Saturday, May 16, 2009

Vintage Jewelry Christmas Ornaments


This afternoon I got together with some friends to learn how to make ornaments with vintage jewelry odds and ends.

My friend Barbara has taken several classes and was kind enough to offer her expertise. She is an accomplished craftswoman, an avid collector and a wonderful seamstress and embroiderer. She showed us boxes and boxes of lovely vintage jewelry and prisms that she has collected over the years.





Her creations, displayed on three small trees in her dining room were so pretty. We were working with 24 & 28 gauge silver and gold wires. Learning all the techniques would obviously take more time than we had today, but we were happy to complete a half dozen ornaments each.

Two of mine featured teapots and will be hung on my dining room tabletop tea tree.



The little angel with the prism body was quite a challenge. Her little wings are rather misshapen, but she is still cute. The ornaments are all rather slender, since I didn't have any large jewelry pieces and was working mostly with beads. I will be on the lookout for new crafting materials now when I stop at local yard sales.


It really was fun to chat with friends, drink tea and get creative.

6 comments:

Marilyn Miller said...

What a fun thing to do. Enjoyed seeing the results of a shared day with friends and tea.

Southern Touch Catering said...

Oh, what fun. I'll have to remember these when making plans this year for the holiday decor! Thanks.
~ Teresa~

Angela McRae said...

Oh, I am soooo jealous! Vintage jewelry AND Christmas ornament crafting AND tea ... perfect! I think you did a great job on these. (And may I say that you seem to live and play in the midst of the most creative group of women!)

Hootie said...

I think the angel is precious! How fun!

I can't wait for the summer break to play "crafting" with my daughter. Maybe we'll add ornament making to our summer "to do" list.

:)

Steph said...

Those are very, very pretty!

Carol said...

Love this well decorated Christmas tree with vintage jewelry... It just awesome...

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