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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  1. love the necklace :) great job.

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

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

  4. ooh. lovely work!

    And thankyou for taking part :)

  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 :)

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

  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!!

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

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

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

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