Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Beady outreach


Recently I've been thrilled to find a few little treasures whilst trawling antique markets.

When I stumbled on a tiny vintage sterling camera charm I had to have a little sit down. Then I found a teapot charm too. It was almost too much.


Putting together tiny collections like this charm bracelet is one of my favourite kinds of jewellery making. It's like wearing a miniature cabinet of curiosities on the wrist. There's a little brass locket on there too with a tiny vintage mother of pearl button hiding inside.

A Spring-like mid century forget-me-not locket was another thrill to discover.



Beady outreach is a good feeling too. Broken and neglected necklaces are whisked off to my equivalent of the dolly hospital. These 1950s opaque glass blossom beads were lying sad and tired at the bottom of a bits box in a junk shop.



These three treasures formed a mini etsy and poppytalk handmade update today.

29 comments:

Nic said...

They're just lovely :) I love the teapot charm - it's so cute!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh Emma -- they're all so pretty! I love that you're mixing the old with your pretty new creations!

Naturally Carol said...

I think it is so satisfying to know that these little trinkets are restored and valued and made into something wonderful!

andamento said...

All very lovely indeed! I especially like the locket and how you've made the chain of the bracelet.

faith76 said...

oh what lovely little treasures you have found x

Rachel said...

Delightful!
And by the way, I had a chance to wear my sempervivens earrings recently and they looked lovely..

monda-loves said...

Really beautiful Emma. I love the vintage feel to these pieces.
I love my locket necklace and wear it all the time but every time you've made a new one I think that maybe I need to have another one!

Magic Cochin said...

I love how you bring these lost and lonely treasures together and make something happy!

Celia
x

crafts@home said...

These are magic, I love them...
Sue Xx

Tabiboo said...

That little camera is so cute - the whole bracelet is beautiful.

Hope you're enjoying the holidays?

Nina x

acornmoon said...

Isn't it lovely when that happens, silver treasures for silver pebble.

Madelief said...

It all looks beautiful! What lucky finds.

Lieve groet,

Madelief x

Bella Bheag said...

I heard recently that charm bracelets are making a come back - or is that old news? Nice to find some original charms.

kristina said...

Oooh I recognize the glass blossom beads! Your signature flower goes so perfectly with the flower on the locket. And the camera--swoon! K x

Sue said...

I'm sorely tempted by that charm bracelet especially with its camera charm. I've just spent £50 on cake tins though! Mustn't spend any more money.

Su said...

Very pretty - I love the mix of old and new.

Monica said...

I'm in love with the little camera... and the teapot to0

what a great find!

Julie said...

I had a silver charm bracelet for my 21st birthday and never wear it. I'm not even sure where it is but your bracelets are beautiful. I have quite a few pieces of broken jewellery from sorting Mum's things out. If I can find some time to sort them out would you like them?

Dragonfly said...

Another lovely locket. I look at all your jewellery with new eyes now! And want it all ;-)

Suse said...

The wee camera made my heart skip a beat.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Gorgeous!
It's lovely that these little treasures are reused so beautifully!
Vivienne x

Lina said...

My favourite kind of project - I'm a sucker for rescuing all things neglected! Your creations are magical!

Cottage Garden said...

Gorgeous treasures! I love the teeny camera. You have a magical touch Emma.

Jeanne
x

Ali said...

Those little treasures were just made for you to find. Glorious!

Locket Pocket said...

All beautiful Emma - as always! I've been hinting to Mr Locket that he may need to come shopping with you for my fortieth birthday later in the year! Lucy xxx

Tara said...

The bracelet is beautiful. It's like a little collection of treasures. I wish i lived closer, well, you know, across the ocean, because I would love to do one of your workshops.

Catherine said...

What a lovely thing to do with tiny treasures, beautiful

Indigo Blue said...

Hi,
Your charm bracelets are lovely. I have just planted some forget-me-knots. I have just come back form visiting my parents in Burwell. It has beena bit hot, hasn't it?
Happy Easter
xx

mrspao said...

Love the charm bracelet - it is stunning :)