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I love the way these repurposed chandelier crystals are illuminated when they catch the light.


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It is a truism, when you need something that you cannot easily find, somehow you come up with a way to make it. I have been looking for a display for earrings when I do art shows. I have been able to find various displays, but mostly they only held a few earrings at best or they took up to much space on my tables or they were not stable enough for windy days. I put my handcrafted earrings on cards so that they can be displayed, but also so I can note on the back what stone, metal, bead, etc. that I used for the design. So, I  needed a display for earrings on these cards. I have been a collector of vintage oddities for a long time and have had an old wooden ironing board that I used to use a an outdoor coffee table at one time. It has been propped on my back patio for a few years now, no longer in use, but I was not willing to part with it either.

Eureka…a stand alone earrings display that holds almost 50 pairs of earrings on cards and a few necklaces to boot!  I knew the wood was soft, so it would be easy to place something to hang. First, I purchased cup holders at the hardware store; then I made the hang tags, cut them, punched a center hole and tiny pin holes for the ear wires to go through; then I used a paper template to mark off the spaces between the cards; then I screwed in the metal cup hooks. Voile…a display that is attractive, portable, and holds many earring cards.

Vintage Jewelry Collection

I am a huge fan of vintage stuff, whether jewelry, clothing or accessories such as handbags.  It has been so much fun to take vintage jewelry parts and recycle them into new designs. Whether it is a brooch that makes a lovely accent for a new necklace or links to a bracelet that make dramatic earring drops.  The chandelier cystals afford so many possibilities in one-of-a- kind neckaces.  It is challenging to take these parts and repurpose them into new designs but very gratifying when it all comes together.

Vintage Flower Parts Earrings

Vintage Rhinestone Bar Bracelet with pearls/garnet

Vintage Chandelier Crystal Necklace
Fleur de lis Earrings


Black onyx beads

Vintage Brooch/Black Onyx Necklace and Earrings

Vintage Lace and Key Necklace