Monday, October 29, 2012

Not Your Grandma's Bracelet, But Made With Her Accessories

From the onset of my jewelry designing adventures with recycled materials, I have acquired a variety of vintage brooches, clip on earrings, out of style metal chains and sparkly crystal beads. Finding a use for these materials is a nifty and thrifty way to explore your creative talents.

I created this cool bracelet by revamping several pieces of jewelry that once belonged to a sweet little grandma living in St. Louis, Missouri. Her granddaughter now wears this fashion forward piece to the office. The flower pendant is an old brooch pin, which was reconstructed into a charm and is the focal point of this piece. The crystal beads and metal chain are also reclaimed materials! I added a lobster clasp and jump rings, which can be purchased from Jo-Ann Fabrics or Michael's crafts for $3-$5! 

Students and customers will typically ask for suggestions on what to do with heirloom pieces that once belonged to a loved one. If you are looking for a sentimental gift to give to your family members this holiday season, consider sifting through your granny's jewelry box and making something fashionable and sentimental!

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