Recycling Old Jewelry

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About: I am a third-year Architecture major at the University of Texas at Austin. I enjoy creating and experimenting.

I have a lot of old necklaces that I don't wear, but I think they would make great bracelets or other pieces. Most of the time I just take them apart and sort them away to be used at a later date. This is a quick guide on how to reuse old jewelry, you dot have to follow it exactly. Be creative about it and use your imagination!

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Step 1: Things You'll Need

And old necklace- I used one from Delia's that I got a few years ago Pliers Findings that match your original piece (optional)

Step 2: Deconstruction

You new to take your old piece apart. Make sure that you don't destroy the clasp, chain or any jump rings, you will need these later. Separate your new parts and pieces into piles so that you know what you have to work with.

Step 3: Plan

Draw up a quick design that incorporates the parts from your old jewelry. It doesn't need to be too detailed, just enough so you get the point. Take your parts and lay them out according to your sketch.

Step 4: Put It Together

Because you've already laid out your new piece, all you need to do is use findings to put it together. This shouldn't take too much time if your plan is fairly simple. Once you've finished putting it together you are finished! Congrats, you've just recycled old(ish) jewelry and made something new!

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