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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!


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

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  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 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:

  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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