Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Jewelry From Some Old Sources

Last week I posted about this vintage Beacon camera I found in an antique store.  The poor thing was sitting in the window on a clearance shelf along with several other items.  How could I pass it up?  The glass lens on top was broken out, but I had other plans.....

Now it's a brooch.  The old Beacon was easier to take apart than I thought it would be.  I was concerned that I'd bend the metal parts while trying to pry them off.  I guess I must be getting better at dismantling these gadgets.  I added a vintage rhinestone button in the center for a little sparkle.  The pin on the back has a bail attached, so it can also be worn as a necklace.

I didn't realize that this other little metal piece wasn't in the before picture.  It came off the side where the camera would open and close.  I thought the bracelet needed a pop of color, so I punched out the plastic red windows from the back of the camera and added them to the filigrees.  The chain and clasp came from another old bracelet.

OK, this one requires an explanation.  Last month when we had our furnace and air conditioner replaced, I was eyeing some of the little parts while the installers were pulling out the old furnace.  I decided to pass on the colored wires, and everything else looked like more than I wanted to deal with.  When it was time for the thermostat to be trashed, I had to grab it.  Yes, I got a strange look when I told the guy what I wanted to do.

After removing the very sticky glue from the back, I was able to salvage the dial and make this brooch.  I layered it with a filigree, an old watch face, and then topped it off with a black glass and rhinestone vintage earring. 

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