Metal Remnants

I recently got invited to a Jewelry Party.

Catalog for the Jewelry Party

Catalog for the Jewelry Party

I love jewelry, but I’ve never been much of a jewelry wearer. My slim list of preferred jewelry includes yellow gold, a wedding band set, earrings from cherished children, leather, and orange and blue beaded or enameled items I wear during football season. And yet, when I went through my stuff lately, I found that I have a ton of jewelry, and I like most of it, I remember when I got it, I have fond feelings for it, but I still don’t wear it. And some of it is broken.

Lately, I’ve wanted to create jewelry. I’ve got a few friends whose desire to make jewelry has really bloomed since I’ve known them. So I’m taking a leaf from their books of accomplishment and doing a little bit of jewelry.

Items on these pages of catalog are from $18 - $54 each

Items on these pages of catalog are from $18 (earrings) – $54 (necklace) each

You can buy all sorts of jewelry findings at JoAnn’s, Michael’s, and local bead shops like our nearby Gifts of Avalon, and they’re reasonably priced.
These are from Avalon Beads at $2 a packet

These are from Avalon Beads at $2 a packet

I found all the stuff to make these at JoAnn's for about $15

I found all the stuff to make these at JoAnn’s for about $15

As a Remnant Redo, I decided to fix some of my broken jewelry. It wasn’t hard to do. You just need a few basic tools.

crimp tool, round nose pliers, wire cutters

crimp tool, round nose pliers, wire cutters

Tons of how-to videos abound on You-Tube in which even the most simpering of young girly-girls know more about making jewelry than I do. Watch some of them and your brow will no longer furrow when you hear or read the word “crimp.”

I fixed these by adding cheap and easy clasps

I fixed these by adding cheap and easy clasps

a new barrel clasp made this Crow necklace wearable again

a new barrel clasp made this Crow necklace wearable again

Added a little jump-ring, and I can wear this watch my son gave me again

Added a little jump-ring, and I can wear this watch my son gave me again

just a little clasp was all it needed

just a little clasp was all it needed

metal remnants

metal remnants

Hmmm, wonder what could be done with this junk, er, these possible jewelry findings?

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. carlaannfehr
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 14:45:00

    If you ever figure out what to do with single earrings, let me know. I have a huge collection of earrings that have lost their mate and I keep hanging on to them thinking that they will become a craft project someday. Most of them are dangles, so maybe a charm bracelet?

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  2. jenyjenny
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 16:42:58

    Charm bracelet sounds good!

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  3. ethgran
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 20:48:04

    You Know Where to find all the knowhow you could ever want without resorting to simpering teens on the web. ;o}

    Reply

  4. Inside the Mind of Isadora
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 18:45:02

    I was a silversmith jeweler fo 28 years. I have retired but am slowly selling my creations and raw materials on my Etsy shop in order to liquidate them. If ever in need of a special type of bead or looking for any materials of some kind be sure to check out my shop. It is ever changing as I sell my goods. You can convo me on my shop if there’s a particular one you don’t see. I have collected many vintage beads, as well.
    GOOD LUCK … it cann be fascinating to see the creations you can do with the materials available.
    Isadora
    http://etsy.com/shop/isadoraartjewelry/

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