Thank you so much for all your sweet notes about my Grandma. They’ve meant so much to me.
Your stories and shared losses have really helped me.
If you missed the first Part of this story, you can read about my Grandma here.
I knew that I wanted to make something for some of Mamoo’s broken jewelry pieces and I thought a necklace would be the perfect thing.
So our teaser yesterday was this jumble of items (that I used most of). . .
And that –
went to this!!
I’m so happy with it. :)
And I realize that this might be a limited-use tutorial – but hopefully these tips will help you with re-purposing jewelry that you have, or that you find at thrift stores or garage sales!
It’s pretty simple too – it’s just taking the useful parts of whatever pieces you like and linking them together.
I started with the pearl necklace.
My grandma was very fine-boned. Her necklaces make me feel like a yeti – minus all the hair. ;)
Also, this was pretty old and I wasn’t sure of the condition of the thread it was strung on. I thought the best thing to do would be to restring it.
I started by cutting the fastener off the end.
I cut two pieces of stringing cord (.25mm) a few inches longer than half of the pearl necklace length. (Since I wanted two strands instead of one.)
I put the cord through a crimp bead, around a jump ring and back through the crimp bead, so that it was looped around the ring.
Gotta love that Macro lens. My fingerprint looks so weird.)
I crimped the bead tightly with flat nosed pliers.
I started moving beads over to the cord, feeding them onto the wire and covering the loose end of the cord with the beads as well.
Once I’d used half the beads, I finished the strand with another crimp bead and jump ring on the other end.
I repeated this process with the remaining beads and added the second strand to the same set of jump rings.
You can use this same process for a whole necklace and just add closure findings on the end to finish it off.
For the second section I removed the damaged link in the blue bracelet. For each of these it just takes looking closely to see how they link together and then clipping that section with wire cutters. (Yes, this was the whole bracelet. Her wrists were ridiculously tiny also.)
I added the two sections together (blue bracelet and new pearl chain) with a jump ring.
Remember to open your jump rings at an angle rather than pulling them open wide.
I closed the jump ring. Two sections complete!
For the next section I seperated two serpentine chains. I wasn’t sure how well these would work, but they clip apart just like a regular chain. The opening that is left on the chain is pretty small though so you’ll need to use fairly thin hardware with it.
I cut off a section of the gold and silver chains (the gold piece was a little longer than the silver) and attached them with a thin jump ring.
I then added this jump ring to the bottom link of the blue piece.
I cut apart the other broken bracelet.
I connected one end of this piece to a jump ring and the other ends of the gold and silver chains.
For the last piece I tried it on and determined how much longer I wanted the necklace.
I detached the closure from the last chain – for most pieces like this you can either cut the ring or just open the jump ring with your pliers.
I cut two pieces of chain the length that I wanted and added them to the crystal section with a jump ring.
I alternated using gold and silver jump rings since the necklace is a combination of both.
I finished the other end of the two chains with another jump ring.
I used a toggle closure for the ends – they’re easy to attach. Just add the loops on the pieces to the jump rings at each end of the necklace.
All Done. ;)
I love that I was able to use up the broken pieces of her jewelry.
I think she would have loved it too. :)
Thanks again for your support and for reading along!