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Beautiful Bullets Part ll

17 Nov

Have you ever felt the great feeling of being lucky and blessed at the same time?  A new friend made me feel wonderful as she hooked me up with a great supply source.  Club Creative Studio’s blog shares inspirations of creativity. Today’s post shares the story of how the artful journey of my bullet creations came into being.  Using wire-wrapping techniques, beads and clay, I recycled bullets into jewelry art and a few related accessories. When you have the opportunity to creatively transform an unusual item into art, I say…”Go for it”.

Remember how thrilled I was when I wrote about the empty bullet shells that I received from visiting my friend? Janet brought to me many more spent bullets and encouraged me to keep creating from them.  She recently introduced me to the supply source and he told me a few interesting things that I will also share with you here on the blog.

Using empty bullet shells, I created fun recycled art.

Club Creative Studio Bullet Shell Jewelry Art.

Mr. Dan Buckley is a retired police officer. In 1990, Mr. Buckley retired from the Montgomery County Police Department after thirty-three years of dedicated service. He told me about when the force was making a transition from 38 calabar revolvers to the now used 9 millimeter weapons.  “The “bad guys” had more powerful weapons than they did.” So, the transition began. While they needed to train with the new guns, they had to shoot many rounds to get comfortable with the use and power.  They trained weekly and shot many rounds. Mr. Buckley estimates that the hundred men probably fired around 500 rounds each when they were first making the change-over. Times that by 100 officers and that equals 50,000 empty cases!  Dan collected the shells from the ground initially because he planned on reloading them. He did not get around to it.  For nearly 25 years, they remained in a 5 gallon bucket in a corner of his garage. I could not wait to make my artful transformations and I continue to dream up new items that I can incorporate the empty shells into.

Mini bead flowers on wires are ready to be cut for the Club Creative Studio Bullet Shell Vase Pendants.

Club Creative Studio bullet Vase Art.

When Janet told Mr. Buckley about me and the art that I created from her police officer son’s empty gun shells, he offered to give me the bucket so that I could do more creative art! so, whenever I create another item using the shells, I thank the kind heart of Dan for being my generous supply source. It was great timing and great luck to feel blessed with bullets!

Club Creative Studio Bullet Shell Key Rings

I am allowing my mind to wander and expand on other ideas and ways that I can utilize these shells creatively? I have a few creations in the works. If you have any suggestions as to a different way I can use these bullet shells as a new pendant or in a new item, please share your vision. I have a lot of shells to use up! Thank you for sharing your ideas with me.

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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.

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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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