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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
Collage Necklace #1 Featuring Skeleton Key and Green Beads
Collage Necklace #2 Featuring Skeleton Key and Pearls and Rhinestones
Collage Necklace #3 Featuring Old Jewelry Findings
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.
Collage Necklace #4 Featuring Repurposed Copper Initial & Paper Beads
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!