Mexican Hat Transformation into Jewelry

by Cora Baillie.
(Christchurch, New Zealand)

Mexican Hat Transformation into Jewelry by Cora Baillie  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Mum’s Mexican hat

One of Mum’s favourite souvenirs, the Mexican hat had sat on her coffee table for a long time, but no one wanted it, so I took it for the silver.

It was a shame to melt it down as I appreciated the quality of the raised work and the time that took to do, so it sat on my bench for a while.

Then I thought – 4 flowers and 4 grand daughters.

I cut out the flowers with my jeweller’s saw.

The pieces were too flexible to be on their own so I backed them up with a piece of brass that my father had given me when I set up my bench (also thinking of my father’s strength and support).

Mexican Hat Transformation into Jewelry by Cora Baillie  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

The pieces cut out and backed.

I found some short pieces of chain in my stash (where did they come from?), a couple of rivets each, a couple of jumprings each and they’re done.

So I have four bracelets or decanter labels – or the granddaughters can change the short chain for a longer one to make a pendant.

Mexican Hat Transformation into Jewelry by Cora Baillie  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Finished!

And I have some pieces left over – a ‘road cone’ which is destined to be a thimble, and some scraps.

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Comments

  1. Cora, this was such a creative way to turn the unwanted souvenir into unique jewelry for the granddaughters! And cool that the leftover part of the sombrero will become a fancy thimble – very clever. Thanks for sharing this creative project.

  2. Super sweet idea!

  3. Great idea ! Really nice mementos.

  4. What a wonderful way to honor the original craftsmanship!

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