Wednesday, April 23, 2014

More DIY Antique Key Necklaces!

I've been playing with re-purposing old jewelry and antique keys again:

 These particular keys are kinda strange; they're like a modern/skeleton key hybrid:



While going through my stash I found some filigree that fit perfectly, though, with just a little trimming:

The glass leaves were in a goody box from one you readers. (Every now and then I get a bag of old jewelry or keys from one of you guys to play with, and every rusty box is like Christmas. :))

 Here's another one:

The skull charm is another scavenged find, although I added the red crystals:


I like the idea of using the key body as a kind of charm bracelet, so next I made a really delicate one:

The key is a modern reproduction you can get at any hardware store for a few dollars. The little bow was its own necklace, if you can believe it, that belonged to my grandmother. (They made some TINY necklaces back then!)

I made the loops for the little pink Swarovski crystals myself - which I'm pointing out because it was a PAIN:

They all slide around a bit as you wear it, of course, but I kind of like the jumbled-charm look.

And finally, for something completely different:

This one's my favorite. :)

I saw a similar design on Pinterest, and since I'd just purchased some wing charms anyway, figured I'd give it a try. All you need is a Dremel to drill extra holes in the wing tips:


That chain is one of the coolest link designs I've ever seen, btw. I found it and the other heavy chains in this post from a junky stall at Renningers, the giant antique market out in Mount Dora. There was an enormous box full of random chains, and if I ever find that seller again, I may have to buy the whole thing!

Hope you guys liked the eye candy! I'm debating trying to sell a few pieces from time to time, assuming I can ever bear to part with any, of course. ;) Not ready to take that leap yet, though, so for now I'll just keep making the pretties, and hope they help inspire my fellow tinkerers!


Oh, and you can see my other key necklaces here, if you missed 'em way back when.

(Or come see ALL of my craft projects on one page, right here!)

35 comments:

  1. That last necklace with the wings reminds me of the flying keys from Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.

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    1. I totally came in here to say that. Also that while I really like the horizontal-key-with-charms concept, for some reason I'm dying to see a little birdie perched on the barrel of the first key. Can you affix something on top of the key barrel as well as dangling things off it?

      Kimstu

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    2. Yes, I think the Harry Potter connection is why I love that one so much! And I'm actually experimenting with getting a vintage seahorse pin attached to the barrel bit of a different key now, so if I can get that to work, then the sky's the limit!

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    3. I would use a flat pin to make it a charm and then super glue that sucker in place. That way if the glue fails the charm would just circle the barrel and not fall off. or wire wrap depending on what you are trying to make stay. (also i'm on allergy meds so if this makes no sense we blame them k)

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    4. I was planning to try a combination of wire wrapping & E-6000, Jen, so I'm glad someone else thinks that will work!

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    5. Yay, not one but TWO Jens replied to me! Day: made.

      Kimstu

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    6. The winged one reminds me of the key in Cat Valente's book The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Which if you haven't read, you should immediately.

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  2. I love them, I think it would be great if you'd sell them. You could even do some penny stuff too, I know I'd spend far too much money :)

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  3. Gurrrrrrrrl, you have GOT to open up an Etsy store. You would make SO much money. I wish I could do what you do! The key charm necklace idea is GENIUS. And the wings necklace is to die for!

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  4. I would totally buy the last one...gorgeous!

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  5. If you ever decided to sell the winged one, or any of them for that matter, I would buy it no matter the cost! I love everything you make, I wish I had your skills!

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  6. Luvin all of these. The last one with the wings reminds me of the golden snitch.

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  7. These are so awesome! I love that last one with the wings a lot!

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  8. I recently purchased a chain similar to the one on your winged necklace. I got it at Joann's, but they don't appear to sell it online. Here is a link from the manufacturer's website, just so you can see if this is what you are looking for:
    http://www.darice.com/store/details/catalog/wholesale-jewelry-findings-chain-cable/2001-41

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  9. I love these necklaces. I may have to steal this idea one day; we have a lot of antique keys around here. This is great.

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  10. They are all great, but wow the winged one is fantastic!

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  11. Shelley in So. IllinoisApril 24, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Those are wonderful! I love them all, but I admit the last one made my jaw drop! You definitely have an eye for this.

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  12. your favorite is my favorite too. :)

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  13. Just recently discovered a new tool for making pesky bead loops. I got it at skybluepink.com (in their tools section), but haven't had a chance to try it out yet. It's this video of it in action that made me buy it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op-yQv9Jcts&feature=youtu.be

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    1. Ok, that is SO going on my wish list! Amazing!

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    2. Thank you for sharing! I had never heard of skybluepink.com, so I went over to check it out. Twenty minutes later I'm convinced I need to buy at least half of their store. So many ideas, so little time...

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  14. I have a bunch of those wing charms, and keys, and chains, but darned if I could put them together and have them look half as good as yours. :-)

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  15. Um, I love the keys, but I really just love that skull with the giant grin and beady red eyes. I'd buy that in a heartbeat. :)

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  16. I really want to buy the first one. Let me know when you can bear to let go of it!

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  17. You should sell some of these on Etsy, I would DEFINITELY buy that pink key necklace if I could.

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  18. So cool!! You are giving me ideas to keep my 6 yo fashionista occupied. :)

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  19. I'm glad my grandmother's keys are giving you lots of good ideas! Need more? Let me know, Jen!

    Sally

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  20. The vinged key is also my favorite! You have talent :)

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    1. I vish to hear @Lionkitty speak of ze vinged key vunce more. Seriously, now I am thinking about that necklace with a Dracula accent in my head. :)

      Kimstu

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  21. I second snarkoutgirl' s plug for the Beadsmith 1 step looper. It made all the charm bracelets I make so much easier! It's totally worth the investment. I love the last necklace so much I think I know what I'll be making this weekend.

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  22. I LOVE the HP-inspired one! You are so talented!

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  23. My favorite is the one with the green leaves! I have boatloads of mostly plain keys, and a collection of costume jewelry-and I got the bright idea to make key necklaces to fictional places. It's really fun. Here's a link to a bad shot of some I had at the local convention. https://www.flickr.com/photos/84797924@N06/13919647411/ Dr.Frankenstein's laboratory, Camelot, The Nautilus, ect.

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  24. I'm amazed at the stuff your brain comes up with and then you have the talent to actually make it *so jealous*. I am torn on the "horizontal key front, I LOVE the dainty charm one though it makes me happy. I love the winged one too, and my style tends more to the "vertical key" look. But oh that dainty one..i'd buy it cause TINY BOW <3 .

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  25. I love the winged key- I would buy one in a heartbeat. Or maybe I will have to try making one myself.....

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  26. almost a month later, but i actually know how to make that kind of chain.
    it's a Pain In The Ass to make, but boy does it look lovely.

    i love all the filigree on the keys, by the way. very pretty.

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