Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Gift of Bling and A Metamorphosis

Said I was not going to join any parties this week, but since I am not accomplishing everything I set out to do this week, I am in. :-D

Before Thanksgiving, someone I know went thru some jewelry that had belonged to her Mother, and she gave me the pieces that she did not want to keep. You can't beat free!
The travel bracelet (above) and the Noah's Ark pin below are intact. She gave them to me, thinking I would just want the charms to use in other pieces, but I don't know that I will take them apart. The Noah's Ark was made by a company that is no longer in business, and the pins are all over ebay, at a wide range of prices.

Remember the vintage, red, glass beads I bought at an estate sale a while back? Well, I had planned to leave them intact and add some other elements for a new look. That idea went down the tube when I found some some of the knots between the beads were frayed, and did not think they would hold up very long. Here they are with the scarf clip (above).........
After.....
I decided the head pins and bead caps needed to be replaced, as they were to shiny for the gun metal chain.
Did not have any bead caps that would work any better, so just left them off. After a trip to HL to get some head pins that would look better, this is the "Metamorphosis". :-D
Just noticed - I did not redo the drop in the back.
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Can't get any thriftier than free !
I will be linking up with Leigh @ "Thrifty Thursday"
Linda @ "Junkin Finds Friday"
Debra @ "Vintage Inspiration Friday"
Cindy @ "Show and Tell Friday"
Laurie @ "A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday"
Susan @ "Metamorphosis Monday"
Glenda

31 comments:

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Beautiful metamorphosis! It's really gorgeous ~ I, too, love to repurpose old bling. You done good! :)

Kathleen

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I love what you did with those reds...very cool piece! It is hard to imagine giving away a charm bracelet of memories...I couldn't do it.

So, you aren't getting everything done? Surely you aren't curled up under a blanket like I've been most of this week. I'm in a winter blah mood...we need some sunshine!

mustard seeds said...

Your necklace is beautiful. we are indeed getting the snow now. I guess I'll stay inside.

Lilly's Home said...

Your necklace is just beautiful! You're so creative.
Smiles,
Lilly

Betsy said...

What a great gift from your mom. Don't you just love that? The necklace is gorgeous, I really like the drop on the bottom. Don't you hate that when you can't get the metals to match. I have a hard time with that on golds more often than silver. I still think it looks great.
Hugs

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Glenda... love all your jewelry!... I never can understand how anyone can part with things that were a family members though... guess I am really sentimental!... but you gave them a new home!... xoxo Julie Marie

Olive Cooper said...

That is stunning and I can picture it with a red or black dress!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Wow Glenda, this is really gorgeous. What a metamorphosis!! I'm so glad you had time to link up to VIF and share your creation!
big hugs,
Debra

lvroftiques said...

Glenda that red necklace is gorgeous!! So much better than the original I have to say. I gave that same exact Noah's Ark pin to a dear friend from church. And my friend if you ever want to sell that red necklace?...I know I'm like a bad record...But sometimes when you love something ya gotta be bold *winks* Vanna

Diann said...

That necklace is just beautiful!

The Green Pea said...

Hello Glenda, you jewelry is always beautiful. Love your necklace. sandi

Susan said...

Gorgeous transformation!!

bj said...

I just love pretty, vintage jewelry..this is all really nice.

Thanks so much for coming by..hope you'll come again soon.:)

Midwest Cottage and Finds! said...

love the jewelery- thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a kind note...i apprecaite it.
enjoy your weekend...
chris

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Very pretty necklace and the price was right!

-Danielle

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love that necklace. You really made a big change to it and all those items for free....score! Thanks for joining JFF!

Ms. Bake-it said...

I love what you did with the red beads and scarf clip! I have one of those Noah's Ark pins. It was given to me quite a while ago.

~ Tracy

Miss Sandy said...

Love the "after" of the red beads and your use of them, a very vintage modern twist!

Sarah said...

Fun pieces to use as is or create something new. ~ Sarah

AshTreeCottage said...

Wonderful treasures!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

xinex said...

Love the pendant, Glenda. It has the Vintage look and the red just pops....Christine

Carol said...

Glenda,
That is a terrific piece you created! I think that is what those pieces were meant to be!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Glenda, love the pendant. That turned out so pretty. And, of course, free IS the best! Thank you for joining Favorite Things. I'm sooo glad it's warmed up a bit. laurie

Diane said...

WOW, you really scored ! Gorgeous pieces Ÿ

Pat said...

I always enjoy seeing your jewelry metamorphosis, Glenda.

The pendant is gorgeous!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Glenda I'm loving the travel bracelet, I adore the red necklace.. you have such a gift putting these fine pieces. Like you I'm not getting a whole lot done around here,, just no giddy up and go.. hugs ~lynne~

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Wow!! What an amazing makeover, Glenda. Kudos to you. It really is very impressive!!
M.L.

Inspired by you said...

Wow! That is great. What a vision!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh I just love that new necklace you created Glenda!
Your temps look balmy to me!
hehe.
Although today we got up to 22 degrees, felt like a heat wave!
I just pulled out the valentine necklace that I won from you during your give-away. I love it and I am going to wear it with a red sweater for Valentine's day!
Hugs,
Cindy

Nancy said...

Just wonderful! Love it.

Gretchen said...

Your final creation of the red is stunning! WEll done. :)
Gretchen