Monday, July 23, 2012

Vintage Hardware Necklaces

It felt so good to finally get back into a creative mode last week.  After being away for over two weeks, I had to spend the first few days at home just trying to figure out where I left off.  I completed a few projects that were half finished just before I left, and then decided to start with some of the treasures I found while I was away.

I got out my stash of vintage watch faces, bits and pieces of old jewelry, and then some of the hardware I found at the salvage yard in Medford.

I started with a few of these keyholes and the doorknob plate.  The others are still anxiously awaiting their turn.

Love this disco ball that was part of a clip-on earring.  The rhinestones surrounding the doorknob hole are from a once loved bracelet.

I thought it would be fun to be able to customize this necklace, so the &/7 typewriter key isn't permanently glued in.

I glued an old watch face to the back of the key hole, then added a tiny rhinestone in the center.  So simple.

Fly away.  The colored rhinestone pieces came from another salvaged necklace and the sweet bird is an antiqued reproduction.

Who says you can't mix metals?

Another watch face glued to the back of a keyhole.  I think the scratches add to the charm and keep it from looking too new.  A faux pearl, a glass bead in a little cage, and a rhinestone button for the finishing touches.


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48 comments:

Karen Bates said...

Wow, you can really knock them out...gorgeous! It's a good thing I don't live closer! I'd be broke!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Fab as always Betsy!!

Xoxo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

In the very first photo, the necklace on the right..clock face with flower in the center...have you sold that one? I love your pretty jewelry! Enjoy your day!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have been very busy! I won't try to pick a favorite - I like them all.

Loretta said...

Hi Betsy,
Seemingly, your two weeks away inspired your creativity, because these pieces all have that WOW factor! I love how you use the bird with the necklace... very unique! Thanks for sharing with us! Wishing you a fab week!
Hugs

Connie Mercer said...

These are fabulous Betsy!!! Love them!!!

JunqueMagnet said...

Terrific job as always. They look stunning!

cathywhatisoldisnew said...

I love these creations! (I have a ton of old vintage jewelry that I need to do something with)My favorite is the one with the typewriter key.

Anne said...

Betsy,
Those are beautiful!!!!!!
xx
Anne

Annmarie Pipa said...

wow!! cannot make a wrong pick! gorgeous creations.

cynthia lee designs said...

So very beautiful!!
I started working on my jewelry pieces this past week...just a little over 11 weeks until my big Fall show.

laurie said...

such beautiful creations, you are very talented, I'm new following your blog, I hope you have a lovely day!

Kathy said...

Oh Betsy, you just have the best ideas - beautiful work!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Betsy you make the best necklaces! I love to look at your stuff! Hugs, Linda

Stephanie said...

You continue to inspire and amaze both with your beautiful work and the fact that you nevere ever run out of ideas. Love these pieces.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Beautiful creations, Betsy. Love the one with the figure. Is that an angel, or mermaid? Kinda looks like both.

Pam said...

These are lovely. I am especially fond of the one with the bird. Love them.

Kathryn said...

Do you know what "jazz hands" are?
That's me at the moment!
Between this post and the last one... I'm speechless! Crystal door knob stoppers and watch face jewelry... just amazing! And, that's putting it mildly!
I think I'll just send you all my jewelry stash cause I know I'll never do anything with it (remotely as well as you)! Seriously!
xoxo
kat

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Each one is adorable and unique! What a talent!

Carol

Diane Writes said...

Hi Betsy! If I will be asked to choose one, I can't make any decision hahah I love all of them. They are all pieces of great beauties :)

Ethereal PLUS what I Love said...

These are lovely !
New Follower, Francine

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

So VERY pretty!! Love the key hole with the clock face peeking through. I've been struggling to get into "creative mode"...this inspires me to get busy :) Chat soon, Laurel

ECKDesign said...

These are BEAUTIFUL!!! YOU inspire me! =o)

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Each piece is just beautiful! I love old watch faces and you have created some beautiful pieces from them!

Audrey-eleganteconomies.blogspot.com said...

Love your jewelry...beautiful!

RJ said...

You are so inspiring!!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

You are so talented...these are truly beautiful works of art!!

Erika@BeBookBound said...

You are the "jewelry whisperer"! I would have never thought that antique hardware could have made works of art like these! I'm wishing there was something that could be done with all the cheap and not-so-antique hardware in my house. Any ideas for plastic switchplates? :)

Salmagundi said...

I love everyone of these 'gems'! -- especially the clock faces behind the keyholes. Thanks for sharing. Sally

must love junk said...

Oh how I love all your jewels! Sigh
Susan

DearHelenHartman said...

These are darling! And what a brilliant idea to make bits and bobs into jewelry.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I love them! Such bling! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Ivy and Elephants. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-7.html Hope to see you at the bash! Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Honey at 2805 said...

Your salvage sure turns into some beautiful things!


Hope you will stop by to enter a giveaway for a very fun glass bottle cheese platter! It's so unique!

Looking forward to seeing you Potpourri Friday!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Beautiful creations!!! I love that necklace with the bird, but anything you create with watch faces always makes me smile!

Penny said...

Oh, I love your necklaces! I am now following you! Penny

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Amazing!!!!!! Love your work! I am your newest follower!

Becky

outjunking said...

It's just to hard to know which one I like best. They are all stunning.

Kathy said...

I love the key holes. I can see why they are so popular, great pieces of jewelry. I am coming over from Patti's party. Drop by for a visit. Kathy

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH these are gorgeous, Betsy...I really love your style!

The Vintage Chateau said...

Wow, what a lot of eye candy! You are so creative!
Karee

Karen said...

Betsy, they are all beautiful. You are so creative and talented.

~ Liz ~ said...

Betsy, I'm just dying over your creativity. Do you ever shout "I'm a genius!" when you have finished creating one of these? You should try it sometime. It would certainly be fitting. You have such intriguing pieces to begin with but when you are done...ooh, la, la!
Liz

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Wow!! These are amazing. I am hosting a Giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you stopped by and entered. Thanks Anu

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Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Gorgeous pieces, as always, Betsy! I would be hard-pressed to choose my favorite. I love them all!

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Be sure to stop by tonight to see yourself featured.

Hugs,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Gorgeous jewelry!!

April Phillips said...

I love Vintage too, but so many of the things I see these days seem like they are just trying too hard, are too ornate or gaudy. Your creations are PERFECT!! I am hooked, you have a new fan for life!! I have my eye on that necklace in your shop with the wooden rosary beads...
~April
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