“B” is for Broken

2 Apr

Club Creative Studio loves broken jewelry! And why? Because it is a challenge to take the unwanted pieces and fix or assemble and arrange elements in a new and exciting way.  I often create jewelry art from custom requests and I encourage people to look for or consider using items to incorporate from what they may already have.  Miscellaneous vintage, broken and mismatched metals, gems, rhinestone and beads make beautiful additions to use in a new item. It also turns trash into tiny treasures.

There are a few situations where creating a upcycled product is a bit nerve-racking. I was once handed a strand of crystal faceted beads and asked to take the necklace apart and create separate items so that the new creation could be worn to a family wedding.  The original necklace was very old and was not the style or correct length for this person to wear.  The outcome I made was going to be worn to be symbolic of the representation of a great-grandmother’s presence at the ceremony. Talk about pressure! I needed to make this item just right for sure!

As it turned out, a simple re-strand and added similar crystals brought the original necklace back to life and gave it a second chance to be enjoyed in the forms of a shorter necklace and a matching bracelet. The customer was happy, the memory of great-grandmother was preserved and the once single strand necklace became a two piece family keep-sake.

Transforming an older necklace strand into something new is a welcome challenge for Club Creative Studio. I call it a Upcycle Challenge".

Let’s look at this necklace  as an example of what I did to “up cycle” it.  It was transformed into two new separate items that were enjoyed from the once older unused necklace. Fun!

Inspired by the old beads, I gathered a collection from my stash beads to create the new items. This is a gathering of mixed metals, glass, and hand-rolled polymer clay beads from Club Creative Studio.

The results of combining the older beads and items I felt gave new life to the new items created.

Take time to see what hidden treasures you may have that can be repurposed into something you can rediscover as a modern jewelry piece.

For additional views of hand-made jewelry art from Club Creative Studio, please visit:

http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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5 Responses to ““B” is for Broken”

  1. clubcreativestudio April 2, 2012 at 11:58 PM #

    Thank you Elaine, it is great to upcycle, recycle and repurpose whenever possible!

  2. e1aine April 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM #

    Fantastic use of old beads. Lovely.

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