Sunday, March 13, 2011

From Junk to Jewelry

I had jewelry in mind when I found these little beauties at an antique show last month.  I'm using the keys in other projects, so I concentrated on the doorknob rosettes.  I gave them all a good scrubbing and attacked them with several coats of matte acrylic sealer.


I think they look much happier all decked out in beads and rhinestones.

I used an old watch face in the center of this one and surrounded it with some rhinestones from an old necklace.  You can see the no. 7035 stamped on the front. 

I went through every piece of old jewelry I had trying to figure out what to put in the center (where the doorknob used to go).  Nothing looked right until I tried the typewriter keys; they were a perfect fit.


What the heck are these? 
I don't remember where or when I bought these handle thingies.  They were victims of my "buy and stash" habit and ended up in that dark corner of a garage cabinet.  I'm working on a better system to keep all these little things in sight until I figure out what to do with them.  I am, really I am.
After removing the handles, I added the round black piece that was left over from a camera repurposing project.  I surrounded it with rhinestones and then topped it off with an old button.  The pin on the back has a bail attached so it can also be worn as a necklace.

I'm linking up my repurposed jewelry with:
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday,
The T-shirt Diaries for Upcycled Awesome,
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays,
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday, and
Elements Interiors for Whassup Wednesday

37 comments:

Desirée-ScrapDees said...

great jewelry you've made, i love it! I thnik the last parts are from an oven?

Aaron said...

Just BEAUTIFUL! Great job.

-Aaron {the girl with the boy's name}

www.mudpiesandmarigolds.blogspot.com

Jasmina said...

Waw, you are very creative! I like your work. I have an award for you on my blog
http://a-dreamy-land.blogspot.com/2011/03/another-blogger-award.html

sonya said...

Hi Betsy,
Your jewelry pieces are fabulous! I just love them. Thank you for sharing.
Have a great Sunday.
Hugs,
Sonya

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks like you have been busy creating lately, and with pretty results. Sorry - Don't know what the handle thingies are. :D
I put my supplies away, when I changed out the placemats and centerpiece, but I am ready to get it all back out.
Have a great week.

Tammy said...

Such lovely creations you have put together...you have a great knack at that.
smiles...Tammy

Sassy Marsha said...

Fabulous!!!!!

kpaints said...

You just astound me! Each creation is so different from the other...I never know what you will do next...I love that!!!

Margo said...

You are SO creative! Well Done!

Anonymous said...

I love every single thing you do!!!
deezie

Jane said...

You create the most awesome jewelry!! I collect all those little bits and pieces too when I'm out shopping. Don't know what I'm going to do with them at the time but they always are handy when inspiration strikes!
Your jewelry pieces are amazing! I loved all of them!!
Jane

kbbryant said...

Oh my goodness, I would never think of using those pieces for jewelry. The creations are really special. Impressive!

Kathy b

poindextr said...

Betsy, I just love to click in here because I know I will see something that I've never ever seen before and I always love it. These new pieces are beautiful!

julie miller said...

These turned out really cute, Betsy! Who woulda thought that doorknob thingies and round whatchamacallits could look so pretty??

Be well,
Julie

June@I will craft said...

You make wearing 'junk' very 'cool'! I'd love to be able to make something like these.

Susanne said...

Gotta love the rhinestone!
Susanne.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

you make amazing pieces out of the most unlikely parts!

A Cottage Muse said...

Very, very pretty!! Those handle knob things almost look like a safe knob?

Condo Blues said...

I love jewelery collages like yours. I try to make them but quickly become overwhelmed trying to collage the pieces.

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

These are stunning!!! I am going to have to visit your little shop. Geez! What creativity and vision!

Brenda said...

You give me such a happy face, and a new perspective for looking at the local flea markets.

pamq said...

I think I would love to get into that garage of yours..........

Excellent ideas!

Especially love the "Back Space" design!

bikim said...

wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!
you have collected and found gorgeous things!
love it!
it's gorgeous!
happy day!
Rosa

Mrs. Mobunny said...

I LOVE old typewriter parts. You put things together very nicely........I was brought up with doo-dads and nic-nacs everywhere. My dad is quite a collector, it runs in our blood.

very merry vintage style said...

These are so pretty. Love all the vintage parts & sparkle!
Mary

Charmed said...

Beautiful work!

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

LOVE THIS! Come on ova' and link up to my Linky Party! xoxokara


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Michelle L. said...

The little old typewriter buttons are the perfect thing! These are all just so fab, as always, and I envy your clever eye for the brilliant jewelry mashup. I don't know what those numbered knobs are, at first I thought oven knobs, but what oven only goes to 100? Whatever they WERE, they are NOW amazing. Great idea to have necklace bail on a brooch!

Megan @ Cut the Craft! said...

BEAUTIFUL work! Found your site from the Savvy Southern Style linky party...consider youself being followed!:)

Megan
www.CutTheCraft.com

Ashley said...

You are so talented!!! Love the pieces and creativity!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am so crazy about this jewelry! I couldn't wait to see what you had made! AWESOME! I have one Steampunk necklace that I treasure! I'm off to look at your blog! ♥

Brambleberry Cottage said...

But, Betsy, what would we do without our "buy and stash" habits? Probably save money and have less clutter, right? lol

I love your creations. And I can only imagine the wonderful stuff stashed and awaiting your magical touch. ;)

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

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The Answer Is Chocolate said...

I saw these over at elements-interiors and I just knew it was you! Gorgeous! I hope you'll also link up at my party tomorrow.

Delightblog.blog said...

Your repurposed pieces are so clever and creative. I have lots of pieces/elemtnes in a cabinet and seeing yours makes me want to get them out and start working on them again. Thanks for the inspiration.
Linda

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

So creative! Love this post...thank you for linking up to Whassup Wednesday! Hope to see you tomorrow:)

xoxokara

jewelrygirl said...

I love them all! You are so clever. Nice work!