Thursday, November 5, 2009

More Deconstructed Jewelry

...or how I turned one necklace into two new pieces.

Yesterday I showed you how I made a pretty, sparkly bracelet from 3 old pieces - a necklace, a bracelet, and an earring.


Today, I've made a brooch and a long necklace from a choker.

I bought this beautiful choker necklace from banana republic about two years ago.  This picture was taken after I disassembled the necklace, but this is roughly how it looked.  I love the choker as is, but the wire ends were stabbing me in the neck, and it was too uncomfortable to wear.
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There were holes on the back of the flower where the beads were threaded through, and one day at work, using an emergency sewing kit, I turned it into a brooch.  All I did was use the gray thread color and sewed a safety pin onto the back!
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Last night I strung up the three lengths of beads into a 40+inch necklace.  My plan was to use cream embroidery floss (if you don't needle-craft you might know it as the string used for friendship bracelets) and knot each bead in place.
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It turned out the holes in the beads were too large and kept going over the knots I made.  So I just strung them all on and knotted the ends tightly three times.
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Then for extra durability, I put the thread back through a bead and made that "4" friendship bracelet knot (I don't know how else to describe it) and did that through 4 beads on each side.  It's feeling pretty strong and it looks great.
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Don't forget to check out the jewelry by my aunt, LaCocoBella - links in the post below and on the sidebar!!

I'm linking up with Kimba@A Soft Place to Land:

DIY<br>Day @ ASPTL

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3 comments:

  1. That is so splendid !
    Since you love jewelry I know you will love tomorrow's giveaway !

    Kate

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  2. I'm not a big jewelry wearer but I admire how you are re-using and re-craft things into something new and different and still beautiful. Talented.

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  3. Jane @ Finding FabulousNovember 10, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    I love necklaces! They are the quickest way to pull an outfit together...even with jeans! Your necklace looks great!

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