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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Recycled Vintage Jewelry

Happy Groundhog Day everyone!

How embarrassing...sometimes when people ask me where I live, I almost hate to tell them.
What is your town famous for?

Okay, now that I got that out of the way, I'm going to ramble on about using vintage jewelry to make new jewelry.

For years now I have admired all the jewelry I've been seeing made from recycled vintage jewelry.
It's always quite costly, so I started picking up odds and ends at flea markets and thrift shops with intentions of making my own.
This is a necklace that I've been working on.
It's quite long and I was having trouble fitting it all into one photo so that you could actually see everything.
To tell you the truth, I've been having a tough time getting decent photos at all.

As you can see, I made my own chain by wiring together freshwater pearls.
I used some brass chain as well along with a few brass charms and findings.

I picked up this old button in an antique shop a while ago.
I love it even with it's imperfections.
The rhinestone piece looks like it may have been an embellishment from a vintage hat.
The white stone in this photo adds interest I think.

This part dangles from the bottom.
It's part of a vintage earring that I picked up at a flea market.
There's even a bit of vintage lace incorporated into this necklace.
So far, this is my favorite of all the necklaces that I've made.

Well, I've rambled on enough.
See you soon.


  1. Beautiful, just beautiful. Now where did you find the white stone, and how did you drill it?

  2. f a b u l o u s !!!! I love it! keep going...you are on a roll!