Vintage Redesign Jewelry - From Raw Elements to Fun

September 12th, 2009 in blog, projects     
MimiToria Gretchen Schaumann, contributor
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Lovely Paris themed front side with filigree background.
Back side of the above pendant is this pocket watch face with bird.  This necklace has a chunky gold chain and is of choker length.  Totally reversible piece.  Note the bird is a signature accent of Mimi-Torias Jewelry designs.
Entire choker necklace.  This is a very showy piece.
Check out this large gold filigree piece that I found at Oronoco Gold Rush Days.  I found a couple of these wonderful pieces and used one of them in the above necklace for the focal.
This found focal was purchased at the Oronoco Flea Market, and turned into a new treasure to be worn.  Past life, a shoe clip, new life an elegant pearl choker.
This wonderful grouping of miscellaneous vintage rhinestone jewelry features the lovely center piece which was used to create the above necklace.
Notice the #8 and the cowboy boots in this photo.  Watch for them in finished jewelry junk style pieces below.
This #8 is now connected to the rest of its necklace, but this photo shows it when I was redesigning the focal part of this necklace.  The dangle that drops off of the 8 is double sided, so that when you move it looks good on both sides.  This is the front side.
This is the back side.
Check out the lower right corner of this photo.  This former tie clip is all done keeping ties tidy, it now has a new elevated position.  See below.
One of the cowboy boots has found a home on this $3 tag necklace.
This junked up necklace is perfect for Junk Bonanaza and will be available to purchase at this venue.  Notice the horse racing?  Junk Bonanza is at Minnesotas Canterbury Down Race Track this year.  Need I say more.
Lovely Paris themed front side with filigree background.

Lovely Paris themed front side with filigree background.

If you refer back to the below post, I shared back in August treasures that I purchased while hanging out with the Junk Market gals at the Oronoco Flea Market.

Here are the finished results of a few pieces I've recently created.

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Comments (14)

writes: Beautiful stuff Gretchen. I SO admire what you do. Just awesome. I hope you sell out of everything!

:-) JennyK Posted: 5:24 pm on September 14th
alicemom writes: Gretchen,
Beautiful work! I love the $. Well they are all super-dooper! Go girl and sell out !
smiles, alice Posted: 11:07 pm on September 13th
MimiToria writes: Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone! You are soooo very kind and sweet with your comments. I appreciate each one of you and the relationship I have or will eventually have with you all. Many of you I have met through this Junk Market site and my life is definitely fuller because of each one of you. I do believe my design abilities have also improved and grown as this has been such a wonderful site for encouragement, building of relationships and just plain sharing of Junk Fun.
I thought it would be fun to show a few make-overs with the raw elements that I'd found, so that was kind of the jest of this post.
Thanks again my Junking friends! And especially Sue whom has brought us altogether through this awesome sight she runs.
Gretchen Posted: 1:27 pm on September 13th
shabbychick writes: FABULOUS! That's all I'm saying! more know I love your jewelry!

Take care my friend,

Kathy Posted: 11:46 pm on September 12th
junkermidge writes: Gretchen, these pieces are all just so beautiful. You have such a talent for designing one-of-a-kind treasures. I'll betcha $2 the horse one is one of the first to go at the Bonanza!
Midge Posted: 11:37 pm on September 12th
CottageElements writes: Gretchen, you already know what I think of your redesigned jewery. Stupendous!

Lani Posted: 10:39 pm on September 12th
RustyDiva writes: Your eye for detail is wonderful. Love the sparkly ones! Great job and good luck on your sale. Posted: 10:35 pm on September 12th
chippingcharm writes: I am so in awe by the creative ways you put things together! A-mazing!!! SERIOUSLY, you have such a gift...
It was so fun to chat with you yesterday at the French Flea...wish I could have done lunch with you and Lanette. Maybe next month?!? See you soon, Laurel Posted: 9:39 pm on September 12th
SweetMelissa writes: Gretchen, these are wonderful! I wore my wonderful necklace from you at JunkFest today (the one with the key and crown,etc). Everyone who saw it LOVED IT!! Handed out alot of your cards so I hope you get call after call!! Posted: 8:52 pm on September 12th
roadtriplouise writes: Your such a creative person Gretchen. Beautiful designs. See you a Junk Bonanza. Posted: 7:14 pm on September 12th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Gretchen - I love your pieces with the number$! Fabulous work, my friend, and I wish you all the best at the Bonanza!

Candy Posted: 2:10 pm on September 12th
grannijo writes: WOW!!!!!..WOW!!...what beautiful pieces!...and what a talent you have!..thanks for sharing..sharon Posted: 1:51 pm on September 12th
fellowjunker writes: Gosh, what can I say Gretchen!!??!!....SUPERBLY WONDERFUL, AMAZING, STUNNING, MARVELOUS, BEYOND GORGEOUS, UNBELIEVABLE, BEAUTIFUL.....REALLY.......I just can't find the words!!
xojanis Posted: 12:32 pm on September 12th
suewhitney writes: Stunning, stunning, and stunning,Gretchen! Ya know I love what you do!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 10:32 am on September 12th
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