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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

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    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

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    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

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    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

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    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
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    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

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  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
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    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
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    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
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    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

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    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

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    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
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    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

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    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

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    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
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  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
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    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
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    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
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    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
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    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

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Something Old, Something New


About this design:

I love the look of sparkly vintage brooches, but not wearing them in the traditional sense. So I thought I would find a way to convert them into pendants and this is what happened!

Components:

Prehnite, dyed black pearls, vintage flower brooch, modern dragonfly brooch.

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    What a fantastic idea, Amberly! Such beautiful colors in that amazing brooch — perfectly captured in your great design! :D

  2. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    That was a brilliant idea Amberly ! Very pretty.

  3. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    So pretty! I had to look carefully to see that there are 2 brooches. They match perfectly. The prenite was a great choice to bring out the greens.

  4. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I totally love this…anything that repurposes jewelry do that it is worn again gets my vote. Both brooches are beautiful.

    I’m curious as to.how you’ve attached them
    I’ve had a pretty pink dragonfly pin that I would love to use in a pink pearl necklace. Still figuring out how to attach it so the pin part doesnt open and stab you.

  5. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Fabulous repurpose! You should join our mini challenge. Check out the fresh pick Glare Beware for the silly details. :)

  6. Amberly R
    Amberly R says:

    Thank-you!! :) Deb, to attach the brooches, I first closed the pin and glued it in place so it wouldn’t open, then I used jumprings and wire to attach them to the rest of the necklace. I have also used brooch converters; which you can find at fire mountain. Here’s the link: http://www.firemountaingems.co.....converters

  7. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Ooooh. Didn’t even think about gluing it shut. Duh! I also didn’t know fire mountain gems carried that item. I just got a catalog. Hmmmm…..they also have a beading board I want.

  8. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Nicely done! Thanks for the brooch converter tip!

  9. Amberly R
    Amberly R says:

    The only thing I have found about the brooch converters is they tend to be shorter than the post of your brooch, so I use small bicones strung on the post on either side of the converter before gluing. ;)

  10. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Great idea to add those small bicones, Amberly! Seed beads work well, too! :D

    I didn’t notice at first that you used 2 brooches — nice work! 8)

  11. Frida
    Frida says:

    Like it alot!!

  12. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Terrific way to wear likable vintage pins in a new way! I have a few of the converters and I agree about them being to short for some brooches. Nice tip about adding the small bicones on either side! :)

  13. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Ditto to all of the above comments! Beautiful way to re-purpose a vintage brooch or two. :)

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