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« on: December 06, 2009 07:28:33 PM »

Recently, My family went through OLD jewelry left to us from Grandma and our Aunt Mary.  Most of it was outdated, broken, mismatched, aged and dull... though all reeking of utter fascination and history!

An idea I had was to convert some of the pieces to ornaments.  (Easy thinking when you are accustomed to pirating vintage jewelry)  I felt that in this way, some of the men in the family could also hold on to some of these keepsakes.

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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2009 10:43:30 PM »

I'd never thought of using old jewelry for tree ornaments, and now I wonder how I couldn't have! It makes perfect sense and yours are beautiful, especially the circular ones. And how wonderful to have tree ornaments that are heirlooms right from the start. I'm so inspired now (but lacking old jewelry)!

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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2009 11:12:32 PM »

Great idea! I really love the orange starburst looking one.

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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2009 04:21:48 AM »

Those would be really special. My grandma took a cut out of a christmas tree and glued heirloom jewelry or any kind of special thing she still had (my dad's old high school ring, his finger splint from when he broke his finger (i know weird)) and she cut it so there were holes so you could put christmas lights and thenn she put it in a big frame. Its a little tacky looking but most definetly something we keep.
I think your ornaments are really special and like you said something a guy could have without keeping it in a box.
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009 12:52:03 PM »

I think this is very clever and a splendid idea.  Nice job.

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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2009 05:33:08 PM »

Thank you for your nice comments! 

I truly hope others take on this idea.  It seems a shame to leave these pieces of history sitting in boxes forgotten about.  At least this way, every year they get taken out and put on display, and shared with family.

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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2009 10:22:33 AM »

My Granny has since passed on but she use to make Rosaries for the folks in the Catholic Nursing homes. When she passed they were going to chuck her craft supplies but remembered me and gave me the cigar box full of beads and such. There really is not enough to make full rosaries but this would be a neat little idea. Now that time has passed everyone has been asking if there are any of her rosaries left and they wish they had the box I received. So this would be very special little ornaments made by me with the help of Granny!
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2009 11:29:07 AM »

This is a fantastic idea! I'm gonna go raid the stash of jewellery I inherited from my grandmother. It's been sitting in a box for years, maybe this year I'll get it out on the tree Smiley
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