October 2, 2012
Broken Brooch to Striking Necklace DIY
I bought this broken brooch at a yard sale this summer for 25 cents. 25 cents!!
Even with a broken clasp, it was too stunning to pass up (plus it's stamped "Made in Austria" and I am a sucker for anything made in Europe).
You could do this with a non-broken brooch too, to give an unloved piece some love. The supplies are pretty straight forward, as is the how-to.
We used side cutters (wire cutters could work) to snip off the rest of the brooch backing. For some reason, these side cutters are one of my favorite tools. Someone (my Dad maybe?) lent them to me for removing staples from the sub-floor when I tore up the carpet (that was a "Tanya job") and I never returned them. Not by accident; I willfully stole them.
After snipping what remained of the clasp, we used a small file to smooth any rough areas. We took some time with this part, to make sure no rough metal remained. A little of the faux gold finish came off too, but you can't see because it's on the back.
Then we attached two split rings to part of the clasp. Needless to say, this brooch-to-necklace conversion only works for brooches with some part that the rings can be attached to - so an open, filigree style is ideal. If you're having trouble with the split rings, use needle nosed pliers to open the ring. Hubby actually used a knife, but that's hardly advisable.
To complete this necklace, we attached some chain I had lying around (from a broken necklace, I think - but you could buy a length of it from a craft store) to the jump rings. It was that easy! And cost pennies.
I don't want to show this photo of me because I was harried and sweaty and stressed from packing when it was taken (it was snapped the day before I left for Hungary), but every time I post a jewellery DIY sans photo of me wearing it, I get comments and emails asking for a photo of it on me. Why are you all so cruel?? LOL.
Have any of you been up to any super simple crafts lately?
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