Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Jewelry Art

When it comes to sparkly jewelry, I am worse than a magpie. I just can't resist all of that glitter and shine. And when there is a whole cluster of it together in one place, I almost need to be sedated, haha.

Here's the crazy part, though. I don't wear much of it at all. In fact, I'm basically a minimalist in the fashion accessories area. But that doesn't stop me from collecting, NO SIR!

So, you ask, "What does one do with jewelry if not wear it?"

Drumroll, please.............


This peacock (necklace) is a Betsy Johnson piece that I scored at a garage sale for next to nothing. For those of you fashionistas out there, I realize it could be a little hard to accept that Betsy's necklace is retired as jewelry. But I think it makes an equally stunning piece of art in this chunky frame. I added the crown to emphasize the royal symbolism of the peacock (do I sound intellectual right now?) And I added a little extra bling with some Swarovski crystals (left over from long-ago days of embellishing dance costumes.)

But that's not the only bedazzled piece of art that I have created recently.


Here is another picture that began as an array of earrings, necklaces, rings and pins that were picked up at tag sales and flea markets. The frame is also a bargain-basement find.

Christmas in June, anyone?

Stay tuned...there is a vintage brooch bouquet being assembled in my craft room for a very special bride-to-be!


Sharing with: Coastal Charm, The DIY'ers, Upcycled Treasures, Cozy Little House, DIY by Design, From My Front Porch to Yours, Share Your Cup Thursday, Lamberts Lately, Revisionary Life, The Dedicated House, Shabby Art Boutique, Natasha in Oz

19 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see the bouquet!

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  2. Clever lady...what a great way to show off some interesting pieces of jewelry! I love the frame finds as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Looking forward to seeing your bouquet Julie! Love the idea also of putting the jewelry in frames. Like you, I'm a minimalist when it comes to jewelry, but can't resist buying it sometimes!

    Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the bouquet,

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  4. So pretty. My spouse's grandmother use to make these. I wish I had her Christmas tree.

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    1. This used to be a common thing to do with costume jewelry :)

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  5. I love the green bejeweled tree you created!!

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  6. What a great idea! I have some jewelry I don't wear but am not willing to part with. I'm wondering if I can make it into some art.

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    1. I'll bet you could, Carla ;) It's fun to play with the shapes and colors.

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  7. So clever! Love the tree and can't wait to see the brides gift! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you, Heather. It's one of my favorites, too!

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  9. Cool! I wanna see the bride bouquet when you finish. Thanks for sharing this post with Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday Linky Party. :)

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  10. I also would like to see the bouquet. One of my Grands friends carried a bouquet covered in vintage/antique jewelry that once belong to family members.
    Thanks for stopping by.

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