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Monday, May 30, 2011

Repurposed Vintage Bling Jewelry Magnets

Finally! I was away for a week on an unscheduled trip to SD for a funeral for my husband's fiesty aunt Hilda. She was 89 and ready to go as she had been in ill health the last 2 years, but she will be sorely missed. I loved her dearly and understand she wanted to go, but I always wish things could just stay the same forever. She lived with her Mom and sister, my MIL for years. They are all gone now, but I prefer to think of them all in Gramma's house..Hilda and Betty cooking and argueing about something and Gramma sitting in her rocker crocheting an afghan for a great grandchild. The trip was not fun. We took my daughter's Ford Focus and just let me say, 18 hours bent like a pretzel in the backseat of that with 2 and 8 year old boys should be investigated as a form of torture. We all took turns driving and my daughter and I took turns being back there so we could share the joy. My husband is 6'3" so he never got to experience that particular fun! The trip home was actually worse as the boys were fighting. I had an I HAVE HAD IT moment and threatened to get out and walk around Paducah..ah well..we made it home and like each other much more now that we are not trapped together. I don't know how our ancestors did it with horse and wagon...people getting sick and dying on the trail...maybe they just weren't sick, just got booted out and left behind! As usual, I totally digress... magnets..
I finally got to "play" yesterday.
I dug through my vintage junk jewelry stash... most of these were broken or had missing stones.
I made a dozen. They took awhile as I was making it up as I went along..and I had to stop to make supper and water the garden before it got dark.
This one was a faux opal pin. I added a glittered paper disk to the back before I added the magnet so I would see pretty glitter instead of white magnet adhesive. The were stick on magnets, but I hot glued them on so they stuck better.Where there were missing stones, I added dots of glitter glue and dusted them with fine glitter..I like how they turned out. This one was a buckle and the center is an antique postcard of mine that I had scanned and resized to use on business cards. I added the Joy text tile. Hope and Joy Home is named after my 2 girls, Hope Ann and Alexa Joy so those words have special meaning to me.
This was also formerly an earring..I added blue glitter. and a blue glittered disk behind.This was a pair of enameled metal earrings. The center was a dark rivet so I covered it up with a vintage pearly bead. I glittered the top and sides of the magnet on this since you can see it more..didn't get all the excess sparkles brushed off..I am generally glittery myself!
This was a pin. There were quite a few missing stones and I added pink glitter. The center stone was also gone, this is a crystal bead.
Here I added pink glitter for the missing stones and a green glittered disk behind. These were truly junk jewelry pieces..none of these pieces were signed and they were in quite sad shape... I would never glitter a nice, fixable piece!
This was a tiny buckle. I added scrapbook paper and a text tile. I also glittered the sides of the magnet on this as it just barely covered it.
This was actually a button.It has sort of cellophane between the stones. I added a pink glittered disk to the back since it showed through.This one took maybe a minute to make..old pin, old fabric yo-yo, glue magnet on back. You could also do this with a gathered ribbon rosette. I liked this one because it was fast and since the pin was intact, I didn't damage it.
This was a buckle. I added glitter, scrapbook paper and a damaged pin that I clipped the back off of.
This was a vintage plastic pin with a damaged stem. You can buy new plastic flower cabochons on Etsy that would also work great for this.On my memo board..they look right at home! Dig through your goodies and get to glue-ing!Have a great crafty day! Til next time! Julia


Ramblin Mama said...

I had to laugh at your comments about the trip in a small car! My nephew and his companion, both single parents to 7 y-o boys at the time, took both boys on a road trip to her parents' (1100 miles each way) one time. They broke up as soon as they got back and his comment was, "One really learns about the differences in your parenting styles while trapped in a small car for days!" LOL

Prior said...

LOVE it, great job! Lezlee

debbi@yankeeburrowcreations said...

love the story, lol. and your magnets made me think...
glitter and glue is to a woman what ducttape is to a can fix anything. :)

Antique Jewellery said...

Amazing work it...

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