How to Make Vintage Jewelry With Vintage Jewelry Components, Vintage

The word vintage brings my sister first and foremost to mind. The word is part of her email address, so there’s that. More importantly, she is very interested in “vintage” and a collector of many different vintage items. She collects favorites from typewriters to toys to furniture. She also likes to adapt her finds to suit her needs or enhance her surroundings – kind of a “vintage reduxer.”

Here is a recent design she did using some of my metal stamps. She took an antique silver spoon, flattened it with a hammer and steel bench block, then stamped a word on the flattened face of the spoon. She added the modified spoon and a plant to a pot she painted and distressed – fabulous! And what a great gift.

Tanya's flower pot with stamped silver spoon

Tanya’s flower pot with stamped silver spoon

Vintage also brings my mind around to jewelry and jewelry making, of course. Usually (for me) this includes the use of filigree, chain, pearls, soft-colored crystals, fabric, and darker metals. I also like to incorporate old photos into designs with a vintage flair; like this image of my grandmother captured under mica.

How to make vintage jewelry, Riveted filigree with grandmother's picture, Jewelry Stringing collection

Nana captured between mica and a brass blank

And this picture of another one of my grandmother’s held in place between two filigree riveted together.

How to make vintage jewelry, Riveted filigree with grandmother's picture, Jewelry Stringing collection

Grandmother surrounded by filigree

Each year my sister and two of our cousins hit up an antique jewelry sale held as a fundraiser in Lancaster, PA. Each year we leave with great finds and I vow to transform my treasures into new designs. So far I have a nice vintage collection but no new transformed jewelry. Someday!

Vintage means so much more than these few examples, of course. And I love the feelings brought forward by each of the designs in the new Jewelry Stringing Vintage Summer beading pattern collection. I also love how each artist shows us how to make vintage jewelry following their vision and inspiration. It’s also easy to fall in love with the materials they used.

Martha Thomas combines a beautiful palette of beads into a necklace dripping with femininity in Days Gone By. This necklace brings a subtlety to any outfit making it perfect for a summer picnic, out to dinner wearing a summery dress, or to the movies with your family or your sweetie.

How to make vintage jewelry, Martha Thomas, Days Gone By, Jewelry Stringing collection

Days Gone By by Martha Thomas

I love Irene Z by Anne Perry and know this is a design either of my cousins would favor. The sharp yet pleasing contrast of the vintage yellow and dark blue teardrop beads, the subtle yet effective use of the antique brass spacers, and oh, those sweet zipper rosettes! Oh, my, what a combination.

How to make vintage jewelry, Irene Z, by Anne Perry, Jewelry Stringing collection

Irene Z by Anne Perry

This necklace design is on my “to find” list – find the vintage beads and components so I can have a similar design made in time for gifting at Christmas!

Another design to look for beads and components for is Sun Daisy by Rejetta Sellers. I love how Rejetta combines just a few key pieces which seem to be informed by the amazing pendant. Then, how she sets them up as the focal, setting it off with a simple chain, the perfect metal accent that really brings the necklace together.

How to make vintage jewelry, Sun Daisy by Rejetta Sellers, Jewelry Stringing collection

Sun Daisy by Rejetta Sellers

The Neverland Collar by Megan Lenhausen is just as sweet as she is. I’m a big fan of blue, white, and yellow any day – and in this design they are crisp and fresh! The lacy flower trim and the soft pastel pink ribbon bring the whole design together.

How to make vintage jewelry, Megan Lenhausen, Peter Pan Collar, Jewelry Stringing collection

Neverland Collar by Megan Lenhausen

The subtle colors, feminine touches, and the beautiful, vintage-inspired designs found in this collection are delightful. The designs show how to transform vintage materials into a current design and how to use current materials and turn them into a vintage-inspired designs. Make one or one of each – you can’t go wrong.

Have a favorite vintage jewelry design or technique, a tip to share for creating a vintage look, or where to find good vintage materials? Please leave a comment at We’d all love to hear from you.

Yours in creativity,


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