Friday, July 17, 2015

Pass the Salt and Pepper Shaker Necklaces

I've been polishing, poking, wiring and decorating another batch of salt and pepper shakers.
salt and pepper shaker necklaces
 It was difficult to clean the inside of most of these, and I'm not crazy about the idea of shaking bits and pieces of gunk into my food.  Oh what fun it was to transform these tattered and tarnished old beauties!

vintage sterling salt and pepper shakers
Before.  Remember these shakers I found at the Alameda Antique Faire a couple of weeks ago?  I found the other two at an estate sale last weekend and they were almost completely black with tarnish.

repurposed salt and pepper shaker necklaces upcycled
The lids screw on and off for storing tiny treasures.  Just add a dab of E6000 glue if you need a more permanent bond.

sterling silver pepper shaker repurposed necklaces
P is for pepper.  Perfect for Princess Pearl in Paris.

repurposed sterling silver salt pepper shakers upcycled necklaces
I used a small nail and hammer to punch a hole in the top and bottom to accommodate the head pin, then formed a small loop on the bottom for the bead charm.

sterling pepper shaker repurposed jewelry
A larger wrapped loop was formed on the top to accommodate the chain.

vintage sterling repurposed salt and pepper shaker necklaces
I still think they'd make pretty ornaments or light pulls if you don't want to wear one around your neck.
You can see my last batch of salt and pepper shaker necklaces here.

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  1. Linda @ Itsy Bits And PiecesJuly 17, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    I've always loved happy to see them in your shop! Now one is mine!

  2. Heidi@TheMerryMagpieVintageJuly 17, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    I would LOVE to buy one of the P shakers if it is for sale--perfect for my mom Pam's birthday next month!

  3. Heidi@TheMerryMagpieVintageJuly 17, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Duh--just saw your etsy shop link. Heading there to purchase now!!

  4. Linda @ A La CarteJuly 17, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Betsy, these are so cute. Love the way you make these so unique.

  5. Sherry@Back2VintageJuly 17, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    I found two small silver shakers last week and I immediately thought of the necklaces you've shown in the past. I especially love the one you made with the blue jewels! Gorgeous!!!

  6. Vicky HuntJuly 17, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    These are just beautiful! All of your creations are though and each one so unique! Have a blessed weekend.

  7. Glenda/MidSouthJuly 17, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Love them !!! You really scored when you found these to work with.
    Hope you have a great weekend.

  8. cynthia lee designsJuly 17, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Love your salt and pepper shaker necklaces!! They are so pretty!!

  9. Deanies StashJuly 17, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Betsy, I love these! They are so gorgeous!

  10. handmade by amaliaJuly 17, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    These are gorgeous. I wonder why they made them so small to begin with. Did each guest get his own?

  11. The Speckled Hen CottageJuly 17, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    These are beautiful as necklaces, but I can also envision them as ornaments. They would be perfect on a Victorian themed tree. Thanks for sharing your tips on how to construct are so inspiring!!! Have a lovely week Mickie

  12. ZefiJuly 18, 2015 at 3:32 AM

    I want to buy one of those! Do you still have any? I was too late last time.

  13. Julia - Vintage with LacesJuly 18, 2015 at 3:43 AM

    Hi Betsy, That's another great batch! Each one is gorgeous! Making one had been on my to-do-list since I had seen them here for the first time. This morning, when I read your post, I decided not to procrastinate it anymore. Yeah! I did it! Thank you so much for the inspiration. I'll post it somewhen next week, with a link back to you of course.
    Have a junk filled weekend :)!

  14. JunkchiccottageJuly 18, 2015 at 3:58 AM

    These are just so adorable. Have a great week end.

  15. Tuula McPheeJuly 18, 2015 at 4:51 AM

    Absolutely beautiful Betsy! Love, love, love them.

  16. AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNaJuly 18, 2015 at 5:18 AM

    So unique! Are you selling them? I would love the one in the first and third picture farthest to the right!

  17. JeanieJuly 18, 2015 at 5:18 AM

    Awfully pretty, Betsy. I love the added embellishments on both top and bottom. They should be good sellers!

  18. Little Vintage CottageJuly 18, 2015 at 7:17 AM

    These are so cute!


  19. DD's CottageJuly 18, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Very creative and resourceful and CUTE!

  20. Gigi Harlan - artistJuly 18, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    I love seeing your pretty salt and pepper shaker necklaces, so creative and so darn cute!

  21. Lauren @ My Wonderfully MadeJuly 18, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Light pulls, ornaments -- necklace -- who cares -- they are ADORABLE!! Great creative idea from you yet again!

  22. Cozy Little HouseJuly 18, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Oh my, how stinkin' cute!

  23. Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}July 18, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    You always make them look so bright and shiny! And of course I love the added bling:) Wish I could find some so pretty. Thanks for showing us how you make them. (I was wondering how you made the holes in them....) I know I haven't been around blogland at all lately - LOVE your new blog header/logo! When did you get it? Did you make it yourself? It's fabulous!

  24. KathyJuly 18, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Betsy, you have done it again. Something that looked ready for the dust bin and you transformed it into an elegant treasure. Well done!

  25. Linda@Coastal CharmJuly 19, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    You already know how much I LOVE these necklaces...but I am saying it again...that really ROCK!!


  26. Le-ChatJuly 20, 2015 at 1:40 AM

    Amazing, so pretty and clever!

  27. must love junkJuly 20, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    These are SO fun! Love them! :)

  28. Deb @ Frugal Little BungalowJuly 20, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    These are just adorable and what an amazing idea! :)

  29. Have a DailyJuly 20, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    You are always so clever. These are fabulous!

  30. Art and SandJuly 20, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Those are just too cute!

  31. The Polka Dot ClosetJuly 20, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Adorable Betsy! Thank you for all of the detailed instructions. I figure they made small shakers so that far into the future some talented jewelry maker would transform them into adorable necklaces!


  32. Suzan SweatmanJuly 21, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    These are just beautiful Betsy - you truly are an artist !
    S could stand for Suzan !!!

  33. Lisa HuffJuly 21, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Hi Betsy, how are you? Oh my gosh, these necklaces are so beautiful. I can usually spot your creative beauties when I go to click on it and I was right, these are adorable. Thanks so much for sharing at the party this week. xo Lisa at Concord Cottage

  34. pegtnJuly 22, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    I would also be interested in buying one of the "Pepper" necklaces.

  35. Judy PimperlJuly 27, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    The cutest upcycle project I've seen in a long time...

  36. The Vintage ChateauJuly 29, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    I haven't seen these before, absolutely adorable!!!

  37. The DIY HomegirlAugust 2, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    What a creative idea! I love how you've repurposed these! Very inspiring!


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