Saturday, 4 August 2012

Thrift Store Blog hop - Reveal!

With everything going on - the BSBP, the Olympics, the fleeting summer, life in general - it seemed like I joined this hop ages ago. And in case you've forgotten, here's a little reminder.

Sarah Goode of Pookledo started a great little challenge. We were meant to buy an item for £1 ($1.50) or less from a thrift shop and use it in a piece of jewelry. I found this sweet copper ring.

After fiddling around with it a bit, I decided on what other components to use. I chose some ceramics in pale purples, blues, and pinks by Tania Grey. I wrapped, strung, and tied them to some sage green silk I hand frayed.

Once I decided how, but not where to use the ring, I made a copper clasp to match.

The closure works surprisingly smoothly, but finishing off the bracelet took a bit of effort. I had to make everything just the right length, or else it would be too loose and flop on the wrist.

Even though I'm not big on hearts, I made a copper heart link to keep the theme going. The pastel colors are gentle on the eye, the hearts add a touch of sweetness, and the style is refreshingly bohemian. And that silk is SO soft.

Don't forget to check out what everyone else has made. The full list of participants is below. Happy hopping!

Sarah -
Deb -
Kimberley -
Skye -
Ambra -
Beti -
Emma -
Shelley -
Tammie -
Leah -
Denielle -
Keri Lee -
Rochelle -
Pam -
Ingetraud -
Audrey -
Julie Anne -
Sharyl -
Micheladas - 
Lo -
Kala -
Dee -


  1. What a gorgeous ring! And your bracelet is so very creative and pretty. Love it.

  2. A great use of your item! I love how the theme of hearts goes through the whole piece.

    Well done and thanks for taking part :)

  3. Really beautiful job on this all the way around!

  4. Very creative, I would have left that behind because I don't have metalwork capabilities, but now I will think twice about pieces like that. NIce job.

  5. Wow, Leah, you did a great job. Love the bracelet.

  6. What a great find. I bet it's lovely and soft to wear. Very pretty :)

  7. Oohhh fuuuzzzyyy... :D

    I love that clasp! You do realize you're going to be looking a rings with that in mind every where you go, now, right? lol

  8. Nice! You used that lovely ring in a great way!


  9. Your clasp is delightful.Thanks for and hugs Tanya

  10. Love your bracelet and I love how you used the ring as a clasp.. Great job.

  11. Oh, oh, oh!!! I soo love this piece! I'm not really a big, sweet hearts and gushy stuff either, but I so love the theme, and your wire heart is so very cute! Well done!!

  12. I never would have thought to use that ring as a clasp. You are a smart bunny! The bracelet is sweet. Love the calming colors and the mix of silk with ceramic is a really nice mix!

  13. Great idea for a clasp! Well done! Love the bracelet!
    I am a forgotten/overlooked participant:

    1. Thanks, Dee! I added your link to my post.

  14. Thank you for your lovely comments! This has been a fun hop.

  15. Love the whole thing. Using the ring as a clasp is inspired. Great job!

  16. Like you, Leah, I'm not partial to heart motifs... but this totally works! Sometimes we just gotta "listen to the beads"...

  17. That little copper heart totally makes it! Isn't it funny the things we fight sometimes... but it's totally right - great work

  18. Thanks for your comments! I'm chuffed. :)

  19. I just love this bracelet. It looks like it would be so comfortable to wear and is so cute.