by Liz Juneau.
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 mother-in-law’s glass pearl three strand necklace.
Since she never wore them but did not want to part with it due to sentimentality, I designed a three strand bracelet and used the striking green clasp as the focal bead.
Other times, I cut off the broken parts and then use additional components to make something new and wearable.
One of these sterling and glass earrings was broken at the bottom.
I cut the off the glass below the metal and added the shark vertebrae that I had in my collection of oddities.
The turquoise and sterling ring had barely any shank attached.
So I removed what was remaining and then attached it to the howlite.
I am pleased that these jewelry parts did not stay in a box or get tossed away and I was able to give them a new life!