Saturday, August 4, 2012

Thrift Store Blog Hop

The big reveal: Better late than never!


I was so excited to participate in Sarah Goode's challenge, Thrift Store Blog Hop. I immediately started looking for a new piece of jewelry from one of the local thrift stores to repurpose. I love to do this! and I do collect old jewelry and odds and ends to rework. But when I set out looking for something new, I found it hard to stay within the price limit of $1.50!

After some looking, I found these earrings for a dollar at a yard sale. 


They were "signed" by the jewelry maker Edwin Berebi, but the posts had been damaged, so I felt justified in turning them into a necklace. 

I started playing with a pleasing arrangement.



They went together fairly quickly, But I wasn't too sure what to do with that last piece. Eventually. I just overlapped things a bit and everything fell into place. 


Now, what to do to finish it? I made some big jump rings, and some wrapped bead sections. I linked them together, then put it aside. It was very pretty (you will have to believe me on that, forgot to take pictures of that step! ) But I had a sinking feeling that my hand made chain was too delicate to stand up to wear. Some sari silk ribbon would be nice, but I I did not have any , and it was now August 2, too late to order anything. I went to the craft store, but they had nothing that seemed suitable, ribbon was too stiff, and not the right color, and buying fabric just to cut a piece off for a ribbon seemed unnecessarily wasteful, and not at all in keeping with out recycling theme. 

Home I went, where I found this.


 Which became this.


Which fit nicely in here.




Somehow, tying off the ends does not seem quite right, but that is a problem to be solved another day!

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13 comments:

  1. love the necklace :) great job.

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  2. I love it!!! Great piece of work!
    I was left off/forgotten from the participant list.
    deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com

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  3. Very nice, love the ribbon. Amazing you got them for $1

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  4. ooh. lovely work!

    And thankyou for taking part :)

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  5. I think you did a great job tying it all together. Further proof why us creative types need a little stockpile at home to draw from, you find the best stuff at home :)

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  6. Good thing you didn't find any ribbon anywhere. What you made looks SO good! The whole thing turned out very pretty.

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  7. Wow! I'm so amazed at what you all did with inexpensive stuff! I truly love the look you achieved with the necklace, and that cloth matches perfectly! I have seen people wire wrap the ends, maybe that would work better for you? Great job!!

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  8. I love it. And your fabric/ribbon fit it perfectly. Nice job.

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  9. Great post!! very informative.
    Thank you very much for such a lovely and informative post.
    Navratna Mala

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  10. Very creative.I love this necklace and the post also :)

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  11. Excellent job, love the look you came up with, I think the original artist would be pleased.

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