Saturday, September 7, 2013


Create unique jewelry with recycled and upcycled materials. It's easy and fun!

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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.
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This neck candy was made with junk pins and ear bobs.

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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.
The two pieces seen directly below utilize a common piece of 
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.
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Old faucet handles as elements in a bracelet and a necklace. 
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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.)

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  1. very kool paula!
    i especially love the faucet necklace!

  2. Paula, you're a genius! I'll never look at faucet handles the same way again. And I really admire those junk jewelry necklaces. What a great way to upcycle those rarely-worn pieces languishing in my jewelry box!


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