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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  It may include outdated, broken, or mismatched jewelry.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.

 

 

“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.

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