Jewelry Maker Day #2

 

 

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You can’t imagine the mess I make when I am working on necklaces!  I need to spread out, I like all my “stuff” to be in sight so tables are littered with jars, containers  and acrylic box frames that hold necklace elements.  I never worry about matching metal colors because I like the whimsy of mixing them.

I only found jewelry elements at garage sales this weekend, so I spent time today using some of the keys and the copper alphabet letters.  I can hardly wait for Friday to see what I will find at garage sales!

 

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The skeleton keys were very easy to turn into pendant necklaces.  I really like making the chains that I call “collage necklaces”.  Collage means to stick different materials to paper, but I have adopted the word collage because I match different lengths and types of chain to become one new chain with beads and elements in between.

 

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I like starting with piles of beads and chains for ideas.

Skelton keys say “romance” to me so I think pearls, crystal beads and rhinestones.  I like to have an idea of how many rhinestones and pearls I can incorporate in a chain so I do some simple math by laying out the chain and seeing how much room is left. The chains are different styles colors and lengths because I chop them up!

 

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I purchase jars of old necklaces at Goodwill or purchase shanks of new necklaces on Etsy.  After I sort them, that is when the chopping begins.  LOL

 

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This is a new chain I got on Etsy.  I order 50 of them at a time!  I like the sturdy lobster clasp on this style but I only need about 3-4″ of the chain to start my collage chain.

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Now I have a good “back” for a collage chain and the extra chain is for dangle earrings or for use in a copper collage necklace.

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Collage Necklace #1 Featuring Skeleton Key and Green Beads

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Collage Necklace #2 Featuring Skeleton Key and Pearls and Rhinestones

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Collage Necklace #3 Featuring Old Jewelry Findings

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The last jar of necklaces I got at Goodwill was filled with handmade paper bead necklaces and also included some earrings made with the blue wood beads.  I took them all apart and thought it would be fun to use them with the copper initials.

 

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Collage Necklace #4 Featuring Repurposed Copper Initial & Paper Beads

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Collage Necklace #5 Featuring Repurposed Copper Initial & Paper Beads

It was fun to play with the beads and chains.  It has been a while since I made jewelry and so I spent some time going through all my stuff.  My husband saved some Costco egg cartons for me and I sorted my beads.  LORDY!  I have too many beads.  SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…..I am having an earring marathon and will be making as many earrings as I can.  Wish me luck!

Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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