In my ongoing obsession with refashioned jewelry, I present to you these lovely little barrettes a friend gave me to re-purpose. It's been a good 20+ years since I've worn barrettes, let alone sparkly ones, but these are mighty cute. I think we can find a way to make them a bit more age-appropriate.
They each had a hinged back piece and a little ball on the other side that it clipped onto.
I began by using my wire cutters to snip off the hinged bit.
Then I threaded a head pin through its tube.
I clipped off the excess from the head pin and used my round tip pliers to form a circle.
Next, I used the snipped off piece of head pin and curved it around the skinny part of the ball clip. This was a little finicky and required holding the wire in place around the ball with my flat nosed pliers while curved the wire with the round tip pliers. Eventually, I was able to get a sort of "S" shape out of it.
Lastly, I simply joined some chain to it with jump rings, and added a clasp. This new necklace is just so precious.
I went a slightly different route with the green circle barrette. Again, I started by snipping off the hinged clip part. I took a piece of wire trimmed from another head pin on another project (as with fabric, I often save little bits and pieces, but you never know when they might come in handy!), and I curved one end into a loop.
I stuck it through the little tube, clipped the excess, and made a loop on the other end as well.
More jump rings, chain, and a clasp completed this necklace. I really like how the little ball on the back from the original clip makes my new pendant stand away from my chest a bit.
I also took a couple old elastic necklaces - one black and one clear - and a blue-grey beaded headband (no before photos - bad blogger!) and made them into a three-strand gradient necklace.
Finally, I made myself a little pearl bracelet last weekend, wore it to a friend's house, and was immediately commissioned to make two more. I was inspired by this necklace, which I found on Pinterest of course. I used two strands, one with all little pearls and one with a big pearl every fourth bead, then criss-crossed them every so often with both strands going through the same bead.
I'm itching to clear all the jewelry-making stuff off my sewing desk and get back to fabric, but on the other hand, I'm having tons of fun playing with beads! I can't make up my mind!