Ive always loved old tin boxes like this and love all manner of sparkly things to put it them! When I was very young my first teacher was absolutely lovely, she was called Mrs Joseph. Mrs Joseph has an old box a bit like this and inside were lots of tiny little parcels wrapped up in coloured tissue paper. Everyone got a turn to go up to the front and pick out a parcel, then they could unwrap it. There were all sorts of random objects from buttons, to broken jewels, watch parts anything you could imagine. On my turn it was a beautiful piece of green glass that had been smoothed by the sea. Mrs Joseph would have a different story for each parcel, mine was pirate treasure wash up on the shore…
This I am convinced is what started me off collecting anything pretty and shiny, in lovely old tin boxes, mostly found at car boots sales. A couple of years ago I got into jewellery making, unfortunately I don’t have the time these days, but I really enjoyed making new pieces from the old. So I thought I would show you some of my designs. I still have all of these except the huge charm necklace, which I wish I had kept now, but it went to a good home!
Vintage cameo cuff bracelet, I just adore the cameo on this and all the broken glittery bits.
This one is quite big so I wear it over a black long sleeve jumper, I love these colours.
This was a huge piece which could be worn as a bracelet or necklace, it was made up from so many different things!
This was just two broken earrings, but I love how they work together, like the cat silhouetted against the moon!
So, don’t throw out any broken or old jewellery recycle or as Vivienne Westwood says ‘do it yourself’. Making jewellery like this is pretty easy all you need is some old junk and a tube of glue suitable for metal, or to make charm braclets jump ring to attach the bits and a pair of mini plyers (all readily available from craft shops and ebay).
(all images and designs are my copyright)
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