J is for Junk, K is for Keepsake

11 Apr

Club Creative Studio takes on many creative challenges daily and there is no stronger challenge than to transform a broken or mis-matched section from one item, and fix or combine it with another to create new item worth keeping.  It is like turning junk into a keepsake, trash into treasure, and placing fun into functional once again.

Today’s blog focus is on two letters of the alphabet J and K. The letter J stands for the “junk”.  Junk might be the word that refers to items in your jewelry box collection that you still have, never wear, and/or can’t seem to part with.  It may include outdated, broken, or mismatched jewelry. Junk is a “strong” word but, junk/aged jewelry can be classified as practically useless even if it still valued in your good taste an associated memories if it is not worn or enjoyed.

Having the opportunity to “up cycle” materials is a welcome challenge for me to turn what was once old into desirable, wearable art once again.

This is an example of an old marble necklace that I was asked to redesign into a few new pieces.

These are a few new jewelry items I created as a “spin-off” from the above family necklace. After my deconstruction, I reworked the design and I was able to create several items from the initial single beaded strand.

The letter K stands for “keepsake”. Keepsake jewelry pieces can be old but can also be in style.  They are sentimental, so you want to keep ahold of them. Jewelry passed on from generations can be considered keepsakes as well as very unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry or custom-made jewelry art. New pieces like those including personalized charms are popular because they have the potential to keep their meaningful attachments or they are personal to the person giving the gift or wearing the item itself.

Club Creative Studio-Custom bracelets created for a wedding party.

Club Creative Studio bracelets were made with custom colors and initial charms attached.

I enjoy the challenge to combine old with new, slightly change or transform ‘junk’ into keepsake status.  To me, jewelry can take on even more uniqueness when it starts from something with history or a personal story. What do you have around the house or hidden in your jewelry box that can be transformed into an improved version? If you are skilled and have an artistic flair or are crafty, then try your hand at repurposing your items. Maybe you too can transform your junk into keepsake items. If you are not able to visualize a concept or desired outcome, drop me a line via the Facebook business page or my e-mail and we can talk about your vision and the item in question to be transformed and up-cycled.

http://www.facebook.com/ClubCreativeStudio

http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

Up-cycled charms and miscellaneous metal parts are seen in these unique items.

Club Creative Studio mixed metal art created from up-cycled charms.

This Club Creative Studio pendant was created with up-cycled charms, findings, buttons, ribbon and beads.

 

 

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3 Responses to “J is for Junk, K is for Keepsake”

  1. clubcreativestudio April 22, 2012 at 3:46 PM #

    Hi Julia, looks like you also have a creative streak going and enjoy clay and color as well. Happy creating!

  2. Julia April 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM #

    Hey there! I’m so glad that I found your blog through the A to Z challenge~ my computer’s power cord broke down just when I found you, before I could bookmark your blog, so I almost lost your link! Thankfully, when it got turned back on your page was ready and waiting for me, still intact. And boy am I grateful for that!

    I am a handmade jeweler, too. And interestingly enough, I used the same “J” word that you did. Too funny!

    Anyhow, love your work and love your blog. As soon as I’m done here, I’m going to follow you officially. I very much look forward to seeing you around, going forward! ❤

    *~* Julia *~* http://beautifullywhimsical.blogspot.com *~*

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