Sunday, April 3, 2011

Broken jewelry cross

 
 
A couple of months ago I stumble across this great find in an antique shop:


A large vase full of jewelry! Some of it's broken and some of it is completely wearable as is. 

See all the goodies:

 
 

I repurposed some black faceted beads for my Stella and Dot knock off from this stash. I also intend to make myself a broken jewelry letter like the ones Tip Junkie has featured. I haven't gotten around to that yet, but I do have a wooden "F" in my stash of other things from a project that was never done and now abandoned, so one day I'll have a cool initial on my craft room door.

 What I HAVE gotten around to is a broken jewelry cross. I picked up a wooden cross at Michael's for a dollar. I wanted to alter/decorate it some way for Easter decor but didn't really know how when I first bought it. Then this idea came to me.... and I LOVE IT.

A shell necklace and these other pieces became the final product (Please excuse the lovely background in the second photo- this was a late night project completed on the craft room floor- sales papers make excellent work surfaces- fold and throw away the mess when you're done.)



Here it is:



I first painted the cross white. I glued on jewelry and buttons and then glued it to a piece of cardboard cut to fit my frame and covered with a piece of cardstock. I would have liked to have used fabric but I didn't have any in the stash that was the color I wanted. The frame is a repurpose too. It started life as a green and gold frame. Now with the help of Krylon fusion it is white.  I have the cross displayed on my mantel. When all the mantel Easter decor is complete I'll share that too.

What have you repurposed lately? I'd love to know.

Have a great week. I'll be linking this up to my favorite parties listed below:


11 comments:

  1. This is so cool! I'm trying to find good decor ideas for lent and this is definitely going to be on my to-do list (smaller version though since the frame I have is a little small).

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  2. Lucky you with such a fabulous find, and then using them to embellish the cross, fantastic idea!

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  3. Wow, that IS a great find!! There are so many things you can do with old jewelry pieces. Your cross is nifty! : )

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  4. What an amazing find at that shop! Great use of the items to cover the cross - shiny things reflecting the goodness of Easter.

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  5. I love that idea!!! I have lots of cute, sparkly, broken jewelry that I haven't been able to part with. That's a wonderful way to use it.

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  6. Broken jewelry can be used for all kinds of scrapbook and craft project embellishments. Search yards sales, thrift stores, etsy, and ebay for huge lots of it.

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  7. This is so lovely! How creative! You have a beautiful blog.

    {HUGS}!

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  8. Oh, my..that is beautiful! You did such a great job!!! Thanks for sharing this week!

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  9. I love that cross! I've been wanting to make something special from my grandmother's old costume I hope you'll stop by the Tuesday To Do party and share it!

    http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2011/04/tuesday-to-do-5-and-4-list-makers.html

    Smiles!
    Jamijewelry and this would be perfect.

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  10. what a great idea!! And it is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing & linking up with Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings. www.ladybug-blessings.com

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  11. This turned out sooooo beautiful!

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