Create a Cool New Necklace From a Broken Vintage Necklace

Broken Vintage Necklace TutorialI bought this cool vintage necklace at an estate sale.  I love the beads, but the necklace was broken, and sort of boring and not really my style.

So I decided to take it apart and make it into a new necklace.

Here’s how I did it:

Step #1

broken vintage necklace

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklaceFind a vintage necklace.  Make sure that the beads aren’t fused.  The necklace should have beads that can be separated.

This particular necklace has the beads wire wrapped and attached, so I took my pliers and separated them.  If you find a strung necklace, simply cut it apart.

Step #2

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklace

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklace

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklace

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklace

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklace

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklaceTo get the wire out of the beads, I had to cut one end off and slide the wire out.

Step #3

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklace

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklaceI purchased this new finding that went great with my vintage necklace.

Step #4

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklaceMake bead dangle charms with the crystal beads.

Step #5

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklace

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklaceCut a short length of chain and then add the dangles to the chain with jump rings.  Add the dangles to the chain on alternative sides.

Step #6

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklace

Make a second chain of bead dangles.

Step #7

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklace

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklaceAdd the 2 chains of bead dangles to the back of the finding using jump rings.

Step #8

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklaceAdd chain to the finding.

Step #9

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklaceAdd 1 end of a clasp to each end of the chain.

Step #10

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklace

upcycling a vintage necklace into a new necklaceEnjoy your new necklace!

Do you have any broken necklaces around?  Are you going to try to repurpose them?

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4 thoughts on “Create a Cool New Necklace From a Broken Vintage Necklace

  1. That’s a great idea and yes, I have purchased some vintage pieces and though about re-purposing them! They are the chip style necklaces and I could either make a cool bracelet or several pairs of dangle earrings!

  2. Kim, I love your new style necklace, and the Garden Necklace as well. Question: where are you finding those Flower connectors with the loops on the back. LOVE them but haven’t seen them anywhere!

    Thanks,
    Deb

    • Hi Deb,
      Well, to be honest, I don’t know unfortunately. I have a large collection in my “stash” and when I first started making jewelry I wasn’t teaching how to make it, so I don’t remember. I do know that I purchase things from Etsy – no one supplier in particular there, Fire Mountain Gemstones, Happy Mango Beads (although I’m sure they aren’t from there because I only started buying from there in the past several months and what you’re asking about is older) and sometimes I will buy stuff from Michaels and A.C. Moore if I see something interesting. I haven’t been able to pinpoint exactly where they’re from unfortunately.
      Warmly,
      Kim

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