It’s Time: New Jewelry from Antique Clock Keys

by Cindi Bernloehr.
(United States)

I was in Columbus OH, (I live in FL) visiting my best friend of 30+ years and we went to a antiques mall.

clock key necklace

clock key necklace

I love digging around in all the areas and wasn’t looking for anything in paticular, but was intrigued by a ring of old keys I saw. I took the ring up to the man in charge and he asked me “which key do you want?” to which I replied, “all of them”.

CBernloehr: It's Time: New Jewelry from Antique Clock Keys 2

He looked shocked and asked what I was going to do with so many keys. I told him I wasn’t sure but would let him know.

I got home and found these ceramic beads in different shapes and colors. I thought they complimented the old Grandfather Clock Keys so I went to work.

I really liked the effect and sent a picture of the necklace to the man I had bought the keys from.

He liked it so much that he called me to order a similar necklace for his wife. He said he had never bought an item back that he had sold from his store but this was too good to pass up.

I ended up making 4 of these necklaces. 1 for me, 1 for the store manager and 2 to sell. I sold one to a young lady who is a local model for an upcoming photo shoot, and the last to a woman visiting from London.

Modeling the clock key

Modeling the clock key

This is still one of my favorite pieces.

Cindi Bernloehr
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  • I love old keys – especially fun funky ones like these grandfather clock keys. What a neat item to design jewelry around! Thank you for sharing these with us, Cindi!

  • Barbara says:

    Wow. These are beautiful!

  • Great idea and very clever use of those beautiful old keys. Lovely work.

  • Pauline says:

    Ooohhhh nice! A touch of steampunk with gorgeous colorful beads. Very inspirational to me!

  • Debra Lowe says:

    Such a great idea and a beautiful creation. I love making old stuff new again…and so creatively.

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