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Topic: Looking for inspiration making jewelry from vintage rhinestone pieces  (Read 740 times)
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« on: October 31, 2009 04:25:04 AM »


A few years ago I ran across a series of bracelets in a gift shop that seemed to be made of vintage (40's-50's) rhinestone earrings. They were gorgeous and about $250-$300 each and I remember that the artist who was making them seemed to have a real eye for matching colors and styles to make something that looked really classy and not just random stuff glued to a backing pieces, etc. Of course I can't remember where the shop was or what it was called which is too bad because they had some awesome stuff from local artists.

Anyway, I'd like to find that artist or others who are doing this kind of thing to get some inspiration, particularly in how they are attaching the pieces which can be on the big side for a bracelet, without looking gaudy. I collect vintage pins/brooches and sometimes have pieces that would be better used in a new piece of jewelry rather than fixed, so I'm always interested in how people are reusing broken pieces from the period. I've seen some great necklace ideas but I'd really like to find something like I saw in the shop to examine further.

I have looked on eBay and Etsy without much success so I thought I'd try here. Has anyone else seen something like this? 


« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2009 08:44:48 PM »

I know this is an old post but... I see a lot of great reconstructed pieces here on Craftster in the jewelry section. They've inspired me to start collecting broken vintage jewlery (even though I haven't made anything with it yet) so perhaps you'll find inpiration as well.
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