Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Repurposed Jewels, Rainy Weekend Projects

Rainy and windy weekends are good for something after all.  I put a big dent in my jewelry projects and was able to finish up six necklaces, one bracelet, and several earrings.  Oh, it feels so good to see a uncluttered work surface.   I didn't get pictures of everything, just a few....

The base is the bottom half of a watchmakers tin; the pocket watch face was a perfect fit inside the tin.  The bling in the center was a clip on earring, and everything else was rescued from four or five different pieces of jewelry.

These models are from one of the antique magazines I purchased last summer.
The Designer, May 1911.  

I recreated this necklace from bits and pieces of three different necklaces and an old brooch.

The brooch wanted to be a focal point.  

I decorated the key necklaces with vintage clip on earrings and rhinestones.
The tiny hinge bracelet is a remake of a similar one I made a while back.

The bracelet is a little big for her, but I still think she wears it well.
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I'm linking up to these parties:
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays,
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday,
A Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday,
The Vintage Farmhouse for Creative Things Thursday

32 comments:

JunqueMagnet said...

Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Thanks for sharing!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Everything is gorgeous but oh my the hinge bracelet makes me gasp! Love!

Perhaps a Project said...

I have to tell you how much I LOVE your blog! I have spent several hours pouring over every post from start to finish today. I live in Michigan now, but grew up in Medford Oregon. It has been fun to read mention of my hometown and surrounding area. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty - all of it! Sounds and looks like you are getting a lot accomplished.

Blessed Serendipity said...

Beautiful pieces! Hope you have a gorgeous day.

Danielle

cebelica said...

These are stunning!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Ohhhhhh, VERY pretty, Betsy!!! Every girl loves bling!!!!

Doesn't it feel wonderful to get projects done!!? Of course, there are still many more left to do, LOL, and new ones getting added on daily!!!

xoxo

Michelle L. said...

I love the jewels - naturally! - and I think your photos with the Gibson Girls are just so beautiful!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Everything is absolutely gorgeous! I agree with Linda, those hinge bracelets are breathtaking!!!

Angie said...

You have such a gift for creating amazingly unique and beautiful jewelry! Every piece inspires me!

Connie Mercer said...

gorgeous!!!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Six necklaces in one weekend! I wish! All beautiful, my favorite is the hinge bracelet. And as for a clean work surface, haven't seen one in my house for a long time! :)

Kathleen

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Beautiful pieces, Betsy.

Maria Ireland said...

They are all amazing. I love the first necklace.
Hugs Maria

Loretta said...

Betsy what a creative gift you have! I admire them all! Thanks for the share! Luv

Katherines Corner said...

gorgeous recycling, giggle. Hugs and wishes for a lovely week ahead! P.S. I'm your newest linky follower

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i love how you put bits and pieces together and come up with something gorgeous!

Jane said...

What more can I say? Everything is just gorgeous!!
Jane

Sharing Shadymont said...

Thanks for stopping by Shadymont. What gorgeous creations! I'll be back to browse at my leisure. Gotta go to work :(. See you soon! Following!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

wow..yuo've been BUSY! these pieces are so lovely! TFS! :)

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Your creations are ALWAYS so delightful, Betsy! I have no doubt that you could turn the most hideous pieces of junk into the most glorious bling! lol

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday.

Hugs,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Elisa said...

Love these! They are so beautiful and original! Thanks for sharing.
Elisa
home sweet nest

d e l i g h t said...

Your jewelry is so pretty and lovely!

Wax Beach Artist said...

I just love what you do with bits and pieces : ) Your keys amaze me!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

OH -- these are just stunning! Heading over to check out your shop again -- you are so talented!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

OH -- these are just stunning! Heading over to check out your shop again -- you are so talented!

Anne said...

They are all so pretty.

Mom of 12 said...

Those look great! You are truly talented.
Sandy

Diane Writes said...

It doesn't look repurposed at all Betsy. It's beautiful and knowing the fact that it was repurposed adds more love and beauty to your works. I love it!

Karen Bates said...

I can't believe this but your jewelry is getting better every time! You are one classy artist!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I really LOVE your style, Betsy...beautiful creations!

Barbara Jean said...

I LOVE that top piece.
I have several of those watch backs, just never get anything done with them.

blessings
barbara jean