Sunday, August 18, 2013

Something Old Something Blue Necklace

You know the saying: "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe."

For my newest design I set out to create a bridal necklace incorporating some of these attributes.

The Features:
*A beautiful re-purposed vintage pendant - "Something Old."
*Indigo blue Swarovski crystals - "Something Blue."
*A lucky penny on the back of the pendant symbolizing the "Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe."

The Story:
I used a beautiful vintage earring to create the unique OOAK pendant for the necklace.  The earrings were part of my mother's huge costume jewelry collection.  You might remember that I recently wrote about her passing away and her beautiful jewelry collection being passed on to me.  My mother and I both shared a love for jewelry ... she enjoyed buying and wearing it; I enjoyed making it.  Here are the original earrings with clip on backs:

Original earrings with clip on back
I used wire cutters to clip off the clip-on back of the earring:
Back of earring with clip removed
I found this pretty antique silver filigree stamping to use as a setting for the pendant:
Antique silver filigree stamping to be used for setting
I used E6000 glue to adhere the stamping to the earring.  E6000 glue works great for projects like this - it is really impossible to come loose once dry.  I let it dry 24 hours before handling.  Here is the front of the pendant:
Finished pendant - front view
And here is the back of the pendant - I was not quite happy with this look and decided it needed a pretty backing.  
Back view of unfinished pendant
To finish the back of the pendant, I eventually settled on this pretty blue glass rhinestone:
Back of finished pendant with Blue Rhinestone
Then I beaded the necklace with Swarovski crystal pearls, some small indigo blue swarovski crystals, and antique silver curb chain.

Here are some pictures of the entire necklace just waiting for a lucky buyer:

Close-up view of pendant
Find this necklace in my Etsy shop here:
OOAK Something Old Something Blue Necklace

P.S. - There will be more designs with some of my Mom's jewels which I will post about.  I have plans also to use some of them to re-purpose into Christmas gifts for her siblings and family.  I might make some pretty Christmas ornaments for myself and them to treasure and have something to remember her by.  Will be posting pics along the way!


  1. That is gorgeous and such a great idea to use Mom's jewelry for Christmas gifts that will be treasured forever!! Can't wait to see them!


    1. Thank you Carol ... will definitely be posting some pics along the way!

  2. Lovely! You are so creative.
    I have so many ideas for re-purposing vintage pieces I have collected over the years.
    I love handmade jewelry!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. So much fun re-purposing! Thanks so much!

  3. That is such a great idea! Love that color blue!

    1. Thanks Deneen. And thanks for stopping by!

  4. That is a gorgeous necklace, Irene. I love those old clip earings and you really transformed this one into a beautiful wearable piece of art.

    1. Thanks so much Maggie. It was great fun creating it! Thanks for stopping by!