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.
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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.