Beau Dangles

Handcrafted Jewelry — Designed to be Different

After

Everything Old Is New Again

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A trip to a thrift store is like a treasure hunt. I never know what I’m going to find. Which makes it even more fun.

I was out at the Coast last week and spent several happy hours browsing through leftovers, give-aways and no longer wanted items.

At one store I found these Alaska Black Diamond earrings. Like the Ugly Duckling they didn’t look very appealing. They were long and heavy and clunky.

Ah, but that’s the challenge — could I design something more appealing? Sometimes I buy old jewelry just for the components. This time I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the focal beads.

AfterI brought the earrings home and carefully took them apart. Then I washed and dried everything.

The beads were strung on wire in the original design — I chose a balled head pin instead. The bugle beads added clutter so I set them aside. I topped each “vase” with the original round bead.

The French ear wires added additional length to the original design, making it even more awkward. I opted for post-and-ball findings, to echo the round bead and smooth curves of the focals.

I’m pleased with how they turned out — it’s definitely a case where less is more. ;-)

Author: Sally

Beads? What can I say — they snuck up on me when I wasn't looking. Now I'm hooked.

2 thoughts on “Everything Old Is New Again

  1. I agree, less is more works brilliantly for these, well done!

  2. Thanks, Mrs G … I enjoy re-imagining old pieces of jewelry and finding a way of sending them out into the world again. Perhaps someone, somewhere, will do the same with some of my work in the future … to paraphrase Sonny & Cher, “the bead goes on” ;-)

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