Cut Steel Shoe Buckle Assemblage Bracelet

by Diane Wurster.
(Michigan)

Stunning Cut Steel Shoe Buckle Assemblage Bracelet by Diane Wurster - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Vintage cut steel shoe buckle bracelet

I work at an antique store in Dundee, Michigan.

The owner, Cassie, and I love going through the bags of old jewelry she gets in almost as much as trading jewelry with each other, since we both collect antique and vintage jewelry.

We were pleasantly surprised when we came across three fabulous antique to vintage cut steel shoe buckles in a large box of mostly plastic beads and pendants.

Stunning Cut Steel Shoe Buckle Assemblage Bracelet by Diane Wurster  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

One of the traded shoe buckles

We both fell in love with them instantly, but Cassie didn’t want to sell one of them, let alone all three.

What was I to do?

Stunning Cut Steel Shoe Buckle Assemblage Bracelet by Diane Wurster  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

One of my own art deco dress clips.

It took four of my brooches and a chain that she had had her eyes on in order to get her to trade the shoe buckles!

Now I knew that I had to make something special with them, and this is my first attempt.

Stunning Cut Steel Shoe Buckle Assemblage Bracelet by Diane Wurster  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

The back of the bracelet looks almost as fantastic as the front.

I used one of the shoe buckles as the centerpiece of this bracelet, used two of my art deco rhinestone dress clips for the sides, and finished the bracelet with green glass art beads I took from a broken, vintage rosary.

I think the trade was worth it. Do you?

Diane Wurster
Celestial Bling

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  • Rena Klingenberg says:

    What fantastic opportunities you have to find wonderful vintage jewelry components – working in an antique store. I loved your story of how you traded to acquire the shoe buckles. The bracelet is gorgeous, Diane!

  • Valerie says:

    Beautiful, Diane!

  • V says:

    Diane that’s simply fabulous.

  • Deborah Rodriguez says:

    Your bracelet is beautiful, Diane ! The shoe buckle could have stood alone to make an attractive bracelet, but adding the dress clips took it to the next level !!

  • Linda Lohraff says:

    It was a wonderful trade the bracelet is unique and exquisite. Good thinking.

  • Daisy says:

    What a stunning bracelet. Definitely worth the trade!

  • Jill says:

    Fantastic repurposing of such beautiful pieces. The art deco clips really bring the bling. Love it.

  • Terry says:

    Pretty bracelet!

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