Year In Review ~ Jewelry

Jan 5, 2012

I had lots of fun cre­at­ing neck­laces and bracelets using bro­ken pieces of jew­elry found at flea mar­kets or thrift stores. One of my favorite things to make are bracelets using vin­tage ear­rings. The hard­est part is find­ing ear­rings at a rea­son­able price. It is always so fun when I stum­ble upon a pair dur­ing my trav­els and thrift­ing. For Christ­mas I made my niece Amanda and me match­ing bracelets. She pur­chased three pairs the two blue ones and the rhine­stone shell look­ing one in the cen­ter. Then I scoured antique stores from Texas to West Vir­ginia as well as Flea Mar­kets in McK­in­ney and Win­nie, Texas to Antique stores in Frisco, Beau­mont, Lum­ber­ton and Sour Lake, Texas. Finally, I gath­ered enough for us to have match­ing bracelets. I stamped XOXO on a small sil­ver charm since that is what we have told each other since the day she has been old enough to talk or type.

I also had fun mak­ing the neck­lace out of a Stan­ley Ruler my dad found. I added baubles and vin­tage rosary beads and had this fin­ished in no time flat. The longest part was allow­ing the rhine­stones to dry on top of the ruler sections.

I also enjoyed cre­at­ing unique charms for my neck­laces. All I did was attach vin­tage but­tons onto a bail using E6000. Super sim­ple and super pretty. This charm is so pretty hang­ing off of my vin­tage pearl neck­lace I found for a cheap $5.00 when dri­ving through Ken­tucky, this past summer.

And I need to tell you about a young lady who just opened her own Etsy store. Her name is Annie Pitts. Her Etsy store Ooga Hand­made can be found HERE. I’m always excited to intro­duce a bud­ding entre­pre­neur and when they have tal­ent like Annie it’s super excit­ing. Her bead place­ment and color com­bi­na­tions are awe­some. And I see she has match­ing ear­ring and neck­lace sets too. I expect to see some of her cre­ations in Bead Trends in the future.


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  • Kim

    Gor­geous jewelry!

  • linda

    Really nice! I’d like to try my hand at jew­elry one day.

  • Patti Smith

    Hey Lisa…Love, love this bracelet. I have sev­eral pieces of my Mom’s old jew­erly like this and would love to incor­po­rate it into a bracelet. Won­der­ful keep­sake plus get­ting to wear this beau­ti­ful old jew­erly. Did you buy a bracelet and then “glue” the ear­rings in place. I can’t fig­ure out how you did this by look­ing at the picture.…just won­der­ing as I would love to do this.…as always your work is FABULOUS”.…Hugs..Patti

    • Doris Osburn

      I’ve given old jew­elry new life for sev­eral. Take­ing bro­ken items and con­vert­ing them into french hoop ear­rings for periced ears. I’d love to try con­vert­ing ear­rings into bracelets. Can you clue me in??? I only do this for past time not to resale, so I’m not try­ing to cap­i­tal­ize on your “secret”.
      Good luck, love and prayers, Doris OH!!!

  • robin

    i have bounght vin­tage clip ear­rings and would love to know how you attached them to the bracelet or what you used

    • Lisa Pace

      Robin, I used E6000 adhesive.

  • Mandy Farmer Thompson

    She’s glued some type of round sil­ver disc to the back of the ear­rings after she has removed the ear clips. The disc have the lit­tle bar­rel holes that she has attached the jumprings to so that she can con­nect each ear­ring together. I’m just not sure what those sil­ver disc are, I haven’t ever seen any­thing like that.

    • Lisa Pace

      Hi Mandy, I did not glue any­thing to the back of the ear­rings. These are just as I found them. The disc that you are speak­ing of is part of the ear­ring and can be found in the jew­elry sec­tion of most large craft stores. The holes are so they can thread the wire and beads onto a base (the disc). I just removed the ear­rings clip and glued the ear­rings straight to the top of the bracelet bezel. I hope this helps.

  • mer­isha

    I love the ear­ring bracelet and have the ear­rings but could you tell me where u found the base bracelet. all that I have found the disks are to small. where did u find bracelet with 8 discs.

    • Lisa Pace

      I pur­chased my bracelet base from Hobby Lobby.

      • parvis

        i got one at hobby lobby but it has nine discs instead of 8 like your bra­clest does. did you remove a link? did you have a prob­lem with the discs being to close together?

  • Margo

    Love your bracelet. My ques­tion to you is, did you fill each cup like disk with the E6000 and then attach the earrings?

    • Lisa M. Pace

      Yes, I sure did.

  • Debbi Hig­gins Lofton

    I was given this link, and told there was a tuto­r­ial for the ear­ring bracelet. If there is, I can­not find it. Please help!

  • annette

    hi, I notice that the bases for your vin­tage ear­rings are deep wells, i’ve been using flat bases. How does the ear­ring adhere so well, when it would seem that only the very edges of the ear­rings get the glue to adhere to the base under­neath. thank you.

    • Lisa M. Pace

      The ear­rings I use are slightly curved on the back so the E6000 attaches to the back perfectly.

  • annette

    hi again, is there a tuto­r­ial? thanks again!

    • Lisa M. Pace

      Hi Annette, sorry for the delay in my reply. Below is the link to a tuto­r­ial. Click on the word yes­ter­day in the last para­graph of this post. It will take you to another blog post that has a tutorial.

  • Debbi Hig­gins Lofton

    I have searched for hours, for the tuto­r­ial on the ear­ring bracelet, and can­not find it. Please tell me what I am doing wrong.

    • Lisa M. Pace

      Hi Debbi, here is the link. Click on the word yes­ter­day in the last para­graph of the post. It will take you to another blog post that has a tuto­r­ial. Sorry for the con­fu­sion and delay in my reply.