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Friday, April 29, 2011

ANYONE UP FOR SOME EASY FASHION JEWELRY?

Hello, everyone!  So glad to be back with another DT project/tutorial being featured today at Pam's  as well as here to share with you.

Before getting started I'd also like to, again, acknowledge those in the southern areas affected by the horrific and devasting storms; my thoughts and prayers are very much with you all.

Well, it seems like jewelry-making is making a fast comeback, and I'm loving getting more into it also (especially using resin).  Anyway, that being the case and having little time these last several weeks to do much crafting, I needed a fast and easy project for this month;  I thought "why not some quick and easy jewelry".  I have lots of old jewelry pieces and findings, so after sorting through some of what I have, it didn't take much thought to come up with this super easy fashion jewelry set of a bracelet, ring, and pendant:

Isn't this pretty and wouldn't it be a great gift for someone?  Even for yourself?!!!  Well, if so, this is probably the easiest and fastest tutorial I've done for you yet! 
Searching through some old pieces, I settled on an old broken necklace that had some really pretty smokey quartz looking gems on it.  I used wire cutters and cut away several of the gems to use for this project:


Here are the other items I used:
  • Pendant chain
  • Ring blank (this one I purchased from Michaels)
  • Cheap cuff bracelet (found mine at one of those cheap little jewelry stores you find in most shopping malls.  An inexpensive bangle can also be used.)
  • Glue-on bails (I usually make my own simple wire wrapped bails; however the one I used on this pendant chain I purchased at at Hobby Lobby. Both bails are pictured above though.)
  • E-6000 glue (glue must be a very strong adhesive)
Now here's all I did:  for the pendant, I simply glued the bail to the back of one of the gems and inserted the pendant chain through the bail; for the ring, I glued a gem onto the ring blank; and for the cuff bracelet,  I glued a  gem onto the center of the bracelet.  That's it!!!  Told you it was easy!!!  Now it's your turn!!!  You probably have some old and odd items already have around the house!

I've old jewelry findings I've found at flea markets, dollar stores, some donated from family and friends, Walmart, even items I've found on the street!  Thrift stores are great for finding old jewelry/findings.  I even have some old buttons and hardware store items which would make great jewelry, and you can get a package with a bunch of colored gems from Walmart for almost pennies.  I collect and save everything --old, broken, etc.!!!  Tools and additional supplies I've purchased from Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Etsy, Walmart, and on-line craft suppliers.

I hope you like my jewelry set!  If so, keep an eye on my blog where I'll be doing several quick and easy mixed media pieces with some really odd items.  And I'll have tutorials on how to make "your own" bails, attaching connectors, and more -- so you'll be able to get more ideas to make your own!  Now gather all those old pieces you have around the house you thought you were going to trash and start making jewelry; just don't throw them away!

Think I'm going to run now to cut off 2 more gems, glue on some earring backs for a matching set of earrings...LOL!!!  Now that would really be a complete set!!!

Thanks for joining me today, hope you'll try this simple jewelry making!

I'll be seeing you!

18 comments:

Monique Barr said...

Just awesome, I love it

Pam aka TheBugBytes said...

What a lovely project and a great way to recycle old jewellery by using the gems. TFS

Ohhh Snap said...

Very pretty!! I have trouble "re-purposing" old jewelry unless it's broken beyond repair. No problems repurposing newer stuff though :D. Looking forward to your tutorials! TFS :D

Love That Bug said...

Audrey,
Is there anything you can't do. I absolutely love this, it truly is stunning.
Fantastic job
Hugs
Stacy

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Audrey this is GORGEOUS! Love the look of this jewlery.... Makes me want to check out what I have at home that I could turn into Gorgeous like this! TFS

Lori Apgar said...

These are gorgeous Audrey!!! Your talents amaze me my friend!

Sandi Cl~ said...

Gorgeous jewelry set. I still have some of my old supplies .. could jump back in to this soooo easily but guess I'd better stick with scrapping since I have sooo many supplies. Happy weekend!

~BridgetL~ said...

super cool Audrey. Now that Im losing weight I just might be able to wear a braclet as cute as this one.

Brenda said...

Hehehe, a girl after my own heart. I love going to garage sales or junk shops looking for old jewelry and remaking it into something "new". Love the pieces and the smokey quartz is sooo rich looking. Fabulous!!!

Beebeebabs said...

You did a nice job Audrey and very creative!

Besthobbyeva said...

Wow, Audrey. I would have NEVER thought of this. What a wonderful, wonderful idea! Your "new" jewlery came out awesome! I just love it. Thanks for showing this to us! I love how you think outside the box my friend!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Take care,
Laurie

Dawnll said...

Jewelery??? I love jewelery- I am always fascinated by people that can make such unique and beautiful pieces.
blessings to you, Dawn ll

Rhonda Emery said...

really pretty great job

Sandy from Ukiah said...

If this isn't the cutest set ever.. I am so glad you were able to take a few minutes for yourself to play..You come up with the cutest projects.

I left Thursday and went to Napa to see Aunt Eloise then onto Rocklin to the Cricut Club at the Green Tangerine.. Judie, one of the ladies I have met over there invited me to spend the night at her house so I wouldn't have to drive home last night.. it was so nice not to have to drive home 3 1/2 hours.. but we stayed up till after 1am just talking. lol We got up this morning and talked till about noon... I stopped at Costco in Santa Rosa and got home around 5ish today... I just had sooo much fun.. but with the price of gas i am afraid my days of running over to Rocklin will soon be coming to an end. :-( hoping you had a fun day my friend. hugs

Angi @ CokiePop said...

WOWZA.....GORGEOUS jewelry creations Audrey. Love that bracelet. You are so talented. :)

Ladybug said...

Beautiful, my dear friend. :-)

p.s. I have a Blog Award waiting for you on my website.
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Jean said...

Very pretty!

MsJay said...

Awesome jewelry!