Workmanship Broken Classic Outfit Jewelry

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Workmanship Broken Classic Outfit Jewelry


It is not “difficult” to make beautiful, unique works of art from broken vintage costume jewelry — but it takes a lot of patience — a lot of jewelry — a sharp eye—and the right adhesives. While Denise was at my house to paint my faux wood paneling, we had a smart evening — five hour!!! – make framed works of art from my stock of broken jewelry collected in recent year at real estate sales and thrift stores.

Don’t even think about starting this project unless you have a lot of jewelry. As with making vintage Christmas decorations wreaths, the more jewelry you have on hand, the easier it is to create an art project.

Above: I had six shoebox-sized containers of broken jewelry that I had collected, and I thought that one day soon I would make a Christmas tree out of vintage costume jewelry (see these 17 examples in a recent story-beautiful!) For this craft trip, we decided to try the art form of making something different Christmas Christmas is far away.

Tip: Look for broken jewelry at real estate sales and thrift stores. You can even ask the organizer of the real estate sale or the owner of the thrift store: “What are you doing with broken jewelry?””and tell them that you want to buy it.
Above: Denise’s Schnauzer mini “insect” thinks she’s a mountain goat. She climbs everywhere. She and Astro had a fantastic time with acting.

Accessories you need for this project, in addition to jewelry:

Vintage Frames – I doubt I would ever use a new frame for vintage jewelry-vintage over vintage really increases the factor of everything.
Velvet for support-I even use vintage velvet, which I picked up at real estate sales, I’m like that.
Adhesives that permanently glue the metal to the fabric and significantly dry it. Since I hadn’t planned in advance to be able to order from Amazon, I went to Michael the day we finished our project to buy glue. They had a clever table that showed which adhesives should be used for what kind of projects. For this I have selected several adhesives that adhere permanently to metal and fabric.
For this project, Denise aleens tested Jewel-It embellishment glue. Note: All links to Amazon in the article are affiliate links-part of how I make money with the blog.]
I tested Aleen’s tissue meltdown.
Note that these two adhesives seemed to work well; more on using these adhesives After.

Universal knife and pliers for disassembling the frame, if necessary-use protective glasses [parts may fly; glass may not be hardened — be careful!].
Scissors for cutting your velvet and cutting cardboard or matte board to the size that suits your frame (if there is no backing board in your frame yet)
We used Elmer’s repositionable mounting spray to stick the velvet on the substrate (cardboard or Matte cardboard). You need to be careful not to use glue that bleeds to the front of the fabric. Denise, an artist, thought the montage spray would be fine.
Wire cutter for cutting the back of broken jewelry when you need/want to lay it flat. Be careful: wear protective glasses when cutting off the thread of the jewelry so that one or more pieces do not fly into your eyes.
Once in the project, Denise said that we really should have had stirrups to be able to hold and position the jewelry accurately. Amazon also sells stirrups in sophisticated jewelry making sets (you know that soon I will have to try to make jewelry with accumulated pieces of broken vintage jewelry; I could soon get one of these kits, although at the moment I find some satisfaction in choosing the level of difficulty by forcing the use of my big fingers. Or even just something like that:


Above: Denise-art graduate and professional decorative painter-shows how to properly wear velvet on the carrier. Her frame came without a backing plate, so she cut a new one with regular cardboard to her size. It was quite extensive.
My frame had glass and an old worthless print in it. I carefully removed everything. Pay attention to possible safety concerns, for example, that old glass may not be hardened-pieces of metal may fly around or glass may break when working with it to wear safety glasses-old paint on the frame may also contain lead. Be safe / Renovate safely.

Now the fun begins! Start playing with your jewelry to get the desired composition. We did this within the empty frames to get the balanced composition we wanted. We didn’t do the design work on real velvet because we didn’t want to make the velvet dirty.

That is, when creating your design, it is imperative to keep an eye on the velvet color. Will your jewelry look beautiful on it? This is a super important factor.

Tip: if you — like me – create a multi-colored pattern, make sure that you add some jewelry that matches the color of your fabric as much as possible. Fortunately, I had a coral-colored jewel and a coral-colored pearl that I could add. Ideally, I would have liked three pieces-because odd matches are visually more dynamic.

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