Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Repurposed Beads

I collect old jewelry. I usually wear it as is, but sometimes I buy something vintage and just don't like it when I get it home. Wooden beads look so good when I see them in a shop, and yet when I get them home they are "clunky and tacky" instead of "funky and hip". This is perhaps a solution to my problem. If not a solution, at least it got the creative juices flowing.

1980's wooden bead necklace, inexpensive and always easy to find

I took the wooden bead necklace apart and painted them in Halloween colors and painted some pumpkin faces, put a wire through them and made a big clunky bead. It looks sorta like a house with a Jack O' Lantern on top. I had to make one of the cone shaped beads from Sculpey, since I only had two.

I plan on taking my sister and our friend, a collection of beads that can be worn on a leather or cloth cord. My sister cannot have metal touching her skin, so she wears very little jewelry. I usually make her something for her desk, but I think she might go for this idea. I made three very similar and thought it would be fun for all of us girls to sport the same kind of bead.

I don't know if I can get a holiday pin on DH, but that's a possibility, also.

Well, that's all for now. Take care and show us your art!


Linda said...

Great job at repurposing. I also love to get vintage and junk jewelry and re use it. So much fun.

Amy Sullivan said...

Come on~ your DH would proud to wear one of your fun holiday creations~: )
Just ask him, then post a picture.
~they are very sweet~Amy~

Kims Art said...

How cleaver is that! love it!

Jeanne Rhea said...

What a great idea! Cute, too!