Saturday, September 22, 2012

Junk to Jewelry

It's been a while since I posted about my junk to jewelry creations, but I've been working away on something pretty much on a daily basis.  With several shows lined up over the next couple of months, this one woman factory has no time for slacking.  These are some pieces I've been working on.....

More keyhole, watch face, and charm necklaces.

I was so excited to find several more of these keyhole plates made out of wood on my last shopping trip to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire.  I've been decorating the zinc hearts I bought in Sonora with vintage bits and pieces. 

I'm still working on earrings from the pile of vintage watch faces I found in Alameda. 

 I always like finding matching watch faces, but as long as the size and shape is similar, that works for me.

A single vintage clip on earring is now the focal point of this asymmetrical necklace.
How would you hear with that big earring attached to your ear?

I thought I could get more mileage out of the other earring by taking it apart one little flower at a time.

Nineteen flowers = nine pairs of earrings with one flower to spare.  I'm still working on the rest of them. The earrings on the left are made with antiqued brass filigrees, salvaged rhinestones, and vintage metal shoe buttons.  

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34 comments:

Gypsea said...

Really cute and very innovative!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They are all so pretty. I like the Steampunk look. And would you believe that I think I have a brooch or earring that looks like the pink flowers? I'll have to look for it! lol Happy weekend!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Do you ever sleep??? Your jewelry is amazing. I love how you use the birds in opposing positions for the earrings...very thoughtful!

cebelica said...

These are gorgeous. You are so creative! I absolutely love your work. Hugs! xx

Cozy Little House said...

I like these! Very pretty!
Brenda

Connie Mercer said...

fabulouse jewelry Betsy!!! I found a set of brass stencils, I was so happy~got them home and it is not a complete set. I took it for granted that it was complete:(!!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love looking at your jewelry! Each one is a masterpiece! They really are gorgeous, you are one talented jeweler!

Carol

Hosanna said...

So cute! I've recently gotten into making jewelry, too; when I bought a huge tin of sewing buttons at a flea market. Your pieces are fantastic!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Beautiful, Betsy!!! I have/had an earring similiar to yours and I also made a necklace out of it :)

I hit a couple of garage sales this morning, SCORE!!!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

xoxo

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have been busy! I won't try to pick a favorite - they are all pretty! You should sell them all without a problem.
I wore my share of the big earrings when they were in style. More often than not when at work, the one on my right ear would be off so I could talk on the phone. :D

Loretta said...

You absolutely amaze me! All of them are one-of-a-kind treasures! Get some rest Lady! Happy Autumn!
xoxo

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I love the wooden keyholes and the watch face jewelry. I, too, take stuff apart to get the most "mileage". I am so jealous of your incredible productivity!

Kathy said...

Really sweet pieces you have there. I love the painted keyholes. c.u.t.e.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Jaw-dropping! I thought the keyhole ones were my favorite until I got to the clock face earrings then those were my favorite. Then I got to the earring necklace. . . stunning! ALL of them!

poppilinnstudios said...

Very pretty and creative!

Anne said...

Betsy,
Those are all beautiful pieces!
xx
Anne

Kathy said...

Betsy, you have such an amazing eye for seeing something where there is nothing! And you make it look so easy which, of course, it is NOT!!

Michelle L. said...

Whew, what a collection! You are the farthest thing from a Slacker that exists. All so lovely, and I adore the taken-apart pink earring, those miniscule flowers are priceless!

must love junk said...

Oh, I love your jewels, as always! I enjoy my necklace and earrings from you so much :)
Susan

Diane Writes said...

Oh Betsy! I fell in love the bouquet of flowers necklace and heart shaped necklace too. I love it. It's elegantly fitted for every member of the female populace. Your talent is indeed magical. I will never get tired of praising your talent.

Have a Beautiful Sunday!

April said...

*Gasp* I love those last earrings!!!!

cynthia lee designs said...

Betsy, I love your jewelry...it's so pretty!! Hope you sell out at your shows!!
~Cindy

Georgie Horn said...

Love all the work you've put into your pieces! I have a friend that lives in Alameda. She's always looking to be a "picker" for others, let me know if you'd like to get in touch with her.

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

More gorgeous pieces! I am drawn to those pieces with the little birds. I call the pair of yours that I wear frequently my "time flies" earrings! Love, love, love them.

I think I will need to put your etsy shop on my Christmas wish list to make shopping easy for my DH. :) I feel the need for a keyplate necklace in my future.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your jewelry is always amazing. So creative and unique. The little pink flowers are so cute. I think my Mom had some earrings like that!! hugs, Linda

Gayle Page-Robak said...

I love your "Junque" jewelry, each piece is lovelyand so beautifully created. Great look and wonderfully presented. I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com
Hugs, Gayle.

~ Liz ~ said...

It never ceases to amaze me what you can put together from your salvaged finds. Each piece is amazing!
Liz

Georgie Horn said...

Congratulations! You won my giveaway from the Fairy Tea Party. Shoot me an email with your mailing address.
puddin.n.pie.email@gmail.com

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

These are fantastic!

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

Oh, my, goodness!!! Wow! Such creative pieces -I almost fainted! It is inspiring to see so many finished creations. They are just gorgeous. :)

Honey at 2805 said...

Your jewelry is beautiful, Betsy!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

You amaze me with what you can pull together from your salvaged treasures. Loving your junk jewelry, so pretty. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

Amy said...

These are lovely. That necklace with the vintage earring is really beautiful.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

betsy, my friends LOVED their gifts that i bought from you~ and i recognize those cute little flowers!! so happy that i shopped with you!

xxo
becky

ps: when is your next show?