Jewelry

More Sparkly Things!! Another Jewelry Thrift and Refashion!

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These earrings and pendant were purchased for $5.99 at Value Village.  I loved them for the dangling beads and pendant pieces.

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So what I used were two gold shepherd’s hooks, and two pairs of round-nosed jewelry pliers and the earrings.

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First I used the pliers to open the ring holding the pendants to the earrings.

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Then I just attached the shepherd’s hook to the rings and closed them up.

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It took me about 5 minutes or less to make and now I have some pretty sparkly earrings to wear in the summer with a pretty dress.  I have used the smaller rings of red beads to make other earrings in the same manner.  What do you think of my little refashion?  I still have tons of parts left from these pieces to make more earrings.  Cheers, Michele

I Love Sparkly Things!! Another Jewelry Refashion!

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I got these beads a long time ago at Value Village for $1.99 in a plastic bag mixed with other beads.  I sorted these clear and slightly smokey crystal beads out and with some smaller smokey crystal beads I already had, I decided I needed to make a new necklace to go with some of the thrifted dresses I have gotten recently.

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This is what I used; beads, wire cutters, flat nosed jewelry pliers, some coated jewelry wire, crimp beads and a magnetic clasp.

I got so excited while making this that I forgot to take pictures, so I will just have to talk you through the tutorial.  I placed a crimp bead on one end of a 3 foot piece of coated jewelry wire and crimped it (I always give myself lots of extra wire in case).  This will be a temporary stopper to keep the beads from siding off.  I added 20 of the small smokey beads and then all the clear crystals.  Then I added 40 more of the small smokey beads and the large smokey crystals.  I finished it off with 20 more of the small smokey crystals.  Then on the open end of the wire, I added 2 crimp beads, looped the wire through the loop on one side of the clasp.  Then I ran the wire back through the 2 crimp beads and with a 1 inch tail, crimped the beads closed.  Then I moved all the beads down, making sure to slide the long end and the tail through the beads, making them all snug.  Then I cut off the temporary crimp bead and did the same thing on the other end with the 2 other crimp beads and the other end of the clasp.  After feeding the long tail about 1 inch into the beads, I pulled everything tight making sure the beads were all snug with no gaps.  Then I crimped the crimp beads and cut the tail off.  Hope this explanation makes sense.

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Luckily I had enough beads that I can wear it long.

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Or loop it around twice.

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Here is the detail of the clasp area with the crimp beads crimped closed.  I quite like my new necklace as it has a vintage Austrian Crystal feel to it.  What do you think of this inexpensive refashion?  I already had all the other materials in my jewelry making kit, so the necklace only cost me about 20 minutes of time and about $0.50 worth of beads as I still have lots of beads left in the bag.  These may appear in another refashion.  Cheers, Michele

Souvenir Travel Jewelry!! A Coin Refashion!

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I like to collect souvenirs of my travels through life.  Over the years I have collected many coins from various different countries.  This necklace was made by me from some of those coins I have collected.

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I just drilled a hole at the top of the coin, added a split ring and attached them on to a chain at equal distances.  An extremely simple refashion and upcycle of coins into jewelry.  It is a great piece to use my souvenir coins.

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Here are some examples of the coins I used.  Hope you like this reuse and upcycle of some collected coins.  Cheers, Michele

White Coral and Pearls!! A Necklace Refashion!!

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When I was in Jamaica last year, I got several pieces of coral that I have since turned into jewelry.  Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures while making the necklaces, so I will have to walk through how I made them.

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The basic tools needed are needle nose jewelry pliers, flat jewelry pliers, wire cutters, Loc Tight or jewelry glue, pieces of coral, a fine drill bit, eye ring pins and head pins in the  metal of your choice (I used silver), a chain with clasp (again I used silver), and pearls (I used fresh water pearls).

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The two necklaces below are made in the same manner as the following tutorial, but with two different coloured pearls; one pink and one grey.

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  1. First wash the coral in bleach and water to clean any algae off and bleach it white.  Allow to dry well.
  2. Using the drill bit, but no drill, hand drill holes into the ends of the pieces of coral. Be patient, it may take a little time.  Luckily the centre of the coral seems softer and more friable than the outsides, but if done carefully, it can be drilled through as well.  Only drill in about 5-7 mm.
  3. Cut the long end of the eye pin leaving about 5-7 mm of length and the eye at the other end.  Dry fit for length and trim so the eye of the pin sits close to the coral but can still be opened.
  4. Put Loc Tight glue or Crazy glue in the hole you have drilled and insert the eye pin.  Allow to dry 30 minutes or so.
  5. Cut the chain in half exactly opposite the clasp leaving two equal lengths of chain.  Open the ring on the eye pin and attach the chain before closing the ring.  Now your chain is attached.
  6. If you wish to add a pendant on the coral, find the middle of the piece and drill only half way into the coral.  Cut an eye pin to fit in the hole so that the ring is close to the coral.  Glue it in as before.
  7. Using a head pin, place it through the pearl or bead and cut off the excess leaving enough to make a ring at the top.  Using your needle nose pliers, make a ring, leaving it open, slip into to the eye pin in the coral and close the loop.  You are done.

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Another adaptation of this method is to take a piece of coral that is an interesting shape and drill a hole right through the coral where you want to suspend it from the chain.  Do not cut the chain in this project.  Take an eye pin and place it through the hole leaving the eye end with enough length to bend it up and over the top of the coral leaving enough room to take the other end and bend it up to meet it.  Then take the non-eye end and wrap it tightly and neatly around the pin below the eye three times and cut off the excess.  Pinch the cut end against the rest to prevent the sharp end sticking out.  Open the eye on the pin and put it through the link on the chain exactly opposite the clasp.  Close the ring.  Now you have a coral pendant attached to the chain.

Hope you like these wearable souvenirs of my Jamaica adventures.  I quite like them and am proud of how they turned out.  Cheers, Michele