Recycle/Repurpose – Freshwater Pearls and Glass Chips
by Melissa Jones.
On a recent visit home to CA, my sister-in-law handed me a baggie filled with a broken necklace and earrings, and asked if I would like to make something out of it.
The necklace was long, opera length, and comprised of freshwater pearls and what appeared to be glass chips.
I have had fun fooling around with this treasure trove – and have come up with three pieces so far – a pendant, a bracelet and earrings.
The frames are hand formed from silver plated wire (16 gauge bracelet and pendant; 18 gauge earrings), and the beads are wrapped on with 24 gauge.
I like these super neutral pieces in winter – they go well with my basic wardrobe of black and grey.
Spring is finally coming to Maryland, though, so I am eager to see how I can bring some nice fresh colors into the mix!
Calhoon Jones Jewelry