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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!

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A New Year with Some Simple Changes!

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2015 Promises to be Different for Tons of Treasures!  The time has come to let go of our little Brick & Mortar Shop (for now).    Customers that have found the shop totally LOVE it, but there are just not enough of them to justify the means.  Since we have become so successful at Piecemakers over the past few years, it is time to branch out.  What better venue than our own local DRIVING MIZ DAISY?  Tons of Treasures has made the commitment and will be a “regular” vendor at their monthly Vintage Marketplace right here in Mission Viejo at Saddleback College.  Join us there on the second Sunday of the Month!

Driving Miz Daisy

Monthly vintage Marketplace at Saddleback College
Second Sunday of Each Month!

Tons of Treasures will be completing the move to our new “Little Corner Spot” at The Bead Station – still in the Three Flags Center – Unit 34 – in a more “Consolidated Spot!”  Stop by and visit!

Beads

A HUGE Variety of beads and necessary findings can be found for jewelry making at The Bead Station!

Bead Statio

Look Familiar? Tons of Treasures can now be found inside “The Bead Station” still at the Three Flags Center in Laguna Niguel!!

beads inside The Bead Station

Inspiring variety of beads and all sorts of Jewelry making supplies are inside ~ Stop by and check out the treasures!