When it is Broke, Reuse and Upcycle It

by Liz Juneau.
(Savannah, GA)

When it is Broke, Reuse and Upcycle It by Liz Juneau  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

The red glass in one of these earrings was broken off

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.

When it is Broke, Reuse and Upcycle It by Liz Juneau  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Urban Cowgirl Necklace

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.

When it is Broke, Reuse and Upcycle It by Liz Juneau  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Red Shark Earrings

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.

When it is Broke, Reuse and Upcycle It by Liz Juneau  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

The shank on this ring was broken and missing

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!

Liz Juneau
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