Wednesday, October 26, 2011

DIY Style: Re-Vamping Vintage, Part III

My third installment of Re-Vamping Vintage shows how you can alter jewelry items!  During a recent thrift/vintage store shopping excursion, I found this long gold chain necklace for $11.  But I've been wanting a shorter chunky gold chain necklace....no problem!  With my jewelry pliers, this is a simple task.


Step 1
Determine desired length.  I opened the jump ring on the end of the necklace (originally about 39 inches) and measured my new length, 18 inches.


Step 2
Using small pliers, I opened the rings on the necklace, splitting it into two parts.


Step 3
Connect original jump ring to the end of the new length.  Fasten with original clasp.


Bonus Steps
Since I plenty of chain left over, I decided to make a double-chain bracelet using an extra jump ring and clasp. For length, I measured the chain against a bracelet that already fit nicely, then I followed the same steps of opening and closing the links/jump rings to attach the findings.

And now, instead of one long necklace, I have a shorter necklace and a double-chain bracelet.  The only things I added were an additional jump ring and clasp for the bracelet.

Click for Re-Vamping Vintage Part I and Part II.

11 comments:

Andi said...

You are so crafty and creative!!!

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Miss Ewig said...

it look very nice... I love the chain!

Xxx :D

jess said...

Thats a great idea. The bracelet looks great.

SassyUptownChic said...

HAHAHA! You go Mary Ann!!! That is awesome. I need to do the same thing. LOL Smart girl! :D
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Arden said...

Wow, this is awesome!! You are very creative, I def wish I could be making lovely pieces like this as well xx

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Sam said...

You have an inspiring blog, it's so creative!

Arstcrylique Mode said...

Great idea! Thank you for sharing it.

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signature mix said...

I really love this DIY! What a great vintage find and update. So cool that you also got a great bracelet out of this.

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