One of my favorite things in the world is jewelry, probably second to books, and not just owning it, but creating, admiring and hunting for jewelry as well. When I was really young, I used to insist I was going to be a gemologist-- something an aunt reminded me of a couple years ago-- and gleaned everything I could learn from gem books, gem magazines and National Geographic specials.
I can't get enough of jewelry, and I see creating jewelry as a major stress reliever,-- used to make it and then sell it through college-- but it isn't just because it sparkles or is expensive (which is what most guys think). I love jewelry for the wonder that goes into creating them deep down in the earth, and then the skill and craftsmanship that goes into forming the gems, metal and jewelry.
I grew up watching my daddy create beautiful things with his hands, and I have always had gotten a lot of pleasure out of creating things myself. So lately, I Have been really wanting to make some jewelry of my own again, but my beading and implements supply is seriously depleted. I have not restocked it in a long time, and I have made gifts for friends and family for two years in a row, without adding anything new.
I am pretty much left with bits and parts from other projects. So, I have gone fishing for parts. One of the things I love to do is to take people's old jewelry, things they have discarded or no longer wear, tear them apart and make beautiful new pieces. I know a lot of people on Etsy have fancy names for this, but I just call it making jewelry.
I keep looking at these jewelry making classes, that teach you how to weld and cast, and considering them, but my brother knows how to weld so I am hoping he can show me the basics on a super small scale. For now though, I have been hitting the thrift, consignment, and resale stores like crazy. I have found that the same piece goes for three times less in a resale shop as it does in a consignment shop.
The other day the girls and I stopped in a consignment shop that had jewelry from Claire's that was more expensive than the retail price (tags still on with price marked). Most days I just come across crap, but then there days were I hit the jackpot. For now, I am looking, thinking up things in my head and collecting a little pile. Some of the pieces I am finding, I am happy with the way they are now, and they totally can be used as is or added to something else.
Here are three recent find, and I have to apologize for the quality because I was trying to do this on the scanner and I have not figured out how to improve the quality on the new one.
This scan did not turn out nearly as good as the piece looks. It is a gold-tone pin in two different parts. The inside piece is the largest and includes the petals and the center which is on a prong. The outside piece is basically a thin metal cutout in the shape of petals that rests beneath the solid petals. I love the open contrast and I think it would look great alone or as part of another piece. Paid $1 for it.
This piece ended up being my favorite find in the last couple weeks because of all the detail that went into making a small pin. There are actually four layers of interwoven, metal petals on this flower pin. A tiny pearl is in the center and the final layer of petals are alternating between two separate discs. Paid about $1 for it. Love it!
The twins actually brought these home for me one day. I have no clue were they got them or what they paid for them, but I love the look. They are flower shaped silver earrings made from a single piece of twisted silver. I wear them a lot, and of course, the twins are very happy to see me do so.
I have so many more pieces that I have accumulated in the past week and plan on sharing, but these three are my most recent finds and I can't wait to get the pins matched up with an outfit.
Does anyone else reuse old jewelery? Maybe, I will open another Etsy store one day and get cracking with things on there.