Are you a DIYer? Do you like challenges? Well, I definitely love a good challenge, which is why I enjoy jewelry design. I love using a vast variety of materials for my creations. Vintage supplies are some of my favourite materials to work with. I love the challenge of taking something that has definitely lost its "cool factor" and breathing in some new life. Let’s take these vintage earrings below, for example. To the naked eye, they're - well - pretty ugly. My challenge was to see beyond their ugliness, incorporate them in a piece of jewelry, all without tossing them out.
First, I began by cutting the backs off each earring or pin, with a simple wire cutter.
Using a silver wire bracelet as a base, (purchased at my local Dollar store), I began to glue each earring and pin to the bracelet. The BEST glue for metal material, in my opinion, is E6000.
OK. I know what you’re thinking. This is still pretty ugly, right? Well, I would agree, which is why I broke out my Krylon Silver Metallic spray paint.
Once the glue was dry on the bracelet, I spray painted it with a couple of coats of paint, and finished it with the clear coat.
Then, I got really crazy! I used another bracelet I purchased from the dollar store, cut it apart and glued the gems on the base of my new piece.
Here’s the finished product!
Now I have a new piece with some texture and sparkle! The moral of this tutorial is “waste not, want not”. Before you throw your old jewelry out, consider remaking it into something cool again.
What an incredibly cool concept. It ties into the last post about shopping for vintage... you could totally find old jewelry in a thrift store for this project!
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