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So, today I am researching new ways to reinvent old jewelry. I have found that I had tons of old jewelry laying in the bottom of my jewelry box. I figured I would break them down and then recreate new pieces recycling older one. So far I am liking the results and the idea of recycling because it costs next to nothing to create new pieces. WIN WIN!!

I have been going to thrift stores or second hand shops to dig in their jewelry bins. I have found some great finds lately. I design on a budget and if there is something in those binds I can use somewhere else I do so. You never know what you can find when searching in these kinds of stores. You may come across a glass bead or a finding that is already being used in a hidiuos jewelry piece, don't be afraid to buy it then get home and rip it apart just to create yourself your own masterpiece! ^_^

Here is a couple of pieces I finished recently. 

 

I used some new jumprings to make these pieces but old stones and findings from an old out of date piece of jewelry I found in my mom's jewelry box...Don't worry, she let me dig around in her treasure trove of goodies so I can make her new pieces too... LOL ^_^

 

So, if you have any ideas are useful information for me please leave a comment. Thanks!!

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Comment by Linda Marie Owens on July 29, 2011 at 11:14am
I will be looking forward to seeing your creations, Jane. Nice deal on that quartz! I love upcycling!!! ^_^
Comment by Jane Kirk on July 29, 2011 at 8:16am

Hi Linda

I visited a 'Car Boot' sale at the weekend and found some fabulous victorian jewellery, lots of semi-precious stones and other unusual beads.  At first I was loath to break down the pieces but once I did then the ideas came flooding to me.  I bought a 20" string of Rose Quartz for $1.60, it would have cost at least $8 from a shop. 

I have also found that this way I end up with beads that I would not ordinarily buy, for example, donunt shapes and wooden beads, but I am so looking forward to working with them.

Comment by Jennifer Davis on June 18, 2011 at 6:20pm
what a great idea! I may do something similar soon. :-)

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