Sunday, August 15, 2010

How To Upcycle Old Jewelry


Over the weekend I visited one of my favorite stores, Anthropologie. Just walking around that store gets my creative juices flowing. Honestly, they could take a piece of chewed up gum from the sidewalk and make it look good. So whoever is designing all of those awesome displays, YOU ROCK! Anyways, on my way back home I was on some kind of creative high and all these ideas were flooding my mind. Amazing what a little shopping and no kids will do to you. Well at some point it occurred to me that I could paint jewelry with nail polish. And it was in that moment that I wished I had a bunch of ugly jewelry. Oh the crafty injustice, no ugly jewelry. Whatever would I do...

Well I did what any crafty gal/guy would do, hit up the local thrift store. I purchased two pins for pennies. The earrings I already had.

*Jewelry that has tarnished or the gold/silver plate has worn away works perfect for a project like this.

I cleaned and wiped the jewelry dry. Then I just painted it with a couple coats of black nail polish. Once that dried I added a little glitter polish. That's it, simple right?

*Cheap nail polish works just fine, that's what I used.

I really think the jewelry looks much better in person. Try it out for yourself and tell me what you think.

10 comments:

veee said...

smart idea, i have tons of jewelry thats fading..gonna try this out..maybe another color..hm thx!

down comforter said...

This is really cool, I might go home and dig my old fading jewelries out and see what I can do

JessicaLeong said...

classic

Rachel said...

Great idea!

Renna said...

What an awesome idea. I love the way your mind works. ;-)

Ayie said...

this is an innovative approach to old jewelry, even very economical!

happy weekend!

Emma @ emmanemhandmade said...

What a great idea! I have a ton of old ugly jewelry from high school, AND lots of nail polish colors I've used once or twice that would be perfect for this! Thanks for the idea!

tulpoeid said...

Hm... I hope everything's fine these days?

Jessica said...

why don't you use the 'will return sign' you have created? I have been waiting for your new post everyday. Hope everything is just fine with you.

Genie Robinson said...

Wow...what a great idea....really neat and inexpensive. Never would have thought to use nail polish.

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