I’ve always had a thing for vintage clothing, eco-friendly fashion, repurposing, and making improvements to items that already call my closet home. Over the past couple of years, my interest has naturally progressed into making my own jewellery and repurposing old jewellery.
After receiving complements and repeatedly explaining how easy it can be, I am embracing the sentiment “a picture speaks a thousand words”. Today’s How To will explain how to repurpose an old necklace or bracelet into a new pair of earrings. Follow these four simple steps, and when people ask you about your new item, you can boast “These? They’re an original; I know the designer.”
What You’ll Need
An old necklace with medium to large size beads on it
2 hook style earrings
2 eye pins
1 pair of small pliers (preferably rounded)
Any additional accent supplies you would like to add. In my case, I used 4 bead caps to add additional detail to the earrings.
For people with sensitivities to jewellery, you can also purchase gold and silver jewellery making supplies.
Take the necklace apart by using the pliers to pry open the jump rings (round rings that are not soldered shut). Try not to break the jump rings, as you can use them in future projects. Separate your chosen beads from the necklace and insert the eye pins into the beads. If you are using bead caps, put them on before you insert the eye pins.
Curl (shown right) or curl and flatten (shown left) the straight end of the eye pins into a loop. For a perfect curl, use round nosed jewelry pliers.
Attach and close the jump rings on the top loop of the eye pins.