Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hardwear Jewelry and Old Keys

These are some of the "hardwear" necklaces I put together last week.  I pulled out some of the old key escutcheons from my Salvage Yard Field Trip back in July.  It was so much fun pairing these worn out old pieces of hardware with some shiny vintage earrings.  I sprayed the hardware with 2 coats of clear matte sealer first.  Can't have that chippy paint flaking off.


Since skeleton keys are getting harder to find and more expensive these days, I started collecting this other style.  The wider surface makes them ideal for attaching all kinds of goodies.
I used bits and pieces of broken necklaces and earrings on these. 

Those are old shoe buttons attached to the little keys and a button attached to the necklace.  It's hard to make out the detail in this picture, but those are lions on the face of the little keys.




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24 comments:

GeorgiaPeachez said...

So lovely...your pieces are always so original and beautiful! xo, suzy

Lisa said...

Love all your pieces! Thanks for sharing. I've been a follower of yours for a little while now. I, too, like to make jewelry. Haven't tried the vintage things yet, but like you, not an empty nester yet so my second child, 10th grade, keeps me busy. She's a young 10th grader and doesn't have her dl yet, so I'm still the taxi driver! Have a great day! Will visit again soon!

Jill said...

So gorgeous!! Love your work!!

Michelle L. said...

Hi, Betsy! I love the keys! All are so beautiful. The escutcheons with chippy paint are so cool, what a great idea to seal in the paint. I love them paired with rhinestones.

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

These are so gorgeous Betsy. I just love everything. The escutcheons are amazing!

Angela said...

You certainly have the touch...they are all beautiful!!

Stefanie said...

You have such a great eye for design! I love the key necklaces. With a little bling, they're even better!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

these are all so beautiful betsy! TFS!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks like you have been busy! Enjoyed seeing your beautiful creations.
Know what you mean about the old skeleton keys. I remember going to the flea market and some of the vendors would have shallow containers full of all the kinds of keys, and trinkets I am looking for now and for very little. However, they no longer participate in the flea market here since the location changed. I heard the booth space is much higher was one of the main reasons.
Enjoy your evening.

Melody said...

Wow ....you sure 'unlocked' your creativity!

Irma@CosasBellas said...

Woohoo I learned a new word, escutcheon!
They're all so beautiful Miss Betsy, but I have to admit I have a little crush on the one on the left in the second pic(sigh)!
Maybe you should have added some feathers cuz they're going to "fly" out of your booth. LOL

Talk to you soon!

Home and Heart said...

These are so cute, as is all you make!!

Ashley said...

These are adorable! What a great idea to use keys for jewelry. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Lindy said...

I love your work. I really love the keys. I'm following for sure!

Hanna said...

HI There! I am your newest follower from the blog hop!!! Lovely blog you have here:) You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

These are beautiful!!

Coco loves vintage said...

Loving the keys :)

Eliana said...

I love your work! so creative! thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Decor Createur said...

Love your necklaces, the are awesome!!! Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog. I look forward to seeing more of your creations,

Jennifer

Meg said...

Just beautiful! I love the keys! They are unique and gorgeous!

mo said...

Hi Betsy, I love the second key with the rhinestones. Just beautiful. So original. Love it. *hugs*

Betsy B. said...

Hey from one Betsy to the other...your jewelry is so unique. I would love to have one on a skeleton key. Thanks for sharing!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Every single piece is fabulous! I really like the look of older bits and pieces restyle and yours are tops.

Thanks for linking to my party. It's fun to see what you link up each week.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com

Barbara Jean said...

Oh I love these! I knew there was a reason I kept all those kind of zero personality keys around. =)

I'm with you, been looking for skeleton keys for my work and hard to find, and expensive.

blessings

barbara jean

Lisa Madden Bass said...

I love your work! I have some old keys, and your pieces have inspired me!! Thank you so much for sharing them with the rest of us.

Lisa