Trash to Treasure Shrine Pendant

Jan 20, 2014

Broken Salt Shaker

I had a little mishap with a vintage salt shaker and had to keep it because of the way the front section broke. I was thinking it would create a super cute shadow box type project so I hung on to it. Well, the other day as I was looking at it I thought it looked like a shrine. This is when I had a light bulb moment… create a big funky shrine pendant.

The first thing I needed to do was smooth out the sharp edges. I applied soldering tape all along the broken edges and started soldering. Once I had the this as I liked I started digging in my vintage jewelry pieces for perfect rhinestone accents. When at flea markets, antique shops or thrift stores I love looking for broken jewelry pieces as they are perfect to embellish all kinds of projects.

Soldering & Rhinestones

I added a layer of resin sprinkled with silver German glass glitter to the inside back of the shaker then let it cure over night. Once the resin was cured I altered one of my handmade Frozen Charlotte dolls to fit inside the shaker. I attached the doll using E6000. To fill some of the excess space inside I added a few sprigs of vintage flowers.

I created the hanger for my pendant using a piece of 20 gauge wire. I cut a piece of wire about 4 inches long with wire cutters,  then wrapped the wire around the tip of my needle nose pliers so once I thread the wire through the top of the shaker lid it would stay in place. Next, I created a loop in the wire about a 1/2″ from the top of the shakers top and started wrapping the excess wire around and around. Once the hanger was finished I attached some rosary type pearl bead chain and tied a knot of seam binding, lace and scallop trim.

Shrine Pendant

I love this shrine pendant so much I believe I could wear it every single day. Now I just wish I could break another shaker just like this one so I can make another.


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