Hi lovelies! In keeping with this week's theme of re-imagining old or broken pieces of jewelry into new, wearable pieces, I tackled two birds with one stone here! Would you believe the above bracelet was constructed from a broken purse strap (clasp & all!) and part of a lone earring?
And this necklace used up some of my scrap chain pieces along with the rest of said earring? If you've ever lost an earring, it's painful. I know. But in the event you
- A single earring
- Chain for your bracelet (mine came from a broken purse strap, feel free to use any chain you have on hand, or even take apart an old necklace or bracelet you no longer wear!)
- 2 medium jump rings
- Jewelry pliers
- Use jewelry pliers to take apart the earring.
- Cut two pieces of chain about 3" each. It's easiest to use your wire cutters and pull a link apart by 'cutting' the slit in the metal that's already there. From there, use your pliers to help pull it open, like a jump ring.
- Attach your pretty bead with a jump ring on either side attached directly to each piece of chain.
Voila! That simple! The clasp works on the chain, so there's no need to add a separate jump ring at the end to use as a closure. I love how fun the iridescent stone looks with the black metal chain. So perfect!
Now let's use the spike from the earring and make a quick necklace with it!
- Spike from earring used above
- 1 medium jump ring
- Extra pieces of chain you've been
hoardingholding on to. If you don't have any, don't fret! Grab an old necklace you no longer wear and re-use it! I like the look of gold and silver chain mixed, so I went with that. I also wanted this to be super long with no closure so it just slips right on over my head. If you'd like yours shorter, make sure to use a clasp!
- Jewelry pliers
- Lay out your design.
- Open a link at the end of one piece of chain and attach it to the other piece. Repeat for the other side.
- Open your jump ring and loop on your charm. Attach it to a link on the necklace (I picked the link where the gold and silver chain meet).
And the finished piece! I love the edginess of this piece, and it's so perfect for layering. I find I have tons of shorter necklaces, so this long one is a great addition. Plus, since it's gold AND silver, it literally goes with anything!
As I mentioned yesterday, the purpose of this mini-series I'm doing this week is not to provide a literal step by step for you to follow and recreate the exact same pieces as I am. It's to encourage you to dig into your closet/drawers/jewelry box and pull out those pieces you no longer use and inspire you to give them a new life as something you'll love to wear!
In case you missed it, here's yesterday's DIY Tortoise Gem Earrings.