Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hardware Jewelry Creations

So far my new strategy for 2012 is working.  Instead of putting all my new treasures away where they belong, I've been trying to keep them in plain sight for a while.  I'm much more likely to get something put together if I can see what I have to work with. 

These are a few of the jewelry creations I made with bits and pieces from my New Year's Day Treasure Hunt.  Now I need to get busy with the stuff in the garage.

This batch of jewelry was made with two of the doorknob plates, a drawer handle plate, and some of the watch faces (not pictured).  I already used a couple of the curtain rings.  One of the drawer handle plates was too thick and it snapped in half when I tried to bend it for a bracelet.  I guess I'll be using the other piece in a different project.

I didn't glue the M from the vintage typewriter because I want to be able to personalize it.

This door knob hole is a bit heavier than the other one and has a worn paint finish.  I sprayed the front and back with three coats of matte acrylic sealer.  I added an old watch face to the center hole and topped it off with a rhinestone from an old necklace.

I didn't glue in the typewriter key, so this brooch can also be personalized.

This drawer handle plate was much easier to bend and shape.  I cleaned it up with some #0000 steel wool and gave it a good spraying.  I covered up the holes by slightly bending two watch faces to conform to the shape and then glued them on each end using E6000.  After gluing the larger watch face on top, I added a lace edge setting and a vintage typewriter key.


Back side.  You can see how the large holes are covered by the watch faces. I punched smaller holes closer to each end for attaching the chain.

The "B" typewriter key is permanently glued in.....Yep, I'm keeping this one for myself.

I'm not sure how long my strategy will work.  When things start to look too cluttered I'll have to go back to my old ways of keeping my supplies out of sight and out of mind.

I'm linking up my jewelry projects with:
My Repurposed Life for Catch as Catch Can,
Funky Junk Interiors for Friday Nite Special,
At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday,
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday

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44 comments:

Laurie said...

This is my favorite jewelry of your most recent pieces! It's a good thing my name doesn't begin with a B because then I'd have to come and get that bracelet from you!

Jane said...

Love every one of them!! You do such a wonderful job creating jewelry from odds and ends.
Jane

Michelle L. said...

Oh, once again I am agog! Love each one - I think my fave is the rhinestoned one with pink - I absolutely adore the watch face in the center!

Is 'to rhinestone' a verb?

Full Circle Creations said...

Very lovely pieces.

Holly

peggy aplSEEDS said...

oh my goodness, these are just amazing! i love what you've done to these bits and pieces. that's a good strategy!
wishes for a happy new year and hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

Kristen@fit2feelbetter said...

So cool. You are so creative!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, I love Steampunk jewelry! I went to your shop and saw the new necklaces...beautiful! You've done a lot of creating already this year! ♥

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I always enjoy seeing your new creations! I am still working on setting up a new work space where I can leave things out and not have to pack up when the dining table is needed.

outjunking said...

Betsy,
These are gorgeous. Being able to personalize them is very smart. Very cool
Lisa

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Wow I am so impressed! I think your creations are amazing and just keep getting better and better. The cuff is awesome. hugs, Linda

Loretta said...

I am in love...such lovely creative pieces! The things you can do with odds and ends...I like them very much! Have a good week! Hugs

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH I think leaving goodies out where you can see them is working for you...such beautiful creations!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I love all of them...so many neat ideas you had here!

Blessings,
Linda

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

It seems we both have been busy creating jewelry although this go around I didn't go the hardware route :) next time!!!!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

EEK, I forgot to add that yours are fabulous as always!!!!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Betsy, You've been busy and created such fabulous pieces of jewelry.
Hugs,
Julia

Goldie said...

Ummm that steampunk brooch is AMAZING!!! I sent you a message over on etsy!

Goldie-
http://thevintagetexan.blogspot.com

Karla Medina said...

These are amazing. You are so creative. I love them. :)

poindextr said...

these are gorgeous - I'm forever amazed at your vision for assembling odd pieces of hardware into the most original works of art. Love them!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your stategy is definitely working. LUV these. Your creativity amazes me.

Blue Creek Home said...

Hi Betsy,
Happy New Year to ya!

I love your new jewelry creations - you have great vision!

Rhonda

Sarah said...

I absolutely love these pieces!!!

Sandy Ang said...

Your jewellery is amazing !

Judy said...

I'm here by way of Transformation Thursday on Shabby Creek Cottage. Just wanted to tell you that your jewelry is amazing and I'm not even into jewelry! I love how you have repurposed all these odds and ends. Fabulous!

lvroftiques said...

You are so darn creative!! I am coveting that bracelet big time! Vanna

Rae said...

Tons of talent!! Maybe I should try keeping my stuff where I can be inspired...Love your creations!

Lindsey said...

The bracelet/cuff is wonderful!

http://www.toddlindsey.com

Tanya said...

Such gorgeous creations! I'm a new follower.

Bohemian said...

Oh Betsy I'm ADORING these Hardware and Typewriter Key Jewelry Creations!!! Superb!
Your Creative Mojo is going strong! This year I'm trying to focus on one Artistic Project at a time, I have a habit of too many irons in the fire as my Creativity jumps from one Passion & Project to another! *Winks*

Thanks for stopping by for a visit... yes, I had a major Panic Attack when my Blog got removed, until it was restored I was antsy... wondering if they could recover it or if I'd have to start over?!? Guess that means I'm Addicted now huh? *LOL*

Dawn... The Bohemian

Christine said...

Your jewelry is like... AMAZING!!! WOW!!

Check out my blog too:
http://thediydreamer.blogspot.com/

Erin of Salvaged Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness....your jewelry is stunning! I love the one with the "M". Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Take care from a fellow "salvager" Erin

Prior said...

Your jewelery is awesome, love the pink one...this is my fav kind of jewelry...I'm just not really interested in new stuff!

I do enjoy my bed springs, lol.
thanks for dropping in!
Lezlee

Elisa said...

Your jewelry is amazing! I love unique one of a kind pieces! Thanks for sharing!

Betsy said...

These are truly works of art! I always admire those of you who can see something beautiful in basic things.

Pam said...

I continue to be amazed at your creations. I'm glad to see that you keep some of these treasures for yourself.

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

LOVE your jewelry!!! And those typewriter keys are to die for <3. Pinning!!!

Shabby Marilyn said...

Love all of your creations, you are talented!! Thanks for your visit and comments, glad I found you! New friends to follow is always a welcome pleasure!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I just ADORE your creations! Mad about them...

I've shared this on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 116. :)

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150571808371141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

Donna

gail said...

OMGosh! I love these. I mean, I do NOT wear jewelry, but IF I did, this is what I'd wear. :)
I thought of you when I bought my last sewing cabinet. It still contained a sewing machine, and I was like "who makes jewelry out of sewign machines?" So, I did think of you, I just couldn't remember who did it. :)
thank you for linking up and linking back to catch as catch can!
gail
ps catching you this week!

Pam said...

Love, Love, Love these. I love working with hardware. Just made some new ones last night. Check them out.
http://pam-lifethroughmyeyes.blogspot.com/

Great job on these.

Angie said...

Holy Hardware - you are amazing!!!

Now I know what I'd like to do with some of my hardware stash!

PLEASE drop by Knick of Time Tuesday Vintage Style Party and share this!

Blessings,
Angie @ Knick of Time

Stephanie said...

I see that a lot of people are calling the jewelry steampunk, I have never heard of that. But what ever it is, I call it beautiful! That is so amazing that you can create things from such different objects! I just saw this on MRL Catch as Can, wow, you are amazing!

Michelle said...

Your jewelry is gorgeous!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

I'm ALWAYS delighted to see what your newest creations look like, Betsy. You kept my favorite piece from this batch for yourself. Good girl! You can't get rid of everything. ;)

Hugs,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage