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

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