Saturday, June 4, 2011

I'm Loving These Colors

What is it about blue, teal, turquoise, and aqua?  I'm crazy about these colors and they're all over the place in the jewelry I make and sell.  These are a few of the pieces I recently finished....

The inspiration for this vintage button charm bracelet came from three blue and gold round metal buttons.  Their painted design reminded me of a starfish.

I made this necklace from a vintage earring with turquoise and clear rhinestones, beads from a broken rosary, a strand from a broken faux pearl necklace, and a couple of antiqued silver connectors. 

An old clip on earring in yummy shades of blue is the focal point for this adjustable bracelet.  I layered two antiqued silver filigrees for the base.

I had just enough turquoise glitter left over to fill one more vintage perfume bottle.  I wire wrapped the neck and formed a bail above the top.  An antiqued silver goddess was just the right size for the front. Never again will I empty the contents of an old perfume bottle down the sink.  Never again will I rinse out another old perfume bottle without wearing gloves.  The smell odor lingered all day no matter how hard I tried to get rid of it.

OK, this doesn't fall into the same color category, but I thought I'd throw it in anyway.  The base is part of an old drawer handle I bought a few weeks ago.  I layered it with a mother or pearl button and topped it off with a vintage clip on earring.  I took an old necklace apart and used the pearls to make a new chain.

I think I'll just sell the four handles on top because they have fixed bolts.  The other flat one is still waiting to be transformed.

Switching gears for a minute.....

I had a successful day at the Pleasanton Antique Fair last Sunday.  The weather was perfect and the street was packed with shoppers.  I was by myself most of the day, so I never had a chance to walk around or take pictures.  I like getting out to visit, but being too busy with sales is a real good thing!  The button charm bracelet, turquoise glitter necklace, and the necklace with the drawer handle base all sold.  That's the idea, right?

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  1. Beautiful pieces and the colors look so nice together. I had the same experience with an old perfume bottle so I know what you are talking about!
    Have a great time at the R&R!

  2. Oh, Betsy, I LOVE that first necklace, just BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    Thank you for the tip about the old perfume bottles! I will keep that in mind!

    It is RAINING here! I don't know if I should venture out to garage sales . . . I did go to the porch sale yesterday though and came home with a few things!!


  3. Love them all! Glad you had a successful day at the fair. Yes - I remember emptying a perfume bottle one time - oh my ! Enjoy your R&R and hope you find lots of treasures to create with.

  4. You really have a way with vintage "pieces & parts"!

  5. Beautiful creations!!! I love the necklace made from the rosaries and's lovely!!!

  6. You are truly an artist. I love all of your jewelry designs. Beautiful.

  7. Every single piece is beautiful! I love both bracelets, and the necklace made from the drawer-handle components is stunning! Glad your show was a success! Have a great weekend!

  8. I love those colors tranquil! Your jewelry is amazing.

  9. Oh WOW! These are so beautiful! Good tip on the liquid contents of an old bottle... ;)


  10. Hello Betsy! You just don't know how much I loved this post. I love everything that comes in color blue. :) From clothes to accessories, I love them. I enjoyed looking at the pics. If only I could touch them!

  11. The drawer handles are such a find! I wish you could remove the stems and make four more jewels. Another post full of loveliness! Not a surprise you sold these beauties.

  12. Just found your blog and have become a new follower. I do not have a blog but have read your older posts and love all the pictures. Your jewelry is just wonderful, especially with the tiny bottles. I look forward to seeing more!
    Enjoy your R & R,

  13. Hi Betsy - I just love them all. Totally smitten with that last piece, it's very special. You're so imaginatively inspired! ~diane

  14. You have a great way of finding beauty in the unexpected. I love the way you repurpose old salvage! Keep up the great work! :) Robyn

  15. Your jewelry pieces are gorgeous! I love the same colors that you do.

    Thanks so much for visiting & commenting on our site today :O)

    Have a great week.


  16. Betsy, your creations are just beautiful! I can see why they sold so quickly!

  17. Hi Betsy,

    I just realized today you have an online shop!

    Oh my, I have some looking to do.

    I love what you do and now it is online for us to have a chance to own your talent.




  18. Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog, Betsy!! =] I couldn't help but laugh when I read the thermostat story, because it sounds exactly like something I would do!! In fact, I did something similar just this morning; this guy pulled over at a dumpster as I was driving through my husband's parking lot. When I saw that he was about to throw away some sturdy cardboard boxes that were the perfect size for some of the things in my etsy shop, I rolled down the window and yelled, "WAIT!! Can I have those?" lol. (I know, I'm shameless) The look on his face was priceless. O_o And I scored some free cardboard boxes that will be put to good use!! So you're right, Betsy: it's all good. ^_^

  19. Wonderful pieces. My favorite is the repurposed bottle.

    Our local hardware store sells "Stainless Steel Soap." It is the size and shape of a flattened egg, and all steel. You use it as a bar of soap, running your hands under water with it.
    There was a rebate so I got it free, usually it runs $5, but it never wears out and seems to remove odors quite well. They can not keep them in stock.

  20. Betsy - Your jewelry is always so pretty! I love the re-purposed pieces - so clever. Fabulous job! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I am a little behind commenting - but I have featured this Monday. Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  21. Wow your creations are so beautiful! You're inspiring me to make some jewelry!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment. I am your newest follower :)

  22. Oh, yes! Some of that old perfume can be......stout........

    LOVE the charm bracelet!!! Perfect colors and old buttons are just plain perfect no matter what you use them for!

    Especially like the necklace with the rosary parts.........

    Carry on!

  23. I could look at your lovely creations all day, Betsy! They really are beautiful and inspire me to get going with my own endeavors. I'm so glad you had a good show. But I bet selling off all those fabulous creations is sometimes a bitter-sweet thing. ;)

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage


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