I have a hard time giving away my jewelry, even if I haven't worn it in a while. I find it to be really personal. I've gotten most of my jewelry when I was travelling, as a gift, or for a special occasion, etc. I'm attached to those sparkly goodies in a really intense way, even more so than to my clothes. As they say, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so I always try to give them another chance before saying goodbye. I recently found these bracelets online and I like the way bigger pieces are incorporated into them.
I thought these would be a great DIY idea for two of my pieces of jewelry. I don't wear brooches (right) really often nor the cross (left) that I bought at Ardene when I was in my early high school grunge phase. It’s not a huge surprise that I don't wear it anymore!
To do the project that I'm about to show you, you’re going to need a drill. I found them to be pretty handy for making DIY jewelry or to do different interior design projects around the house. I came across an article published in Glamour magazine in 1997 call 30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She’s 30, and guess what #11 is? Every woman should have a cordless drill! And I agree! There’s no better way to help you express your inner DIY goddess!
Here's what you will need to do this project:
First, prepare your jewelry pieces and work surface.
Drill a hole at both ends of the piece. No need to make 2 holes if it's a pendant; one is already made.
Buff the edge of the holes you just made (if necessary) and bend it a little so your piece sits nicely on your wrist.
Mix your piece with your choice of beads, chains or even cotton thread. I mixed the cross with pink ceramic beads. It reminded me of a romantic rosary!
For the feather brooch, I used a waxed cotton burgundy cord that I found at the bead shop instead of chain. It cost 80 cents per yard and I bought two yards. Here's all the material that I used:
I tried that horrible technique. Don't do it!
Instead, here's a better way: I passed the cord through the hole and made a knot first. Then I doubled the cord and sewed it together with my invisible thread. I folded the threads to make a loop and pinched them together with a fitting. Finally I sewed all four threads together, back to the hole in the jewelry piece. It's really hard to explain but the pictures might help to understand:
I definitely encourage you to use a technique you are comfortable with and that you find pretty.
Here's the feather brooch that is now a lovely bracelet. I even had enough leftover cord to make a beaded bracelet too (as shown on the photo).
The good thing about having bracelets is that I need help putting them on. It's a nice opportunity to ask Mr. Love for help and to remind him how much you love to be touched by him : )