Thursday, October 18, 2012

A New Look for Some Old Trinkets

I'm finally finished with all my big antique shows for the year.  I sure do enjoy it, but I'm happy to have those early morning set ups and fifteen hour days behind me until next spring.  Now I'll be concentrating on replenishing my jewelry inventory and working on smaller repurposing projects for several artisan shows coming up.  I just ordered a load of jewelry supplies online, so until they arrive it's time to get busy with some other projects.

This rusty and tarnished tray has been in line for a makeover, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it.  It's really too big for a necklace, but I still wanted to pretty it up in some way.  I grabbed a piece of lace, a beaded chain from an old necklace, a metal tassel, and a pretty silver brooch with a broken pin.

A 1.8mm punch tool was used to make two holes at the top and one at the bottom.  I covered the bottom of the tray with some Tacky glue and pressed the lace in place.  

Three decorative jump rings were used to attach the tassel and the chain.

The vintage clip-on earring was an afterthought.  I added a few links of chain between the beads to accommodate the earring so there's room for it to fit between the beads. The hole in back of the earring allows it to be hung from a small nail in the wall or anywhere else.

I used some #0000 steel wool to gently go over the edge to bring out the detail in the pattern.



Next in line....another vintage hairbrush and mirror makeover using the same technique.


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35 comments:

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

LOVE how you used the tray! What a fantastic way to use it. And I LOVE old handmirrors. I keep searching for them. I want to hang them on the wall and make a display. But my problem is that I love the tarnished mirrors and want to display them, but I also love the intricate carved backs and want to show those and you can only show one side at a time. :( HOw to chOOse! :) Have a great day!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty!!!
I am looking forward to getting my supplies back out.

marie said...

What a wonderful idea! I love how you used the tiny tray. You've inspired me! I have some tiny silver coasters begging for a transformation! Maybe they'll have new life as tree decorations!

Thanks Betsy!!!

Karen Bates said...

I love it!! The adorable little tray has wonderful burnished edges and a new home! Toooo cute!

Michelle L. said...

Oh, how beautiful! A necklace on steroids? What a gorgeous little accent for any corner of the house.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your jewelry designs are so unique and pretty. Hugs, Linda

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

You have the best ideas, Betsy!!!!

LOVE it!!!

xoxo

Faye said...

What a neat idea!

Gypsea said...

Very beautiful. Your work is amazing!

Connie Mercer said...

Beautiful!!!! Is it a necklace? Love you trinkets:):)

20 North Ora said...

I collect old hand mirrors also! There are so many different ones. They are getting harder to find I think. Love your pieces. The little tray is just darling!

Judy

Maureen said...

That is so awesome! You have such a great eye to turn anything into beautiful pieces... I love it!

Darlene said...

Very pretty and vintage. I love it. take care, Darlen

Vintage Gal said...

Betsy ~ the tray is absolutely beautiful. You are so talented. Can hardly wait to see the jewelry you create. I just love your creations ~

Anne said...

Betsy you are always an inspiration to me!Beautiful!
xx
Anne

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

You've created magic again, Betsy. Beautiful.

Kathy said...

Betsy, you continue to astound! Enjoy your well-deserved time to relax and create.

Kristy Creighton said...

How beautiful!! You are a true artist! Found you on The BFF Open House on The Answer is Chocolate.

Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations
http://shonaskye.blogspot.com

Pam said...

Betsy, you have made a treasured keepsake. How adorable to use as a hanging accent! Love it soooo much! xo's Pam

Blessed Serendipity said...

What a pretty transformation. I love the way you look at things.

xo
Danielle

Tracie Dean said...

Such an inspiring idea with the tray. It turned out beautiful!!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Betsy, Oh I love that you tell us how to make jewelry, I am so ignorant in that area, I love your ideas, and the actual wire size. When you break it down it does not look so daunting!

Carol

cynthia lee designs said...

Love it...so pretty!!
~Cindy

~ Liz ~ said...

I'm sure you will enjoy having time to work on your jewelry again and I can bet that the recipients of your creations will be glad you did. There's just no stopping the gorgeous ideas from spilling out of you and being beaded into something someone may have discarded. Oh, to have your genius!
Liz

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

More gorgeous creations! Good to know which hole punch you used too. :)

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

So VERY pretty...love to see the creative things you come up with :) Laurel

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Oh, goody! I just picked up some of that Tacky Glue last week and now you've given me yet another great idea to try! Enjoy your show break!!!

Melissa/Piney Rose said...

I love this, Betsy! Can't wait to see the brush and mirror makeover.

Peggy said...

That's really pretty. I'll bet you're ready for a little break from the big shows. Can't wait to see all the pretties you come up with now!

Pam said...

Beautiful. Have fun with the mirror!

Diane Writes said...

Wow! You really do wonders and I will never get tired of recognizing your talent Betsy. Have a great week and good luck on all your shows.

Danice said...

What a creative use of the little tray. Very pretty also. I love old antique silver. Looking forward to what you do with the hair brush set (I also own one of those sets) :)

very merry vintage style said...

Gorgeous! I'm pinning this image if you don't mind!
Mary

Donna W said...

I am in love with your vintage tray! I love how you've transformed it with pieces that you already have on hand. A bunch of these would be gorgeous on a Christmas tree!

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

Really fabulous! Would love for you to link this to my Craftastic party - I always pin my favorites:)