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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Time Travel Thursday #31 - Now It's My Turn


"We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they're called memories.
Some take us forward, they're called dreams."
~Jeremy Irons~


Welcome to the 31st Time Travel Thursday linky party at the Brambleberry Cottage.
Are you ready to share your fondest memories, grandest dreams,
and most creative projects? Great!


A few weeks ago, I showed you the Yankee's first junk jewelry creation.
So this week, I thought I would share mine.

If you remember, the inspiration for his design originated with a vintage
trunk hinge.  As I scoured our numerous boxes of old furniture odds and ends,
looking for my own inspiration, I happened upon
 this fabulous vintage furniture pull. 

I absolutely loved everything about it—its shape, scale, patina...
especially the patina.

It would be my jumping-off point.


Once I found the pull, I moved on to my stash of jewelry bits
and pieces.

This antique watch fob chain had the look I was going for but wasn't anywhere
near long enough.  Hmm...what to do?


After plundering through a few more boxes, I discovered this old
chain belt—well, part of one, anyway.

I had tossed this in a "will do something with this one day" box,
many years ago.  And believe me, it was long before repurposing
junk pieces for jewelry was even popular.


I wanted to add a few girly embellishments to my creation, to soften
the hard lines of the other pieces.

This old mother-of-pearl shoe clip caught my eye—and, of course,
there was only one.


Then I decided a bit of bling was in order, as well.

This 1950s aurora-borealis-rhinestone button and vintage clip-on earring were
 perfect for what I envisioned.


A quick shuffle through another box unearthed this old keychain.  I liked
the heart and key and decided it would be a
sweet addition to my repurposed piece.

Originally, I had thought of using the complete vintage furniture pull. 
But, once I decided to add the jewelry pieces,
I took it apart.

The escutcheon made a perfect background for the shimmery button, and the pull 
went back in my "someday" box.   ; )

AS VIEWED ON A MINIATURE MANNEQUIN
And here's my first junk jewelry creation.

I wanted to create something that would compliment the Yankee's piece,
so the two could be worn together.


I think they play nicely together, don't you?   ; )


Linking to these fun parties:
and Stephanie Lynn's Sunday Showcase Party.

22 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting!!!

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  2. "You did good" girlie...I like the necklace...my gal pals and I have been wanting to do some jewelry using found objects...like the way you did the step-by-step thing...
    From one Southern girl to the other...keep on doing what ya doing...The Cranky Queen

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  3. Wow, you are so creative !
    Hugs,
    Kammy

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  4. Thank you for hosting the party. Sorry... Can you please delete my extra links? The Linky kept "looping" and it didn't seem like it worked. I am around link 9. Sorry!

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  5. Hi - I just posted #12 a dress up center I made out of an old armoire my kids used. Thanks for hosting, I know there is a cost now - and we really appreciate the parties!

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  6. I love your blog! The necklace is wonderful!! Makes me want to get busy w/ my 'junque'. Can't wait to see what you do next. Melanie

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  7. I believe your jewelry design is perfect for the steam punk movement.

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  8. I love, love, love your blog. Taking something old and creating something new is fabulous. I am new on the block. Just learning the ropes. great inspiration.

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  9. Oh, that's purely amazing!!! I love it. Couldn't wait for Time Travel Thursday!
    XO

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  10. Dear Liz,you are so creative, I love it:-)
    Thanks for hosting, hugs Biljana

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  11. Okay jewelry making lady. Most excellent ensemble. How can you go wrong? Rock on L.

    xo Jeanne.http://beeskneesbungalow.blogspot.com/

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  12. That jewelry came out GREAT! Thanks for hosting this link party.

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  13. You did a great job - Pretty!
    I am working a a necklace now that I had to walk away from for a while. I have a tendency to over think a project some times.

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  14. Beautiful! You are so creative!This has inspired me. Now I have something else I want to try. My sleep time is getting less and less, lol.

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  15. Love the old drawer pull. But also admire and like the results of the jewelry making explanation. I would wear that.
    QMM

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  16. You are one amazing and remarkable lady. You are the first I have seen that takes things like this and turns them into a piece of beauty. Job well done.

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  17. Ahh branching out to be a jewelry designer now huh? Is there nothing you can't do? :) I like your style lady.
    tammy

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  18. Love the junky jewelry! Thanks so much for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence.

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  19. I will definitely visit your etsy store. Great ideas with the Junky Jewelry. I'm so amazed with the creativity out there in blog-land! Thanks for sharing! ~CJ

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  20. Those are beautiful! So unique! Great job, Liz!

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  21. seriously creative. I would have never in a million years put this together, but I would buy it in a second - LOVE it! -diane
    http://www.sweeteuropeandreams.com

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  22. Very clever creation! I find these type of junklaces (for necklaces) are fun to drape over lamp shades to give your room decor a little bit of fun.

    God Bless,
    julie

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