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Recycle Your Jewelry to Create New Designs

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Easy DIY Jewelry Makeovers
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Tools to help you work on DIY jewelry.

Carly Wickell

Easy DIY Jewelry Makeovers

Do you own costume jewelry that you'll never wear again? Most of us own jewelry from a few years or longer ago that doesn't suit our style or the current trends. Don't tuck it in a drawer you'll never open, because it's easy to use DIY jewelry makeover techniques to give your dated jewelry a fresh new look. And if you don't like the new jewelry you create, it's just as easy to take the pieces apart and configure them in a different way.

For ideas, read about a couple of related art forms that are all about recycling:

Steampunk
Assemblage Art

You'll need a few tools to get started with your DIY jewelry makeovers:

  • Inexpensive jewelry making pliers and a wire cutter to open linking components and to clip away areas that aren't needed (craft stores sell inexpensive sets for $5-$7, sometimes less).

  • Slow-setting epoxy to glue components.

  • E6000 glue (optional) for fine detail work.

  • A package of jump rings (metal rings that can be opened and shut with pliers, used to connect components) in a color that matches the metals you'll be working with. Base metal jump rings are inexpensive and can be purchased in packets of 50 or 100 or more.

  • It's helpful to have a little silk thread or other pliable beading string.

Before you get started, look through your old costume jewelry for styles you haven't worn forever == anything you're willing to clip apart will get you started with do it yourself jewelry makeovers.

Next Step: Where to find cheap jewelry to fill-in your DIY jewelry chests.

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