Vintage Jewelry Redesigned

January 25th, 2009 in member junk     
MimiToria Gretchen Schaumann, contributor
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This photo shows a button style bracelet that was created with a vintage abalone button for the clasp and vintage beads reused to make a 2 strand bracelet.  I made this bracelet about 12 years ago when I first started making and selling jewelry.
A close up which shows how the clasp is made and the details of the button used.
This again was made 12 years ago and was one of the first items I ever made.  I actually bought it back from a friend that had bought it, as it has vintage beads that were from my Grandmother and I regretted selling it.
The gorgeous vintage etched Czech bead was one of the beads from the attic and Grandmas stash.  I love it!
This photo shows the lovely glass green vintage button that I used for the closure as well as another vintage green button that was incorporated into the bracelet strand.
This tassle style necklace is updated with the use of a vintage earring turned into a focal and an extra strand of vintage pearls attached to the original clasp.  I wore this for a wedding with a cream top.
Details of the vintage earring turned into a pendant and the vintage strand of pearls.
This shows both the button focal as well as the tassle.  Im not sold on the tassle and tha may come off in the future, but I wore it with the earrings posted below.
These earrings were redesigned with old gold filigree pieces I took apart from a vintage necklace, I added old/new mother of pearl centers and attached these to 14 kt gold filled earring findings.  These were worn with the above necklace to the wedding.
This photo shows a button style bracelet that was created with a vintage abalone button for the clasp and vintage beads reused to make a 2 strand bracelet.  I made this bracelet about 12 years ago when I first started making and selling jewelry.

This photo shows a button style bracelet that was created with a vintage abalone button for the clasp and vintage beads reused to make a 2 strand bracelet.  I made this bracelet about 12 years ago when I first started making and selling jewelry.


There are four seperate pieces of jewelry that are show cased in this post to show what can be done when you think outside of the box with vintage jewelry redesign.

I have been a jewelry designer for 12 years now, and have just recently gotten back into the reuse of vintage and found elements in my designs.  I'm loving being back doing this creative outlet.  If you want to see more visit my blog at:  mimitoriasdesigns.blogspot.com


Pattern or design used: My own design - Gretchen Schaumann
posted in: member junk, vintage, jewelry, found elements, mother-of-pearl, gold

Comments (12)

ClassyLadyJen writes: I love the bracelet with the abalone button. So pretty. Posted: 10:33 pm on February 23rd
MimiToria writes: For JudiThomas: The gold/cream vintage button bracelet actually has a metal X that is showing on top, so the shank is what the beading wire is attached to on that one. However you may be referring to the grass green button closure on the green/pink bracelet. The wire is strong through one hole and I use tiny seed beads to cover up the wire between the 2 holes on the button and than thread the wire back through the 2nd hole and start my 2nd strand. I hope this helps you with what you were asking. If not, email me at gretchen.schaumann@comcast.net
Gretchen Posted: 1:01 pm on January 28th
QueenofGreen writes: Gretchen, I am drooling! These are beautiful. I love jewelry and buttons and am always looking to re-tool, take apart, put back, etc. thanks for the inspiration. Posted: 4:58 pm on January 27th
JunkArchitect writes: Gretchen, the jewelry is incredible and the photos look so professional…great job Posted: 10:36 pm on January 26th
judithomas writes: WOW.....GORGEOUS!!!!!

Could you please describ how you made the button clasp? This is the first time I have seen one where the string is visible through the holes in the button! I love that!

It is the perfect combination of dressy and casual!!!!

Posted: 7:20 pm on January 26th
roadtriplouise writes: Beautiful Gretchen, I love the on with the tassel. I'm glad you got the one back with your Grandma's beads, that's makes it an extra special piece. Posted: 12:19 pm on January 26th
suewhitney writes: Beautiful work Gretchen! Love them all, but am particularly drawn to the one with the necklace with the tassel.

Be well,
Sue
































Posted: 7:45 am on January 26th
CottageElements writes: Gretchen, your jewelry is always so unique and wonderfully done. I love how you take the old jewelry and use it to make new. I love the one with the tassel. I'm gonna have to come over and go shopping!

Lani Posted: 9:47 pm on January 25th
plumberdaughter writes:
Gretchen
Beautiful, I love the button clasps. Kim Posted: 9:26 pm on January 25th
missartgurl writes: O wow these are COOL. Makes me yearn for flea markets to go huntin for bits n pieces. Posted: 6:32 pm on January 25th
AtticusFinch writes: Beautiful, I just love the pearls. Posted: 6:31 pm on January 25th
irishrovr writes: That's what I call thinking outside the jewelry box! These are lovely!

http://ruralwisconsin.blogspot.com/ Posted: 6:06 pm on January 25th
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