Sunday, March 13, 2011

From Junk to Jewelry

I had jewelry in mind when I found these little beauties at an antique show last month.  I'm using the keys in other projects, so I concentrated on the doorknob rosettes.  I gave them all a good scrubbing and attacked them with several coats of matte acrylic sealer.

I think they look much happier all decked out in beads and rhinestones.

I used an old watch face in the center of this one and surrounded it with some rhinestones from an old necklace.  You can see the no. 7035 stamped on the front. 

I went through every piece of old jewelry I had trying to figure out what to put in the center (where the doorknob used to go).  Nothing looked right until I tried the typewriter keys; they were a perfect fit.

What the heck are these? 
I don't remember where or when I bought these handle thingies.  They were victims of my "buy and stash" habit and ended up in that dark corner of a garage cabinet.  I'm working on a better system to keep all these little things in sight until I figure out what to do with them.  I am, really I am.
After removing the handles, I added the round black piece that was left over from a camera repurposing project.  I surrounded it with rhinestones and then topped it off with an old button.  The pin on the back has a bail attached so it can also be worn as a necklace.

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