Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Vintage Earring Bracelet

Can you stand another post about jewelry?
I hope so...
I saw a post recently on a blog called Dishfunctional Designs 
about making bracelets out of vintage things like buttons and beach glass and earrings
(click here to see all the amazing ideas)
and thought I would try to make one of my own.

I love costume jewelry- You may remember my collection of vintage basket pins 
Now, it seems, I have gone on to collect earrings.

I went antiquing with Kim of County Line Road on New Years Day.  
It's an annual EVENT for us, something we look forward to every year.  
Click here to see what Kim scored that day....
So Jealous....

I spent our day together sorting through trays of vintage jewelry, looking for earrings that I liked 
and that would coordinate with each other to make a pretty bracelet.  
That was harder than you might think.  
There are a lot of ugly old earrings out there.
I did come up with enough pretty earrings to make four bracelets, 
some in silver tones and some in gold.  

Here are the silver toned earrings- before I started to tear them apart for the bracelet:

Here are the goldtone earrings I collected for this project:

Here's a closeup of some of the silver ones.  So pretty.

Lots of detail in each earring.
Little works of art.

Here's the finished bracelet!

I pried the backs off of each earring and glued them to bracelet blanks 
and then linked them together.
That's as much of a tutorial as I am going to do here.  
I find that pictures of projects in progress are often kind of ugly 
and I certainly can't have that!
The link above to Dishfunctional Designs 
contains all the info you need to make your own.

Of course, I had to add a little charm bead to the end of the chain.  
I did this on the last two bracelets I showed you, too. You can see them here and here.

The charms on the ends make a nice polished look.

I love using vintage things in a new way.  
I would never wear any of these earrings as earrings- too grandma for me- but I will wear this bracelet.  
It sure makes a statement.
  Darling Daughter tells me "Statement" jewelry is all the rage.  
It's good to have these youngsters around to tell us what's cool!

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  1. I think it's an art to take vintage pieces which you'd never consider wearing as they are for their original intended purpose and giving them a new life in a hip design and new application. Nicely photographed. I agree each piece is a little work of art.
    Have a good week,

  2. I love these - so very pretty and unique too :-)

  3. Oh my gosh your jewelry is always so gorgeous. What you do with vintage pieces is really an art forms. Quite pretty and unique.

  4. What a beautiful new life you gave those vintage earrings. I love your honesty that you couldn't possibly post any how to pictures because they weren't pretty enough :). Your jewelry collection must be very impressive. I hope you have lots of occasions to wear all the beautiful pieces you have made.

  5. Your jewelry is so original! Love it! New Follower!


  6. What a terrific idea for using old clip on earrings!

  7. I love this! Thank you for sharing the great idea. Patti

  8. Erin,
    They turned out great! Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures.

  9. Love that you took time to find just the right pieces...and your focus while shopping! I love vintage jewelry! Great job! New follower.

  10. That's a great way to use vintage jewelry! So pretty!

  11. It's so beautiful! What a great idea! I'll have to keep my eyes open for pretty earrings!

  12. i'm crazy about vintage costume jewelry and have sold a bunch in my etsy shop!

    so happy to find your sweet blog via the party!

    when you have a moment, we'd love to have you stop by to say hi!

    smiles to you.

    hello lovely inc.

  13. I absolutely love that bracelet. What a wonderful idea. I have lots of vintage jewelry and earrings I could be putting to good use. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  14. It's gorgeous. I have some of those same style earrings that belonged to my mother and I love to just feel the history. The clips in the back look so painful.

  15. What a great idea. I have a jar of old earrings laying around somewhere, I'll have to dig them out!

  16. Love this and I have quite a lot of vintage earrings.

  17. These vintage bracelets are so pretty--I want to try making one now!

  18. I love your work... I thought the last bracelet was my very favorite.... no... this one is !!!! I am the mother-of-the-groom in April and I would LOVE to wear a bracelet like this!!!! I must make one!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Just love this, and I have tons of old "ear bobs" to use. (did you ever hear them called that?)

  20. Erin, thanks so much for visiting. I don't think you are in the neighborhood of that house. Interesting that it was owned by one of Atlanta's lady architects who knew just how to keep the place looking great. Best wishes, Terry

  21. Beautiful! And what a great idea! I have earrings that were my grandma's just sitting in my jewelry box bc I'll probably never wear them, but I would totally wear that bracelet! I found you through Craftomaniac. Thanks for sharing!

  22. So adorable!!! Brilliant idea! Thanks so much for sharing it! I'd love for you to visit my blog.
    Have a fabulous day!

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  23. Just beautiful Erin! Thanx for sharing at THT.

  24. Oh....but I would definitely wear these as earrings! I love vintage earrings; and I don't have pierced any more, so the clips are great for me. Let me know if you ever have any still intact: I just might be over!

  25. Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
    Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Here's the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.http://lenettacarnes.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekly-goals-linkup-html

  26. This turned out so pretty! I'm going to be on the lookout for old earrings so I can make one for myself. So very unique!

  27. So beautiful!!! I totally want to make this. Well done!!! (Sarah from Craft QUickies)

  28. I love your bracelet...so pretty! I would love to feature it on my website if you submit it! Feel free to submit other projects as well!

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative

  29. Thanks so much for sharing how you made these! I would love to try to make one! Hugs!


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