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Buying Trip to the Pacific Northwest ~ Did I mention that I LOVE Trees and Rivers?

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No wonder my husband is always mentioning how much he loves northern California compared to where we live in so Cal!

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northern California redwood trees along the highway

antique Barn

For the Love of Old Barns

First Elk Sighting in Oregon

First Elk Sighting in Oregon

TREES OF MYSTERY   Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox

TREES OF MYSTERY Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox

 

We just returned from a the Great Shopping Road Trip to the Northwest and it was great!

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Love the names of some of these places!

Redwoods and Rivers are my newest favorite things!

Talk about a truckload of Treasures, we had to come home because we were running out of room!

Loads of New OLD treasures

The GREAT NORTHWEST Shopping Trip

I heard that Oregon was the number one state for Garage Sales and now I understand why!  Every vintage suitcase that we bought was filled with smalls by the time we got home…

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Vintage Bracelets from Vintage Jewelry ~ I Just Had to Make My Own! (Tutorial Included)

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Vintage Bracelets from Vintage Jewelry ~ I Just Had to Make My Own! (Tutorial Included)

I Love vintage Jewelry and sell an awful lot of brooches. Many of the pieces that are in the collection have coordinating earrings (clip-on earrings) and they are all great pieces of craftsmanship. Well, many thanks to my friend, Jenifer, for the inspiration and encouragement that led me to finally make these bracelets. I am relieved to say that they actually turned out as good as I had hoped, maybe even better!

Brief Tutorial for making bracelets from vintage earrings:

Supplies: Variety of small brooches and large earrings (OK to use broken pieces here, since the backs are to be removed anyway)
Bracelet Blanks (these are available locally from the Bead Station in Laguna Niguel)

bracelet blanks available locally at the Bead Station in Laguna Niguel

DIY Vintage Earrings turned into Retro Bracelet TUTORIAL!


2-part clear epoxy
sand paper
saran wrap or silicone mat
Sorted vintage earrings and brooches for repurposing

DIY Vintage Earrings turned into Retro Bracelet TUTORIAL!

Process: Sort out your jewelry pieces (mine are sorted by metal & stone colors)
Select a combination of pieces that will work with one of your bracelet blanks ie: blue
stones with silver colored settings to use on a silver colored bracelet blank.

Remove pin backs and earring backs from jewelry pieces

Sand backs to smooth (I also sanded the bracelet blanks to give the glue more bite)

Use a Covered Board to Work on

DIY Vintage Earrings turned into Retro Bracelet TUTORIAL!


Line up the exact order of the jewelry pieces and the bracelet blank on a saran wrap covered board

Mix the 2-part epoxy and mount the jewelry pieces on the bracelet blank (make sure that the right
side is “up” on the bracelet blank) It will set-up in 5 minutes

Blue Repurposed Earring Bracelet

DIY Vintage Earrings turned into Retro Bracelet TUTORIAL!

Gray Repurposed Earring Bfracelet

DIY Vintage Earrings turned into Retro Bracelet TUTORIAL!

Pink Repurposed Earring Bracelet

DIY Vintage Earrings turned into Retro Bracelet TUTORIAL!

Gold Repurposed Earring Bfracelet

DIY Vintage Earrings turned into Retro Bracelet TUTORIAL!

Green Repurposed Earring Bracelet

DIY Vintage Earrings turned into Retro Bracelet TUTORIAL!


First 6 bracelets – many more to come!
Retro Bracelet from Vintage Earrings

DIY Vintage Earrings and Brooches turned into Retro Bracelet Free DIY TUTORIAL!

Allow to cure 24 hours ~ That’s it!

The first half dozen are destined to go into the shop tomorrow ~ Tons of Treasures in Laguna Niguel!

” I Love Rock and Roll…”

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Today has been a blast in our shop, Tons of Treasures in Laguna Niguel.  Visitors comment on how much they love our eclectic collection of treasures.  But, I keep forgetting to mention the “Back Room” full of Rock and Roll Treasures.  The back wall is full of Vintage and Classic Rock.  We have collected since these records were new, and have amassed quite a variety.  My favorites have always been “Top 40” and my husband likes the “Deep Tracks”.  No matter what your favorites are, more than likely, you will find something special here…