Friday, August 22, 2014

Salt & Pepper Shaker Necklaces

Remember the plate of salt and pepper shakers I shared last week?  This is what they look
like now.....

sterling silver salt pepper shakers
All dressed up and ready to be loved again.

vintage sterling silver salt and pepper shakers
A few weeks ago my sister-in-law gave me these tiny salt and pepper shakers that belonged to her parents.  No one in the family was interested in them, so she offered them to me knowing I'd be able to do something with them.  It was impossible to remove all the dents and tarnish, but I think it just adds to their character.

salt and pepper shaker necklaces
Decorated pearls and glass beads hang from the wrapped loops on the bottom. 

repurposed jewelry from salt and pepper shakers
The tops had to be well dressed too, so I added some bling and beads.

salt and pepper shaker necklaces
I added decorative flower connectors to these two.  The one on the right had a lid that I thought was smashed beyond repair, but I didn't give up on it and eventually got it to screw back on.  It must have been through a few wild dinner parties.

repurposed salt and pepper shakers
I mixed and matched different chains and clasps. 

how to make a necklace from a salt shaker
Seven of the shakers are marked sterling.

sterling salt shaker necklace tutorial
One is marked S. Pewter S.C.

tutorial on how to make a sterling salt shaker necklace
I added a small bead cap between the shaker top and bottom to prevent the head pin from pulling through the hole in the soft silver.  I had good intentions of doing this as a full tutorial, but these things were so difficult to photograph.  I finally had to give up on that idea if I ever wanted to finish them.

jewelry made from sterling salt shakers
Hmm, I'm thinking they'd also make mighty fine Christmas tree ornaments or lamp pulls.

vintage sterling salt and pepper shaker necklaces
I told my sister-in-law that I wanted her to have one for herself and for each of her two daughters.  They chose #2, #6, and #7, then I chose #8 with its rescued lid.  I know they'll be worn with love and fond memories of where they came from.

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49 comments:

  1. Betsy, once again you take something simple and turn it into something stunning! These are so sweet! Great vision as always.
    hugs,
    Linda

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  2. Love these! Did you add the beads to the bottom like you did with the top?

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  3. Betsy, you are so clever. These are fabulous and I love them!

    Hugs, Dianne

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  4. These are darling! I saw a crystal salt and pepper shaker necklace but the silver are even cuter!

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  5. Love them all!!! You really did good!

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  6. Very sweet necklaces using precious little shakers. Very Creative Bliss...

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  7. Ooh! I love these more than the crystal ones I made once upon a time - because having the bottom dangle adds so much! And the tarnished silver is just da bomb.

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  8. Betsy,
    These are sooooo cute...love the idea you had.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  9. You could put potpourri in them and hang them from a dresser drawer or cabinet handle.

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  10. These are simply stunning! I would love to know how you attached the dangle on the bottom. It seems like a tricky spot to work in because the shakers look small. Just really gorgeous! Bet these will be snapped up fast when you sell them!

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  11. You have knocked it out of the ballpark again with this rescue. They are stunning!

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  12. I love them, Betsy. They are super adorable and should be published.
    Have a great weekend!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  13. I love these! So pretty, what a great idea. Your SIL really knows you! I think I might have saved a pair or two for the table as well:)
    xo Kathleen

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  14. They are all so pretty...love them!!
    ~Cindy

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  15. This has to be one of my favorites of yours! I love little shakers so this really caught my eye. Are these for sale?

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  16. These are so pretty...love the way you take simple vintage pieces and change them into one of a kind chic and classy pieces :)Thanks for sharing with us~hugs, Poppy

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  17. Oh wow Betsy! These are stunning! I love your creativity, just amazing and your right they would look fabulous as lamp pulls or ornaments as well as necklaces. Love them!!!

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  18. You are incredible Betsy!! I would never have guessed they would turn out so stunningly gorgeous!! Ingenious!
    *hugs*deb

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  19. You did a beautiful job!!!! Just fabulous!!

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  20. Betsy, I love my silver handle necklace and these are spectacular! What a wonderful idea! The salt and pepper necklaces are fabulous!

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  21. So cute!!! Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  22. These are just the cutest ever Betsy!!! They turned out so very lovely! And how special for a few to stay in the family!! :) Have a great weekend! xo Holly

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  23. These are the cutest things I have ever seen.
    Seriously I love them!!
    just too too cute!!

    wonderful idea.

    blessings
    barb

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  24. Oh.My.Vintage Goodness! Love these! So charming & clever!

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  25. Betsy,
    I've had so many of these and knew that there had to be something marvelous that could be done with them. You just proved it. You did a stunning job with the design and use of findings.
    Ginene

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  26. I hope you're going to sell them in your Etsy shop. Is There any way a follower can buy one?

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  27. Besty, love these! You're always so clever :)
    Susan

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  28. Great job, Betsy! I love that little touch of blue on the #2 necklace and understand why your SIL/daughters chose it as one of theirs. You'll probably be shopping for more of those little shakers now!

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  29. I just love those and I think I have a little shaker someplace
    Wish I had the know how to make myself one they are adorable , love them so much

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  30. Once again you see the beauty beneath the tarnish! You would never know they were once salt and pepper shakers! I love the idea of using them as lamp pulls. How nice that you offered them back all fixed up and pretty. xo Karen

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  31. Those are absolutely gorgeous!! I'd love one of those! They remind me of my grandmother who had them on her table. I received lots of lovely things from her, including silver pieces, but not these.
    Now I've got to go searching!!

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  32. There are so many words swirling in my head that I can't even figure out how to comment. So I'll just say one: GENIUS.

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  33. You gave them new life! And how sweet to share them and know they will be worn and enjoyed. I've never seen any so tiny. Now I'll be looking! You are SO talented my friend! Sweet hugs!

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  34. These are just so neat! I think they would make great ceiling fan pulls too!

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  35. I remember the shakers from your earlier post. These are just FABULOUS! A huge hit! Gorgeous workmanship, too!

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  36. LOVE!! Any going into your shop, Betsy? These are just beautiful!

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  37. Wow! I found you through your feature on My Repurposed Life. I have several of these from my MIL's family. They've been sitting in a box, but I now know what to do with them.

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  38. These are adorable, I knew you come up with something clever and cool!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  39. I love these! Are you listing them? I want one as a long necklace!!

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  40. Thanks so much! The ones I listed already sold out, the others went to my sister-in-law for her daughters. Need to hunt for more now:-)

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  41. So wonderful. I know your sister-in-law and nieces will cherish them. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

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  42. WOW! I love them and always wish I was part of your family. But then....which one would I choose? It would be hard to pick a favorite! Enjoy your weekend. Hugs, Diane

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  43. These are so cute. Do you them for sale? I'm very interested.

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