Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Fresh Start for Some Old Jewels

I'm still here, I've just been super busy trying to put the finishing touches on the stuff I'll be hauling to my next antique show this Sunday.  There's always one more piece of jewelry to make or one more trash to treasure project to complete, but I think it's time to call it good and go with what I have.

decorated abalone shells repurposed jewelry DIY
Here's a peek of what I've been working on.  

Remember this jar of stray bits and pieces I posted about a couple of weeks ago?  I was at an antique show and dug through piles of broken jewels to fill the jar.

DIY repurposed jewelry creations silverware pendants
All of these creations have at least one component that came out of that jar.  I was pleasantly surprised when I took a closer look at what I gathered.  Some of it was in great shape and just needed a little cleaning, some of it will be going to my mom for her jeweled Christmas trees and wreaths, and the rest of the stash is still waiting in line for a makeover. 

repurposed jewelry vintage
A clip on earring became part of a bracelet, and the broken rhinestone earrings were used in a necklace and two brooches.

repurposed silverware necklaces
The sweet angel was a broken pin that just needed a chain, and the silverware necklaces were embellished with lonely rhinestone jewels from the jar.

DIY jeweled abalone shells vintage button jewelry
The large abalone shell was a perfect canvas for the white stone necklace along with some other bits I already had.  The earrings are made from vintage pink glass buttons surrounded by parts salvaged from a bracelet.  

repurposed silverware jewelry DIY vintage
These necklaces were transformed right away from the pile of tarnished silverware I found at the same antique show.  Since then I've put together at least 30 more necklaces made from silverware handles and flattened and stamped spoons.  They'll all be coming with me to the Pleasanton Antique Faire in downtown Pleasanton, Ca on Sunday.  I sure wish you could all come visit!

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32 comments:

  1. As usual, I love everything.

    In the last photo, the center heart necklace is my favorite.

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  2. These are all so pretty! I love the shell too, beautiful!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

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  3. I am FREAKING over the abalone shell! What a beautiful beautiful object! And naturally, each of your new jewels is a gem, you just have the BEST taste! For example, adding the little heart to the boring 'have a heart' piece...you transformed an ugly into a must have. I'm sure you will have one of the best returns on that ten dollar investment evah.

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  4. I sure wish I could come too!! :) Such lovely and pretty pieces you recreated!! Love the spoons and all the vintage jewelry sparkles! What a neat shell you redid too! Wishing you a lovely day Betsy!! xo Holly

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  5. I wish I could fly across the country and visit your show. All your creations are absolutely lovely. In the last photo, the second necklace from the right looks like an angel holding a bouquet of jewels. Have a great show!!!

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  6. You known I wish I could come, too! Isn't it great when you get home and go through what you got at a flea market? You really scored with that jar! So funny, your bracelet made with clip-on earrings looks just like one I saw recently on Etsy and have become obsessed with. It's on the back burner for now, but I'll be experimenting with some soon. Good luck this coming weekend! xoKathleen

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  7. Those spoon necklaces are just fabulous! Love them.

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  8. Such a wonderful assortment of new treasures! I love the "follow your hart" necklace! You put things together so beautifully!!

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  9. You have been busy and with beautiful results. You definitely did good with the jar of bling.

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  10. Wow, beautiful as always! Yay for you.

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  11. They take my breath away! I love Steampunk jewelry and the necklace with the clock face is my fav! Lovely...each and every one! Hugs!

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  12. Gorgeous as always. Good luck w/ the show ( not that you'll need it)

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  13. Betsy Dear you have Created Bliss with all these beautiful bits and pieces. Your vision of pairing pieces together is amazing. How very unique to embellish an abalone shell with bling jewels in just the proper proportion. Beautiful! Have a sell out of a sale...

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  14. These are all so pretty! I was waiting to see what you did with that jar full of pieces. Where do you find so many watch faces? I find myself looking for treasures when I am thrifting now. I love your work!

    Blessings, Vicky

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  15. I am ready to purchase so many of your pieces! You really make the vintage bits and pieces shine!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  16. Hi Betsy, You've created such fabulous jewelry pieces again. I wish you lovely weather for the show and great sales.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  17. Oh Betsy I love it all!!! Guess what I have never made one piece of jewelry in my life, but I did this week. I was having trouble finding a jewelry dealer for the show...Many vendors will have a little jewelry, but no all jewelry vendors...So I thought Ok I will make some. I had old keys, so went to your blog and copied yours....Hope that's Ok...Anyway I love them..Thank you!

    Carol

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  18. Oh...how I would love to come to one of your shows. Just love your jewelry and other goodies that you make.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  19. Beautiful!! Glad you shared the "afters" :)

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  20. Wish I could be at your show. What wonderful items you have created....love them all! I lost my mom at the age of 92 three years ago and kept all of her jewelry.....you have inspired me to become creative. Wishing you success at your show.......have fun!

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  21. I love the abalone shell with all its glitz on it
    I have 2 of those large abalone shells and just can't part with my precious rhinestone to decorate my shells LOL
    I need to just do it yours looks so pretty

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  22. Just beautiful -- all of it! Man I'd sure love to find a sale with jewelry pieces like that to sift through -- I'd probably spend my whole day there!

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  23. Your jewelry is just beautiful. You do an awesome job. I love the silverware necklaces. I'm sure you sold about everything you took. Hope so!

    Thanks for visiting 20 North Ora,

    Judy

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  24. These are all just gorgeous, Betsy! I really love your design aesthetic! I hope you have a wonderful sale!

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  25. The silverware handle necklaces are stunning and love love love what you did with the abalone shell!

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  26. Another clever post! How is it that you can come up with such neat ideas with random stuff?

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  27. Wow... just.... wow.

    You must have had a crowd just going crazy for these. So wonderfully beautiful Betsy. I knew you'd put that jar of jewels to good use!

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  28. I love that jar of beauty and you created so many gorgeous pieces! I'm sure they will fly out of your booth! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  29. I came over through a link at The Polka Dot closet and am glad I did. Your jewelry is very pretty and one of a kind.

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  30. Betsy, do you have a page that shows us how you flatten the silverware and put holes in them ? and cut the handle off ? Would love to know how to do that. Thank you !

    patty
    soriano471@sbcglobal.net

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