The Design Gallery

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  • Asia
    Asia on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Glad that I inspired you, Becky, I got the same inspiration from Jane, I dug out…” read »

  • Asia
    Asia on “Inner Fire”:
    “This is simple, LOL, not for me, it looks complicated, love it :D …” read »

  • Asia
    Asia on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Very cool, very you :D …” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Thanks guys! Donnaleigh, for the "structure" I have been using 16 or 18 gauge wire, just…” read »

  • sweetjane
    sweetjane on “No Two Are Alike”:
    “Thanks for all the comments!It doesn't show up in the pic...but they are both a violet…” read »

  • sweetjane
    sweetjane on “Briolettes”:
    “Thanks for all the lovely comments! It was just perfect timing that I had both the…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Khristin, you're so funny :) I'm sitting here now with a bunch of misc left-over beads in…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Cross”:
    “I don't have any idea what technique you used to make this. I need to look…” read »

  • dollladysturg aka Pam
    dollladysturg aka Pam on “Inner Fire”:
    “The inner fire is a terrific name for this luminous bracelet! I've tried a few…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Inner Fire”:
    “Lovely! I understand the inner fire! And this bracelet has captured it.…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Crystal, I love your work! I just suffer from a nearly nonexistent attention span! It's funny,…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Cross”:
    “Love the bike!!! Maybe hand strength is my problem. :) You do a great job!!!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Inner Fire”:
    “The orange crystals captured inside the chainmaille depicts the spirit of Inner Fire. Nice interpretation…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Very attractive! In the pictures, the Labradorite is flashing it's iridescence perfectly. The silk…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Cross”:
    “I really like this technique and the step-by-step instructions you gave on your post 'How to…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Dedicated to Fresh Baked, Lynda”:
    “Nancy, this is another Beautie! Great color contrast--each color sings next to the other. I…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Khristin, I really like the combination of the pearls, labradorite, and copper--they just play so well…” read »

  • dollladysturg aka Pam
    dollladysturg aka Pam on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Lovely design! The silk shows off the copper and labradorite to it's best advantage.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Asia, the composition in this necklace is very impressive--masterfully done! The beads are out-of-this-world gorgeous;…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Briolettes”:
    “This pair is striking! Awesome briolettes--and you have such a knack for finding the most…” read »

  • EPBCornell
    EPBCornell on “Cross”:
    “Is that stamped solder on the copper sheet metal? From design concept to execution, this is…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “No Two Are Alike”:
    “These turned out great! The addition of the silk is perfect. Very impressive pair!…” read »

  • A Rozmin
    A Rozmin on “Sand Flower”:
    “I always know that Monica's pieces will teach me somthing new. This piece is no exception.…” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “Cross”:
    “I have a saw and have not used since the workshop I bought it at. …” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “Copper Enigma”:
    “I like this. Nice feel.…” read »

  • Donnaleigh
    Donnaleigh on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Very cool design-love the intricate wirework with the silk. Lovely, eclectic, bohemian, all my favorites!…” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “I had no idea but right some professions would not be jewelery friendly. Your work…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Hey Monica! I think you and everyone else is right! A trial run is a must!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Cross”:
    “I have those same shears. Asia, for tight corners you need a saw, at least…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Asia, you have inspired me to dig out some of my lapis and give it a…” read »

  • Asia
    Asia on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Becky is right, I work in IR that means scrubs for 10 hrs. a day and…” read »

  • Asia
    Asia on “Cross”:
    “Beautiful, I love your solder work. I need to get a pair of those sheers. I…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Lovely Lavenders”:
    “I really like the different shades of purple and violet you've paired with the subdued, soft…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Inspired by Sarajo W”:
    “I remember those earrings! This is a lovely rendition of them--simple, but very elegant. …” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Seahorse bracelet”:
    “What a thoughtful gift. Your niece will just love the seahorse charm and the fun,…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Sand Flower”:
    “LOVE the name, LOVE the flower clasp, LOVE your ceramic beads, LOVE the versatility! Did…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Cross”:
    “Beautifully done, and the necklace is perfect with it.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Recycled, re-designed”:
    “Monica, incredible work as always! I think I would love to join Becky and come…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Moon child”:
    “Love the balance between the moon and star. The blue wire and beads are perfect…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Wired butterflies”:
    “I really like the different colors of wire you used in this one.…” read »

Wrist Braces Repurposed and Pimped

About this design:

My blinged up repurposed item is a pair of the aluminum pieces that slide into wrist braces one wears to combat carpal tunnel issues and other things. I wear them to bed every night so that I can use my hands the next day. They are sexy beyond belief and my dog loves to lick my hand and the brace because of the lovely yeasty smell that becomes a permanent feature over time. Eventually Zeus finds them and shreds them or they fall apart on their own and I have a habit of removing the aluminum piece and saving it before I throw the rest of the brace away. I found a pair of these stashed in a closet and thought they would make a lovely, albeit heavy and a tad long, pair of earrings.

My original plan was to bling out an octopus shower caddy. Google it if you have never seen one. It would have become a necklace. I didn't have an old one to redo and the new ones were too expensive so I tried to make one out of hairbinders (repurpose to repurpose). It actually works quite well at holding things like shampoo bottles. I was going to cut up one of Zeus' tennis balls for a head but I didn't get that far. Once I started adding bling to the tentacles it became apparent this was way too big a project. I gave up. But, here are 2 pics of my octopus/squid as far as I got it. It is holding 2 empty medicine bottles each stuffed into a sock for color and texture. Told ya, repurpose to repurpose to repurpose. :) Anyway, since it's no longer possible to make a long story short, I will just say I hope you enjoy my efforts! :)


Aluminum wrist braces, crystals, glass pearls, and pewter bell flowers, LB, silver seed beads, more crystals, 24 gauge stainless steel wire and surgical steel ear hooks.

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  1. Asia
    Asia says:

    Becky you are a pure genius :D :D :D

  2. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    No, just insane. :)

  3. Asia
    Asia says:

    Trying to work on my tonight, writing is the hardest thing, I made quite e few designs, but I’m going to share them gradually, I think we all are a crazy bunch :D :D :D

  4. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Don’t you know? Genius and insanit

  5. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Darn! Hit the button by accident. Was going to say genious and insanity go hand in hand! Becky, you’re a genius!

  6. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I may have something to post by the weekend, hopefully.

  7. Asia
    Asia says:

    Way to go girls :D

  8. Laud
    Laud says:

    Wondrous, over-the-top design!

  9. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Wowza! You really are a genius! These earrings are way out there! Love the pic! Are they heavy?

  10. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Amazing! You are a mad genius!

  11. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    Girl, you are rockin those ortho props!!! I vote genius of the year. Simply brilliant. You make me laugh every day. Thanks for that & all your wacky & wonderful inspiration!!

  12. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    Wow…I have those braces…I may have to do some re-purposing of my own! Great job and love that bling!

  13. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    YEah, no, I can’t really wear these. They are too heavy — 5 minutes for the pics was enough. :) I was hoping since they are aluminum that I could at least wear them one day to work but it ain’t gonna happen. As usual, all I could think of is the ridiculous instead of the wearable. I’m so glad there are others of you out there who showed us how to really repurpose something. :)

  14. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    One of my friends, Amber, (hi Amber) at work said I could make these into cuffs. I found a third one so I might do just that. I was going for silly with these but the cuff might actually be wearable.

  15. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    WOW WOW WOW!!! Those are totally over the top. You are, as my ex used to call himself, a mad scientist!!! The phito with you wearing them….ridonkulous! As my buddy Blake used ti say. I kove it and only you could think this up!

    Its too bad about the octopus shower caddy. I could totally see.that as a necklace…him holding a tiny treasure chest in one tentacle, pulling strands of crystal out with another, clutching a tiny sailor in a third, a ginormous fake pearl in a fourth.

  16. Kate
    Kate says:

    Becky- these are some crazy earrings! If they’re really too heavy, looks like you’re going to have to repurpose THEM… wind chimes? :)
    ya’ll are so creative!! I love it!!

  17. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I don’t “kove” it I love it. Durn it.

    I love that Kate says ya’ll!!!

  18. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Becky, I agree with your friend Amber. I think if you gently curve these pieces then you’ll have awesome cuffs! Love the wirework. The tiny flowers are SO cute!
    btw: order some Vintaj blanks and do this in a mini-version to have true earrings. Or maybe *I’ll* borrow your idea and make them myself!

  19. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Sitting here and just enjoying this moment LOL fantastico!! Becky I love those earings and the octopus is darn cute :) Love to see a pic of you too, you are beautiful!

  20. Asia
    Asia says:

    LOL, love Kate’s idea :D

  21. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Becky, these earrings are crazy fun!!! I like the idea of repurposing into cuffs, since they are too heavy for the ears. :D

  22. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Becky, I just keep coming back to these cuz they are just too much fun! I sure wish they weren’t so heavy because rockin’ them to work would be such a blast!

  23. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I really wanted to be able to wear them just one day. :) I already straightened them a ways to make the earrings so I know I can do a cuff. I like Kate’s windchime idea–if only I could also tune them to play Asia’s music. :) I thought of cuffs when I found them, too, but since they were a pair I had to try the earrings first. I’m not sure if I will bend these but I will post the cuff made from the 3rd one when I am done. This was a blast! Thanks for all the love!!

  24. halfmagic
    halfmagic says:

    Love looking at things from a new & different angle……repurposing

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