Repurpose Old Jewelry Into Ornaments
We hate to find the life of a wonderful sparkly item of jewelry finish only because fashions have changed, a link gets bent or broke or a rock is now loose or lost. Whether it is sentimental fashion jewelry which you wore grandma’s beads or a garage sale find, this tutorial can give you some ideas of how you can exude that glow for the holidays.
Christmas ornaments can be used to decorate the tree, on wreaths, in decorative structures, on present cards and packs or even…MORE bundled together as a housewarming gift or favor. Use your imagination on making and giving these ornaments–and better yet, share the pleasure with family or friends to create a vacation DIY craft tradition.
Ornament creating is a family tradition in my home. One of our favorites was that these decoration and bead ornaments and they’re a terrific way to consume extra craft materials.
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Choosing a antiques Object
For this particular sample project, I selected a stunning royal blue plastic rhinestone necklace that is missing among the stones. The odds of finding a replacement rock are not good, and to tell the truth, this isn’t something I’d get much wear out of.
The necklace is made from cup series, which can be a series of cups using prongs that hold the rocks. The cups are attached by pieces of metal which slide in and outside which makes the chain bend into soft curves and contract and then expand.
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Tools for Disassembling Jewelry
Was evaluate how the necklace could be used by me. Blue isn’t a Christmas vacation color, however, it reminded me of the sparkle of snow and ice. The necklace is also simple and flexible to divide into sections with cuts from a hardware store cable cutter.
Do not use your jewelry making cutters, or even your pliers. Fashion jewellery is created out of various different metals and it can be a lot more difficult to cut. I have a lot of pliers and cutters…MORE which I bought at Harbor Freight which are inexpensive. For this undertaking, I am using 5 inch micro flush cutters.
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Components for Ornaments
After separating the necklace, there are two small pieces of cup chain to create two pieces of cup chain which will become a necklace extender plus ornaments to store for a project.
There is a single wreath element that was used to remove and replace the rhinestone that is lost. These aren’t, although many rhinestones are glued. By carefully bending the prongs back on every cup, I was able to take out the rhinestone, use a dab of E6000 jewellery…MORE glue and put it in the empty cup and then shut the prongs back set up. Refer to this graph of craft and jewelry glue to be find the best one for the materials you’re working with.
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Shaping the Wreath
Into the shape, adjust the material with every piece of chain cut. In cases like this, I am producing a wreath.
About working with cup string, 1 tip is that it is flexible the string is compacted than when it is stretched out and when the linking piece of alloy is slid into the cups. I found this out by trial and error.
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Stabilize the Frame
I had to get a means to make it inflexible, since cup chain is naturally flexible. Out of steel wire, a frame was left by me for the decoration. It’s cable and simpler compared to similar sized aluminum wire. Select a thing that blends with all the decoration and won’t be obvious in the front. In cases like this, I thought that a silhouette was less obvious in the front of the decoration and easier to create. I used dabs of hot glue to attach the frame to the jewellery.
Another alternative…MORE to fasten your jewelry pieces would be to use glue to attach the jewellery components to inflexible felt.
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Add a Ribbon Hanger
Add a piece of coordinating ribbon to hang your ornament. The design of the hanging loop and you decide to attach you’re all personal taste. Into the frame, I used the glue g*n to attach the ribbon, like others and I added it for some ornaments. You may also use wire to make a fancy hook.
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I used the same method to make icicle ornaments. To give the cup chain equilibrium, cut on a piece of wire long enough to stretch the length of the chain. Holding it in position, use glue to fasten the cable to the cup chain.
This piece of cup chain has the extra benefit of a soldered loop on one end. If this was not there, I’d have added a wrapped loop to a single end of the chain to add a ribbon hanger.
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Add a Ribbon Hanger
Slide a length of ribbon to the fold. Line up both ends and tie a overhand knot by building a loop and then pulling both endings. Pull onto the ends to tighten the knot.
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Ornaments from Old Jewelry
The jewelry ornaments look as good as any which you can buy in the shop! If you use jewelry which has items or appeal you stored from a garage sale or thrift shop, you can make memories when you create these ornaments and hang them or talk about them as presents.