Recyling old jewelry.
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|Sun, 11-21-2010 - 10:45am|
Lately I've been into rhinestones....about up to my elbows, actually. I buy broken pieces and pieces of jewelry missing stones or clasps and repair them....
In the lots of stuff I buy I often find carnival type necklaces, which my grandkids love, or old, unworking watches, which they also love. Amazingly I have found mates to individual earrings from a buy on eBay and a local thrift store or garage sale....always seems so strange to find the mate a continent away!
But, I'd say I can either repair half of what I get (some does come whole already) or take it apart for the stones and findings. I've even made a few original pieces myself out of bits and pieces of damaged jewelry. I get enjoyment, the seller gets some money, the rhinestones get new life and I have loads of beautiful things to share with friends and family when I'm done. (I also have a huge collection of what I gotta...just GOTTA keep for myself for a while.)
Fun hobby that also recycles old stuff and gives it new life. DON'T GET INTO THIS!!! LOL...the competition for broken stuff is stiff enough as it is! I drop out when the bids get up too high but some people will pay a hundred plus bucks for a lot of broken stuff.....a little too rih for my blood! Or budget!