How to DIY Your Recycled Broken Jewelry Look Amazing

How to DIY Your Recycled Broken Jewelry Look Amazing

DIY Jewelry Making Your Recycled Broken Jewelry Amazing

DIY Jewelry transformed into a beautiful bracelet will make a very special one of a kind gift for anyone on your list. It will mean even more that you made it.

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My sister sends me little gifts frequently – just because. It’s fun to open them and find something you always wanted but couldn’t or didn’t think to buy for yourself. I would love to send her gifts but being on a tight budget, I can’t always buy little pretties for her. However, since I am in the business of making jewelry I can make her pieces that are more meaningful to her because I handmade them.

I also work in a boutique that gives me their broken jewelry. They are jewelry making treasures for me. Some of the stones are amazing. I have been saving one particular necklace to make matching sister bracelets for us. I used the beads from the necklace plus hanging charms from other broken pieces and put them on memory wire.

Start by collecting your treasures!

You can do the same by collecting old and broken jewelry. I’m sure there are pieces you have buried away that you love the stones but not the style anymore. Remake them! I love garage and estate sales. You can find some good DIY jewelry potential pieces among the junk. How fun it is to explore the possibilities.

Take apart broken jewelry and save all the beads        Earrings have great beads for accents         Design Boards make DIY jewelry making easy

Beading Design Board

Gather up all necklaces, bracelets and earrings you want to make new. Get trays that have little compartments. Remove all the stones. Make separate piles of stones with colors that compliment each other. Maybe you don’t have enough at the moment for a complete piece so save them in your trays and add to them as you go along.

Plan your design.

It’s good to use a bead design board. There are grooves with measurements that will help you with sizing. You can play around with your color combinations and bead sizes before committing to placement on the wire.

Memory Wire in the new oval shape                Make sure to have 1-2 inches overlap on back

Beadalon Gold Oval Memory Wire

Bracelet Sizer

I made my bracelets using memory wire. It’s the best. You can buy it in silver or gold. When the package is opened it looks like the old slinky’s. There is more than enough to make a few bracelets depending on how many times you want it to wrap around the wrist. My sister is conservative so I made hers a single wrap around. I like to make a statement. I want people to see me coming! So mine wraps around three times. It’s always better to cut off more than you need. The beads will take up some width. You also want to be sure that the two ends overlap about two inches when done so that when it’s on the wrist there are no open gaps on the back.

Use the correct tools.

When snipping off stones from an old piece or cutting the memory wire, never use regular jewelry wire cutters. You need something heavier. I bought high level cutting pliers meant for cutting electrical wires. Which are also really handy to have in your household tool box anyway.

To curl the end grab with round nose pliers        

Round Nose Jewelry Pliers

Flat Nose Jewelry Pliers

High Leverage End Cutting Pliers

Use a pair of round nose jewelry pliers to grip one end of the memory wire. Twirl the wire around the pliers to make a small circle. It is hard to do. I struggle with it a lot. But I will also use my flat nose jewelry pliers and work more with the wire to coax it into a nice flat round circle.

Curl memory wire loop on the end leaving extra wire         

When you’re getting to the end try to measure it as best you can before trimming the last end. When you do cut, still leave a couple inches and curl the circle as close to the last bead as possible. It’s okay if there’s some wiggle room. Beads are meant to jiggle on the wrist. When you are satisfied with the circle trim the wire down.

You now have made a beautiful DIY jewelry beaded bracelet that you can be proud to wear or give as a loving gift!

These are the bracelets I made.  Mine is the triple wrapped. Told you! I do everything big!

Beaded Memory Wire DIY Jewelry single wrap bracelet                DIY beaded memory wire bracelet made from a broken necklace.

Leather Bracelets More Than New Year Resolutions!

Leather Bracelets More Than New Year Resolutions!

 

leather bracelets

Okay, I may be a bit late on this but I had so much catching up to do from making and selling my leather bracelets over the hectic holidays I’m just starting to plan what I want to accomplish this year. So my New Year Resolutions are more like a To Do List. Do we all want to exercise more, eat healthier, lose 10 lbs? Of course! But this year I want more for myself.

First of all, I can’t focus on anything until I get my house back in order. That would be the “Feng Shui” part of me. For those of you who are not familiar, Feng Shui is the ancient chinese art of placement of items for happiness and prosperity.  For the past few months I’ve been speed cleaning and throwing jewelry supplies for new ideas I have in the corners of my studio. My Feng Shui is seriously out of whack!!  I need to deep clean and organize!!!

leather braceletsCrazy pile of beads and supplies for my leather bracelets

The holidays were great for my business but now I need to keep that going. Spring will be here before you know it so I want to expand my jewelry line with some fresh new items. I want to create leather bracelets with beautiful beads and leather. So far I’ve only been using silver and gold color beads. I feel that spring deserves some color in our jewelry. I also love, love pearls so I will be incorporating them into my leather bracelets. What is cooler than leather and pearls!!

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