Create unique jewelry with recycled and upcycled materials. It's easy and fun!
Find inexpensive costume bits and pieces to assemble into a new necklace! Alter old-fashioned screw-type earring backs by snipping off the screw and rolling what's left into a loop. The backs of clip-on earrings often pull right off with pliers.
Start your design at the center of a chain with the largest elements. Work outward on each side with smaller parts.
|This neck candy was made with junk pins and ear bobs.|
I like to use all silver-tone or all gold-tone pieces together,
but you can mix and match.
|Necklace above done with deconstructed brooches and earrings on a spare chain.|
hardware: faucet handles! Other materials include vintage
earrings or buttons, chains, clasps, findings (including jump
rings &/or jewelry wire), and a few beads. Tools needed
are pliers and wire cutters. I also added a touch of metallic
acrylic paint to the "flower" shapes.
|Old faucet handles as elements in a bracelet and a necklace.|
|String some beads & add a few novelties!|
This necklace is a mix of high and low:
glass beads left over from other projects,
and plastic key chain dangles. Achieve
a similar Pop-art effect with small
novelty pencil sharpeners.
(Be sure to see some tips on jewelry-making, at my last post.)