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.
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. ;-)