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Old Sparkly Things

Artisan Pendant

Party Favor

(antique French Marcasite shoe buckle, coin pearl, sterling silver)

 

One of my favorite things to do is comb through antique shops.  Not well curated and organized shops, but those that appear to be filled with junk and yet you know if you wander slowly and are willing to sift through boxes of sparkly, sometimes dirty, objects you're going to find some gems.

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Lapis Lazuli with Vintage Buckles = Stunning!

Lapis necklace

Starry Starry Night

 

I love rummaging through flea markets and antique shops for fun pieces to upcycle or recycle into jewelry and other art pieces.  Although for me it's not as much as a high as creating jewelry, it comes close.  Actually the idea of finding use for something that no longer serves its original purpose can be really satisfying.

Who knew that pairing these wonderfully shaped lapis lazuli stones could be elevated even more by half of an antique buckle?!  And two different types of antique buckles at that!

 

Lapis Lazuli statement necklace

A Perfect Day

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Funky Junk is My Treasure

Treating My Treasures Like Gold

I think those of us that love beads love storage solutions almost as much.  And if they're super cool to look at and use I love them even more.  I've always wanted a printer's cabinet.  I've drooled over them in photos of artists' studios.  I've dreamed that one day I'd spot one at a garage sale and scoop it up, so to speak, before they knew how many of us were out there wanting one.

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