May 27, 2014

Making Jewelry With Pieces Of Vintage Earring, Brooches, Shoe Clips, And Necklaces

Well, now I think I'm a jewelry maker!  ...It all started when I found a jar of keys at an estate sale and decided to transform them to sell at the Polka Dot Flea.


I had seen the key necklaces made by Betsy at My Salvaged Treasures ...Oh my-Oh my; if you don't follow Betsy's blog you are really missing out.  Not only is she a fabulous published jewelry artist, she is a fabulous everything artist!  So creative and one of those bloggers who doesn't know what a superstar she is.  Don't you love modest bloggers?

Well, once I got started making jewelry...I couldn't stop!



Every piece is one of a kind and all were made with vintage jewels:  Bits and pieces of vintage earring, brooches, shoe clips, and necklaces.






I always said I would never try making jewelry.  Well, never say never!   This is the first time I have dabbled in it.   I'm sure if I continue making jewelry I will look back at this-my first attempt-and groan.  But...we all have to start somewhere, right?!

I am going to display the jewelry at the Polka Dot Flea on the top-half of a dress form from Barr Display.  I set the form on a box just high enough for the crinoline to skim the table.  Then used a second crinoline as a table cover.



The bracelets are displayed on rolled up lace and old doilies.

Well, I can cross "jewelry making" off my list. ...Not that I have mastered it by a long (looong) shot; just that I have tried it!  


OMG!!!!  The Polka Dot Flea is just DAYS away!

Happy Creating!
Carol

29 comments:

Terra said...

Oh friend, these will sell quickly, and I think your display is inspired too. Do you sell them online in addition?

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Don't kid yourself Carol, you have done a fabulous job at your first try -- it looks like you're a veteran jewelry designer! The designs are gorgeous, you really have talent (but then we already knew that)! Love the display, too. I found displays to be the most challenging part of my jewelry show. Good luck I know they'll sell like hotcakes! xoKathleen

Cranberry Morning said...

These are fantastic pieces! I've been keeping vintage jewelry that's broken an even picking up pieces cheap at thrift stores, all with the idea that SOMEday I'll get around to making something with them. You've inspired me. These are wonderful!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You've mastered it on your first attempt. I love every one of these beautiful creations and I know your shoppers will be drooling over all of it. Love, love, love your creative display too. Keep going with it Carol, you'll have them wanting more. Thank you so much for your kind words.

Betty Sneeringer said...

I love your jewelry. I hope to get to meet you at the Flea. My daughter and I are planning to come.

Betty

Bente said...

The jewelery is beautiful and very specially. Love them. You are so creative, my friend

Hugs from here

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful pieces, Carol! I love how it all looks. I'd love to have a set up like this with the mannequin and just pick out what I'd like to wear each day. : )

camp and cottage living said...

I'm not at all surprised that you've taken up jewelry making and that it's all turned out so pretty!
I've saved old key and old trinket too. You definitely make me want to try my hand at it now.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You've made some amazing jewelry my friend! I've always loved Betsy's and every thing is unique and one of a kind. Yours is wonderful, too! Way to go! You're going to have such fun! Hugs, Diane

Kathy said...

Don't sell yourself short, Carol, you nailed it. I do follow Betsy and I can imagine she is more than proud to have been your inspiration. Gorgeous results! The display is perfect.

Terry Mann said...

I agree, beautiful pieces Carol.

Good luck at the Flea.

NanaDiana said...

Carol- You did a wonderful job on all those pieces. WOW~ I can't believe you have never made jewelry before. You have a real knack for it....it looks very professionally done.

Happy creating! xo Diana

Melodee said...

goodness. I think I am just going to move to Florida. Then I can come to your flea. Wowzers, your jewelry is adorable!

Roxanne Reinhart said...

Oh Carol, I remember when you posted on my jewelry and you said you'd never be able to make it. Well, I think you just did and may I say that it is fabulous. Absolutely fabulous!!

Curtains in My Tree said...


I like the keys with the do dads rhinestone on them LOL

Julie Shelander said...

I absolutely LOVE the jewelry. I'm inspired, again. "sigh"

I've signed up to follow "My Salvaged Treasures" and look forward to following her. ")
Always a joy to see your latest.
Thinking of you as the show is approaching! You'll have great success!
Julie

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Oh my! I love the jewelry made with the vintage pieces! Another thing your great at. Seem you have the talent of 100~

Cynthia said...

Carol, I love these pieces. The cuff bracelets and that necklace with the faux pearls is gorgeous. I want one!!!

Cynthia

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

Another talent! I'm not surprised. Gorgeous pieces! Can't wait!

Krista said...

Your jewelry is beautiful!! You're so very talented. Thanks for sharing this.

Nancy said...

Oh Carol these are Fabulous!! What are you selling them for? Maybe after the Flea has settled down can we see a Tutorial on some of these?? I agree Betsy is one of the Modest Bloggers, but I know another one too, hmmmm....

Huggs, Nancy

Createology said...

Lovely display and WOW! to your first pieces of jewelry you are creating. Well done Grasshopper!! I am so excited for you to actually give birth to Polka Dot Flea after so many months of gestation and hard work. Creative Polka Dot Flea Bliss Dear...

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol. LOVE these creations. Your jewelry is gorgeous and I know you will sell out!! Your display is awesome. I think you have already mastered jewelry designing. Everything you touch turns to fabulous!!
The big day is almost here!!
Have fun.
XO

Jo Ann said...

They're beautiful..love them all! I agree with Nancy, hope a tutorial will follow!!

nelda said...

Thanks for reminding me of Betsy's blog... I love what she makes, so I had to go and resubscribe. I love that you put the watch faces on the keys; great idea! Crinoline skirts sell really fast for me. Bring extras if you have them. I'm so excited, I wish I could go!

lynn said...

oh, my, carol--these are so cute! your display talents alone are gonna get everything sold:) fabulous!

Ros Crawford said...

WOw!! I'm looking at all this bling like a magpie ... Gorgeous!!! I too have been given a bag full of keys ... one day I'll get around to doing something with them ... you've inspired me!

Ivy and Elephants said...

These are amazing! You can do it all! I just know you are going to do well at the flea!Good luck!
Hugs,
Patti

Anne Jeffries said...

I have a jar full of old keys that need some life breathed into them. Thanks for the inspiration.