Monday, July 23, 2012

Vintage Hardware Necklaces

It felt so good to finally get back into a creative mode last week.  After being away for over two weeks, I had to spend the first few days at home just trying to figure out where I left off.  I completed a few projects that were half finished just before I left, and then decided to start with some of the treasures I found while I was away.

I got out my stash of vintage watch faces, bits and pieces of old jewelry, and then some of the hardware I found at the salvage yard in Medford.

I started with a few of these keyholes and the doorknob plate.  The others are still anxiously awaiting their turn.

Love this disco ball that was part of a clip-on earring.  The rhinestones surrounding the doorknob hole are from a once loved bracelet.

I thought it would be fun to be able to customize this necklace, so the &/7 typewriter key isn't permanently glued in.

I glued an old watch face to the back of the key hole, then added a tiny rhinestone in the center.  So simple.

Fly away.  The colored rhinestone pieces came from another salvaged necklace and the sweet bird is an antiqued reproduction.

Who says you can't mix metals?

Another watch face glued to the back of a keyhole.  I think the scratches add to the charm and keep it from looking too new.  A faux pearl, a glass bead in a little cage, and a rhinestone button for the finishing touches.

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