How to turn one necklace into four pieces. And counting.

22 Feb

I was at, of all places, JC Penney with my mom a few weeks ago. I was looking  at the clearance jewelry when I saw it: One of the busiest, most ridiculous looking necklaces I’d ever seen. The back half of the chain was made of this black cotton and gold studded material. The bottom half was a thick gold chain with a strand of turquoise faceted gems. Attached to the gold chain were a bunch of bright charms: a green frog, a white dove, five different hearts, a magenta rose, a gold key, a little green leaf.


Now, each piece on its own was kind of adorable. So I bought the necklace and ripped that bastard apart.

I’m nowhere near using all the pieces, but so far, there are at least four new — and much cuter, and more wearable — pieces from the ugly thing that gave its life for … well, me!

That turquoise-colored extra chain? It became a bracelet.

$8 (Click on the image for more.)

The black and gold fabric piece of the chain that made up the back of the necklace became a bracelet, too.

$8 (Click on image for more.)

I put three of the charms on a beautiful 24 karat over silver box chain I had for a super springy and sweet necklace.

$18 (Click on image for more.)

Finally, I made a necklace from one of the myriad heart charms on the original necklace. This charm is a bright red enamel outlined in hot pink rhinestones. I paired it with an upcycled silver-toned chain, moving the circular toggle onto the pendant for a little more interest.

$9 (Click on the image for more.)

What do you think? Which of the four is your favorite? I’ll post another blog when I use the rest of the charms. I’m not sure how to pair them yet — they’re larger, and really bright!


2 Responses to “How to turn one necklace into four pieces. And counting.”

  1. kelly February 23, 2011 at 5:18 am #

    I like the 3rd one with the key/rose/heart charms 🙂 all pretty tho but don’t see how anyone could’ve put them together kudos for you’re great imagination to make so many other beautiful pieces out of something not so appealing 🙂

  2. Stephanie February 23, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    I love the one with the charms too! I totally wish you would have taken a picture of the before necklace. I am having a hard time figuring out who would put all of those together on one piece….ewwy

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