Charmed...I'm Sure!

Susan Replogle By Susan Replogle, 7th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In my many drawers I have hundreds of small objects that I pick up on my walks, or in thrift shops,and antique malls. Anything that looks interesting, is small, and BLINGY can wind up in one of my collages, on one of my gourd pots, or hung around my neck! Here are some of the fun ways you can use the little things that you find or are hidden in some of your many drawers.

Let's Get It Together!

A small plastic doll face became the center of this beautiful, large bib pendant. Suspended from part of a crocheted belt. The little maiden quickly became a little princess with an antique lace hat, and a gray jay feather headress. Her collar is suede leather embellished with a turquois stone. This pendant is not only a real eye-catcher, but alot of fun to wear too. She has collected many great compliment!.

A Lucky Penny.

I just have way to much fun! This piece features a coin that was put through a roller-mill so it is a rather elongated shape. Some one special rolled it just for me, so now what do I do to make it a wearable souvenir? Well I first glued it to a large coat button, and then set about finding little turquois beads, buttons, and even some kind of animal teeth. I like combing little objects on one big peice such as the button. In this case the button is the perfect backing for just the right size pendant. I glued all the tiny parts down with epoxy .
A good,strong glue is very important because there is nothing more embarrasing then having your brand-new, hand-made pendant lose a part or two in public! I have been there and done that!
I suspended this pendant from a shell necklace I had acquired on a beach vacation. I think one of the best benefits of my hand-made jewelry is that each peice carries special memories of places I have been and things I have done!

Charm Necklace

One of my favorite things to do is gather up beads, disgarded costume jewelry, old watches, charms, buttons etc. and attach each small piece onto a nice chain necklace. I like that collected look. Just a little haphazard. I do try to keep it symetrical by places alike or similar objects directly across from each other. I choose one special piece or a combination of several little pieces bunched together, to form the center pendant element. Old watch faces are great for this job. The more things I attach the interesting the piece becomes. I kind of go for that "loaded" look! Just dig into your jewelry boxes! Anything that has been in there more than a year without being worn is fair game for a charm necklace. Have fun putting one together for yourself or personalize one for a great gift.


One of the things I really like about creating jewelry from found objects is that the piece almost always has a story behind it. In this case the white-rusty metal that forms the background of this brooch was found on the old, now abandoned, homestead where we lived when I was just 3 yrs. old. The silver flower was in my grandmother's jewelry box. Just little things like that make each piece a little bit special.
Have fun...let your special finds dictate your pieces.


Beads, Charms, Costume Jewelry, Found Objects, Hand-Made, Jewelry, Recycled, Repurposed, Repurposed Old Jewelry

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author avatar Susan Replogle
I am an artist specializing in collage and photography. I also love to kayak,hike, river raft,camp in wilderness areas,backpack, and travel anywhere! My home is in western Colorado and I am surrounded by a miriad of wonderful mountains,canyons,and ri...(more)

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author avatar XX=MAD_MAX=XX
8th Jan 2012 (#)

thanks for sharing that. cool collection by the way. ^_^ whenever i look onside my drawers, all i see are pens that i never used and papers that i can't remember what's their purpose.

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author avatar Denise O
13th Jan 2012 (#)

What is old may be new again. Very creative use of these items. Thank you for sharing.:)

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