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.

Hugs!

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  • http://craftypinkanchor.blogspot.com Kim

    Gorgeous jewelry!

  • http://linda-neff.com 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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mandyfarmerthompson 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?

    • http://lisapace.com/ 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.

    • http://lisapace.com/ 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!

    • http://lisapace.com/ 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.

      http://lisapace.com/2010/12/more-bracelets/

  • 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.

    • http://lisapace.com/ 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.

      http://lisapace.com/2010/12/more-bracelets/

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