Vintage Pearl and Rhinestone Earring Recycle Tutorial

June 10, 2010

Well, the idea is a simple one.  Find a fantastic old pair of screw-on earrings at the flea market, and then what?  Love the vintage look, but not the screws!  I suppose I could turn them into a pair of more traditional earrings with posts, but I AM the Charm Bracelet Diva, after all.  So every piece of vintage jewelry I come across has "charm" potential!  Here's the latest I picked up at the local monthly flea market.


LoVe the sparkly rhinestones and creamy pearls!  SO, what next?  Just take the screw part off the back! (I had to use my wire cutters and squeeze pretty hard!  Then I had to file down the remaining wire to make sure it's smooth to the touch.)


Front of earring without the screw-on clasp.


Back of earring without the screw-on clasp. 

Next step is to open the jump ring with two flatnose pliers and remove the pearl dangle.  Save that piece for another day! 



Here's your charm!



Now insert an open jump ring into the top of the charm, then attach it to a beautiful silver charm bracelet (use your flatnose pliers to close the jump ring around one of the bracelet's links)  and Voila'!



Gotta love it!  The possibilities are endless ~ dress it up with other vintage charms or leave it plain and simple, classic.  Can't wait to figure out which way I'm going to play it!  Have any vintage restyles in your repertoire?  I'd love to see them here!  

   

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Blackberry Cottage said...

Love this idea! Vintage pearls seem so romantic to me - what a great way to appreciate them.

Stopping by from Follow Friday 40 and Over and I'm so glad I found you!

I'm now following you so I don't miss any of your great ideas!
Susan
www.BlackberryCottage.net

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Visiting from Follow Friday 40 and Over and am a new follower. Lovely blog and beautiful jewelry.

Menopausal New Mom said...

Hi Kathleen, I'm from Over 40 Follow, any time I see a blog with the theme jewelry, count me in :)

I have an entire separate blog devoted to my vintage costume jewelry collection.

Following you now :)

rose said...

fantastic about the earrings i love old jewelry and have alot and wasn't certain what to do with these type of earrings. found you blog on follow Friday 40 and over. have a good weekend rose

Anonymous said...

WILL YOU SPEND 1 HOUR W/ME==THE ORIGINAL A.A. TOOK THE BACKS FROM MANY EARRINGS USED CRAZY GLUE TO ATTACH POSTS==DIDN'T REALLY WORK, BUT I HAVE THEM==ANXIOUS TO SEE YOU==YOUR BIGGEST FAN==,LOL,M

Haupi said...

How wonderful! I love that idea. Hi Kathleen, I'm here from the 40+ blog hop and your newest follower. Hope you come visit my blog and follow me too. Thanks.

Haupi
http://hauplight.blogspot.com/

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

This is a great little tutorial...I'd love for you to share this on Modern Craftswoman Monday! Hope you'll join the fun! Following from All Thingz Related.

Amanda said...

Great idea! I love the new piece of jewelry!

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

I'm so glad you were able to join our party! I hope you'll share more of your great tutorials and projects next week on Modern Craftswoman Monday! Thanks, Rory

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