Rejuvenated Jewels: New Designs for Vintage Treasures
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Learn where to find fabulous vintage jewelry, beads, and artifacts—and how to create stunning one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces using these amazing finds—with Rejuvenated Jewels! Rhinestone beads and clasps, mercury glass beads, oxidized metal chains, rosary beads, tiny book charms and more are retooled into fabulous statement pieces with Victorian and steampunk influences that can be worn every day.
of Memories Necklace Beads • crystal beads: 5 mm (2); 8 mm (2) • freshwater pearls: 3 mm (8) • rhinestone dangles: 5 mm (2) Findings & Found Objects • • • • • • This mother-of-pearl and velvet heart souvenir was sent to me by a friend. The package was lost in the mail for nearly six months; just when I had given up hope of ever receiving it, a brown envelope appeared in my mailbox. The heart inside the package was more beautiful than I had imagined. A piece this unusual deserves to be the
Objects Into Pendants When I received the heart shown on this necklace, it was not part of a pendant. Turning it into one was as easy as sewing the rhinestone connectors in place. There are a few ways to turn found objects into pendants, including soldering and wire wrapping. Instructions for these techniques can be found in beading guides and online. Rejuvenated Jewels 01148_C1.indd 040_061 01148.indd 56 56 11/4/08 10:52:46 AM 10/21/08 3:35:08 PM Text Job:01148 Title:Rejuvenated
wirewrapped loop, then make a wire-wrapped loop on the opposite side of the baroque pearl. 4. Cut one 4-inch (10.2 cm) piece of wire. Wire wrap one end of the wire to the top right loop on the clasp. In this order thread Beads • baroque pearls: 12 mm (6) • garnet gemstone beads: 6 mm (4); 12 mm (2); 18 mm (2) • mother-of-pearl beads: 4 mm (4) • ruby zircon gemstone beads: 12 mm (2) Findings & Found Objects • book locket: 20 x 25 mm • jump ring: 7 mm • rhinestone centerpiece (3½ inches [8.9 cm])
rosary chain and the crystal bead chain to the left side of the decorative pin. Wire wrap the opposite end of the 122 9. Attach the round mother-of-pearl connector to the end of the chain. Alternative Materials When I found the ligree pendant, I couldn’t wait to incorporate it into a new design. Instead of searching for items that closely resemble those shown here, consider looking for unusual items that are meaningful to you. Also consider how the various elements can be attached—should the
those beads. Making a Wire-Wrapped Loop 1. Using flat-nose pliers, bend the wire to the right at a 90-degree angle, 1 inch (2.5 cm) in from an end. (See Fig. A.) A B 2. Using round-nose pliers, pinch the wire at the bend. Wrap the wire around the roundnose pliers then remove the pliers. (See Fig. B.) If needed, attach the circle to the desired piece, such as a chain, pendant, or another wire-wrapped piece. 3. Using flat-nose pliers, pinch the opening of the circle together. Using another pair