magnet was added to the back of this one.

The gear from the watch with a band combined with an identical gear from my stash.  I attached them to decorative filigrees and added little Swarovski crystals for some extra sparkle. 

I removed the glass and watch gears, then glued a hand painted porcelain button and antiqued brass filigree directly to the watch case.  The large shank on the button fits inside the watch case.  This one reminds me of a wrist corsage. 

I was equally excited when Denise from Pink Postcard asked me if I was interested in
a broken watch she had.
 I FINALLY figured out what to do with this gorgeous watch face Denise sent me ages
ago.  I was on a roll with the other watch parts while in the middle of a silverware stamping marathon when inspiration hit.  A perfect combination and a keeper!

Thank you Denise and Sherry!!!

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38 comments:

  1. Beautiful pieces! I was amazed to see the link bracelet with the names, I have one just like it that was my Great Great Grandmothers!

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  2. How sweet is that? You're one lucky lady. I actually think of you all the time when I'm out flea marketing and junkin'! Should get your number and text you with pics lol! These pieces are gorgeous, I really love what you've done with the watch faces and the watch from Denise, WOW!

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  3. You make the most gorgeous jewelry out of bits and bobs! Love that blogging friends are thinking of you when they shop! Hugs, Linda

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  4. I always love to see what you're cooking up! These are great...there's just something about old watches and parts that makes them irresistible.

    Wanted to tell you, too, that I love the child's desk you showed a couple of posts ago! Love how you finished the top, Clever Girl!!

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  5. And they were gifted to the right person - one that would put them to good use.
    Pretty creations

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  6. You have the knack of taking found objects and making them into beautiful jewelry! I love Steampunk jewelry! Hugs!

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  7. Just beautiful!!!! Love the watch that Denise sent you. I have very similiar to that only it has some blue in it :) I used it in a necklace I made for myself :)

    Have you relaxed from Sunday? It was so nice to see you! I know you emailed me. Haven't gotten around to replying. Richard and I took a long drive yesterday up in the foothills!

    xoxo

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  8. What wonderful things you did with your friends' gifties, Betsy - OMgeee, they are all wonderful! But that last one is simply a stunner.

    You should prob. check to make sure those aren't real diamonds before you sell it as costume jewelry - it looks exactly like my great grandmother's diamond and white gold watch, which I am so happy to have inherited.

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  9. Beautiful pieces Betsy!I love that watch ....and those watch faces!
    xx
    Anne

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  10. I like the steam punk look. I'm really impressed with how you took such masculine items and made them look so feminine.

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  11. Ohh when I seen those watches I got a excited!! Lovely things you made with them!! :) I've been on the look out for a couple myself, for jewelry making :) Have a great day! xo Holly

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  12. These are beautiful! How creative you are.

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  13. Love the pieces that you made...so pretty!!
    ~Cindy

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  14. Gorgeous! No one does it like you do, Betsy!

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  15. You are going to think I am the least creative commenter in blogland. I think I say about the same thing every time.

    You are so creative and come up with the best ideas to repurpose things.

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  16. Such wonderful creations! I love what did with all those treasures!

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  17. I have a treasured brooch a friend made me years ago from broken bits and pieces from my grandmother's jewelry box. Yours will be heirlooms someday.

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  18. Incredible Betsy; your jewelry is so wonderful. I just adore your style (love that you display the BACK of the watches too!)

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  19. Nice, I especially like the necklace made from your friend Denise's watch face.
    Susanne.

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  20. Gorgeous creations. I love anything made with old watch parts, and I'm not sure why, but they fascinate me.

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  21. How nice of them to think of you, Betsy...and your creation are SO, so pretty!!

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  22. Amazing creations, Betsy! They must be so thrilled to see their donations used in such a beautiful way! xo

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  23. These are so clever! I love the way you use the gears, these are amazing!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  24. Triple WOW! Those old watches are gorgeous once again!!! I'm so glad you were able to use so many parts of the watches...even that old watch band!!! You're amazing!!!!

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  25. I have always admired your work, very clever. Thanks for sharing. Kathy

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  26. Very sweet of them to send those along, and of course your creativity with it all inspires us! I never tire of the stamping on the silverware either!
    Liz

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  27. I love the combination of the stamped piece with the vintage watch! So cute!
    Susan

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  28. yay!!! it turned out beautiful! :) I've had stuff forever and known that I wanted to do something with it "someday" and then you finally find that perfect project. You always do such creative fun stuff, Betsy.

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  29. I love everything you do, but especially your jewelry!

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  30. Oh my goodness! I would have never thought to do something like this with old jewelry! SO creative! Love it! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  31. I don't know how I missed this post but life does get busy. These bits and pieces have married wonderfully and now have new adventures to enjoy. Lovely dear...

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  32. Oh I missed this...How do you think of these designs...Truly a gift, so unique!! I hate to bug you, but what do you use to glue those heavy pieces together...Does E 6000 work?

    Carol

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  33. love them all Betsy, but the last one is my favorite. I was thinking of you earlier this week. I cleaned out my garage and came across an old singer sewing machine. Wishing someone I knew would want it. Then I looked online, and it seems to be selling on Etsy for $200! That's crazy!

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  34. love them all, and how much fun you are having!

    first creative piece, and last one, my faves.

    be blessed
    barb

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