With Earth Day just around the corner it’s a great time to think about giving new life to old jewelry! I love scouring thrift stores for jewelry to take apart and turn into something completely different. You can use today’s tips when you’re picking out jewelry to upcycle!
Before you buy jewelry at a thrift store, make sure that the piece is usable. Check for any stains, cracks, breaks, chips and even strange smells on all of the jewelry you handle. You wouldn’t buy a sweater with all the buttons missing, so find out if the clasp works on a bracelet and see if all of the crystals are intact in a rhinestone brooch. Check for loose findings, rust, tarnish and rotten thread. These don’t matter so much if you’re taking the piece apart, but do make a difference if you plan on wearing the piece as is!
Sometimes even a broken piece will catch my eye. Make sure you can easily fix anything that is damaged or missing a part. Often the projects that require the most work are the least likely to ever be finished. If you instantly have an idea of the finished piece, you’re more likely to use the item!
Keep your eyes open as you browse. Strands of beads can be cut apart and reused. Single earrings can become pendants. Parts of several jewelry pieces can be recombined together into something completely new! Lots of thrift stores keep their pricier items in glass cases, so you may have to ask for assistance. Look for bargain bags of broken jewelry and findings – you never know what treasures you’ll find!
Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen