the family jewels.

A couple of years ago I decided to try my hand at making jewelry using vintage hardware.  It seemed to dovetail nicely with my other hobbies, and I had a pile of bits and pieces of vintage hardware from various furniture projects, so why not give it a try?

I’ve made quite a few pieces and most of them have gone to the Round Barn to sell.

vintage hardware jewelry

I’m not sure how much longer I’ll continue to make jewelry.   One problem is that I’m finding it more and more difficult to find the chain and clasps that I like.  They used to have a good selection of vintage looking parts at Michaels, but it seems to be dwindling.

vintage hardware jewelry

But last weekend I got together with my pal Jeanne and her daughter MK (secret code name:  the sherpa) and we drank wine, ate pizza, behaved like goofballs and whipped up some jewelry.

vintage hardware jewelry

jeannes jewels

See Jeanne’s version of the story on Bees Knees Bungalow.

Now I need to decide … do I want to continue making jewelry?  In which case, I need to find a place to buy chain and clasps that aren’t too pricey.  Or will I give up this hobby to spend more time painting furniture?  Decisions, decisions.

jewelry collage

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8 thoughts on “the family jewels.

  1. Personally, I would be quite sad if you stopped making jewelry. You do beautiful work and I proudly wear my “original Quandie” as I like to think of it.

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    1. Well … if I told you government bean counter would you believe me? Yep, accountant by day, creative crazy woman by night.

      The day job pays the bills, provides the insurance, and the pension and all of that fun stuff. I’ll be hanging on to it for quite some time I think.

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