Thursday, October 18, 2012

A New Look for Some Old Trinkets

I'm finally finished with all my big antique shows for the year.  I sure do enjoy it, but I'm happy to have those early morning set-ups and fifteen hour days behind me until next spring.  Now I'll be concentrating on replenishing my jewelry inventory and working on smaller repurposing projects for several artisan shows coming up.  I just ordered a load of jewelry supplies online, so until they arrive it's time to get busy with some other projects.

This rusty and tarnished tray has been in line for a makeover, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it.  It's really too big for a necklace, but I still wanted to pretty it up in some way.  I grabbed a piece of lace, a beaded chain from an old necklace, a metal tassel, and a pretty silver brooch with a broken pin.

A 1.8mm punch tool was used to make two holes at the top and one at the bottom.  I covered the bottom of the tray with some Tacky glue and pressed the lace in place.  

Three decorative jump rings were used to attach the tassel and the chain.

The vintage clip-on earring was an afterthought.  I added a few links of chain between the beads to accommodate the earring so there's room for it to fit between the beads. The hole in back of the earring allows it to be hung from a small nail in the wall or anywhere else.

I used some #0000 steel wool to gently go over the edge to bring out the detail in the pattern.

Next in line....another vintage hairbrush and mirror makeover using the same technique.

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