by Carol Wofford. (Halifax, VA) I've been wanting to come up with new ways to use up my old inventory of vintage costume jewelry. I have loved jewelry since I was a child and started collecting at an early age. I've bought from auctions, estate sales, yard sales etc., buying box lots to get the one piece I wanted or just buying it because it was pretty. As a … [Read more...] about Repurposed or Upcycled Costume Jewelry
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by Liz Juneau. (Savannah, GA) I have been on an upcycling kick. It helps to have generous friends to give me their treasures and castoffs - broken or rarely worn jewelry. It gets my creative juices flowing on how to decide to use them. Sometimes I take them apart and rework them into a new design. I did this recently with a friend's deceased … [Read more...] about When it is Broke, Reuse and Upcycle It
by Liz Juneau. (Savannah, GA) Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. Another term is "creative reuse". I found this broken rosary with beautiful clear faceted beads and silver components. I enjoyed researching the scenes and writings on the connectors which I found out was a devotion to … [Read more...] about Upcycled Rosary
by Carol Wilson. (Granger, TX) I've always loved tiny bottles, especially vintage bottles. I found this one at an estate sale - I don't know its story. I was told it might have held perfume. It was too cute to sit on the shelf, so I wrapped it in copper wire and hung it from a copper chain. Carol Wilson Silver Star Enterprises … [Read more...] about Vintage Bottle Pendant
by Anita S Campbell. (United States) My entry into paper bead making came last year while visiting our daughter and son-in-law in upstate NY. We visited a nearby craft show and found a crafter who was making absolutely beautiful jewelry out of paper. I then began my research (via YouTube and other locations) on how to make paper beads. In my usual manner, I … [Read more...] about Paper Bead Jewelry – Eco-Friendly AND FUN!
by Etta Hughes. (Texas) I love creating jewelry from coins. I believe that they are good conversation pieces. I believe that you can find value in everything. Etta Hughes The Widow's Mite … [Read more...] about Classy Coin Jewelry
by Paula Trehey. (Weeki Wachee Florida) I have been buying dress clips and shoe clips, and turning them into necklaces. This one is an old dress clip that I removed the clip from. I strung wire through the openings where the clip was originally attached. Paula Trehey The Giggling Mermaid … [Read more...] about Dress Clip into a Necklace
by Myra Schwartz. (Near Chicago, Il. USA) I enjoy so many articles, tips and posts in JMJ! I also make necklaces using old buckles. I've scoured flea markets and estate sales for many years in search of old and unusual beads and components to use in my jewelry. I particularly love old buckles! Here are a few recent pieces repurposed from my collection of … [Read more...] about Repurposing Antique Brooches and Buckles into Jewelry
by Paula Trehey. (Weeki Wachee Florida) I have begun making jewelry from vintage pieces in need of repurposing. I search for vintage pins and broken pieces and turn them into something with a more modern twist. Paula Trehey … [Read more...] about Turning Vintage into Modern Jewelry
by Tamara Robertson. (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) I was going through my shells the other evening, and picked out a few that had holes in them, to see what I could do with them. I wanted to embellish the shells somehow, and as I looked at the beautiful colour and texture of the shells, I felt that I wanted to use pearls, to keep the softness and harmony. Then I had … [Read more...] about Giving Shells Back Their Pearls
by Sylvia King. (Muskegon Michigan) These 3 pieces were made from old skeleton keys and polymer clay. I wrapped the keys in black, green, and purple clay, and two have my signature rose and petals. The center one has an animal eye with vines and leaves. Before baking them I used a powdered paint that is metallic - blue with the black, silver for the green, and … [Read more...] about Skeleton Keys with Polymer Clay
by Carol Wofford. (Halifax Virginia) I thought I would share this fun way to repurpose an old wrist watch. I love to repurpose things and I came up with this idea for an old watch. First I removed the band and popped the back off and took out the works including the winding stem on the side. Then I got an old deck of playing cards and traced around the queen, … [Read more...] about Fun Way to Repurpose an Old Wrist Watch