Remaking Old Jewelry Into New
Take broken or outdated jewelry pieces and convert them into something new. This is a guide about remaking old jewelry into new
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This post contains information on how to remake existing or broken piece/pieces of jewelry into something fresh and new without spending a dime.
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: I bracelet set
- 1 null pair needle nose pliers, Hobby Lobby - I already had my tools. ($3.00)
- 1 pair flat nose pliers from Dollar store - I already had my tools ($1.00)
- 1 pair wire cutters from Michaels - I already had my tools. ($5.00)
- 3/4 inch eye pins - found at a thrift shop for 50 cents for 100 ($.50)
- jewelry pieces you might have on hand - You can use previous pieces, or broken jewelry. ($0)
- I used existing jump rings from the center piece. ($0)
- Collect what pieces you are going to use. I had two pairs of earrings and one set missing an earring.
- I start with the single earring first. It was easier to take apart. Using my needle nose pliers, I remove the fish hook from the eye pin. To remove the bead chips I use my flat nose pliers to straighten the eye pin. This made it easier to remove the bead chips.
- I now had the end piece to work with. It will now be the center for my bracelet with the remaining beads (arrows) that are left on, to help form the bracelet.
- I next tackle the pair of earrings with the "hook" on the end. I remove the fish hooks as before and straighten the pin to remove the beads. After having removed the beads, one of the glass beads broke "sad face". I still have another one to work with.
- Now I want to take just the bottom bead, fish hooks from the top, and take out the eye pins of the second pair of earrings. What I am left with is eye pins, hooks, and the "hook" bottom from the first pair of earrings. Everything can be reused.
- Now it is time to assemble the remaining pieces. I remove the bottom beads from the cross earring and the bottom beads from the center piece. Those clear beads had head pins and need to be used as a end piece. I am left with the one pair that has a cross on the end. The beads I took off will be attached later. I can now attach the cross earrings to either side of the center piece. I still have one clear bead on both sides to help extend the bracelet.
- I want a little more embellishment on the bracelet, so I add some more beads to the center piece. I start by opening the eye pin so I can attach it to the center piece. I now can attach the glass bead that I did not break (still sad face). I bend the pin into a loop to close the bead.
- Next I want to add a jump ring to the end of the glass bead, that way I can add multiple beads. I wanted to add those beads that I had left over to the center piece so when I wore the bracelet it would swing. I add the two two clear beads and the beads from the end of the cross earrings.
- That is not the end of the left over beads. I still need to finish the bracelet. I now can concentrate on the other pair of deconstructed earrings. I pick the glass blue balls to attach to the other end of the cross earrings. I use the other eye pins to attach the glass balls to ends of the bracelet.
- Next attach the closure. Add a jump ring to attach a spring back closure.
- The Earrings - The "hook" portion that was left over from the other earrings. I took off the beads. As you can see by the arrows, I have two holes on the hook. I decide to bend the hook for a little variety.
- Now I need to re-attach the beads, but with a twist. I want the beads to be nestled in the loop that was made. I attach those beads to the first hole. Once I had that secure, I want to attach an eye pin the second hole. After putting on another bead, I bent the pin so that I could attach another eye pin.
- I kept adding eye pins and beads. And finally I add a fish hook to finish the earring off by closing off the eye pin and attaching the hook.
- I still had some beads left over. I decided to add those to the center piece for more jingle.
- Now you have a complete set, ready to wear. I did not have to add any additional beads and all the beads from the earrings were used. I still have eye pins and fish hooks left over to make something else.