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Sizzix Jewelry Tutorial | Upcycled Jewelry by Tara Mihalech

Sizzix Jewelry Tutorial | Upcycled Jewelry by Tara Mihalech

This past Christmas, we had a handmade/scouted policy for gifts on my family's side. Nothing could be new. It could be thrifted, handmade, or re-gifted from the closet - but nothing brand-new from the shop, please.

My youngest sister, Jessica, gifted me a large wooden jewelry box that she had purchased at a garage sale. It was full of vintage jewelry pieces: some were beautiful and some... well... were reeking with potential, let's say.

I was sifting through jewelry pieces, reimagining their lives, when I came across a bracelet.

Sizzix Jewelry Tutorial | Upcycled Jewelry by Tara Mihalech

It had some great colours. I could repurpose this.

And so I grabbed my Sizzix BIGkick and some Vintaj blanks, and re-imagined this piece to make an Upcycled Jewelry piece.

Sizzix Jewelry Tutorial | Upcycled Jewelry by Tara Mihalech

The centerpiece of my bracelet-turning-necklace project was the brass Vintaj Butterfly blank. I used the Vintaj DecoEmboss die in Lily Damask to emboss the brass blank.

I placed the butterfly in the center of the embossing die - I wanted it to be symmetrical. The Moroccan Tile DecoEmboss die would also be a great choice for this piece.

Sizzix Jewelry Tutorial | Upcycled Jewelry by Tara Mihalech

After a quick once-over with the Vintaj Reliefing Block, the butterfly was shiny and brassy and ready to become a part of the piece. At the same time, I embossed a Small Rectangular Blank to join the group.

Sizzix Jewelry Tutorial | Upcycled Jewelry by Tara Mihalech

Using jewelry pliers, I carefully deconstructed the bracelet and chose the pieces that I wanted to use in my necklace. I decided to use the heavier Vintaj 9.5mm Etched Cable Chain in this piece. I though the weight of the chain matched the larger gems and pendant quite well.

Sizzix Jewelry Tutorial | Upcycled Jewelry by Tara Mihalech

I've used Crop-a-dile metal punches in my jewelry projects before, and for this piece, I thought that the butterfly should hang within the necklace, rather than from it. I punched two small holes in the tip of each butterfly wing.

I also punched a hole in the rectangular blank, so that it would hang horizontally, rather than vertically, in the necklace.
Sizzix Jewelry Tutorial | Upcycled Jewelry by Tara Mihalech

I attached the charms together using my two pairs of flat-nosed jewelry pliers and brass jump rings. A chain and a clasp later....

Sizzix Jewelry Tutorial | Upcycled Jewelry by Tara Mihalech

... and the necklace was ready in all her vintage glory.

Sizzix Jewelry Tutorial | Upcycled Jewelry by Tara Mihalech

I love the mixed metals in this piece. I think that combining silver-tones and warm brassy colours is a great way to add interest. It also gives it a more eclectic, vintage feel - which is something I love right now.

Do you have pre-loved jewelry pieces that are begging for a new life? Take them apart and reinvent them with embossed brass blanks. You'll still keep the great vintage feel, but will be able to personalize your pieces into jewelry that you love - rather than jewelry left sitting in a drawer.

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Other Supplies Used:

  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Copper Jump Rings
  • Vintage Jewelry (that you feel comfortable deconstructing)

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