Monday, June 24, 2013

Longevity Necklace and Earrings - Upcycling

Longevity Necklace and Earrings
Longevity Necklace and Earrings
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This was made from some old jewelry pieces my mom gave me: Chinese character meaning "Longevity" or "Long Life".




beaded bezel chinese longevity pendant
I had them for about a year or more and still had not thought what to do with it.  They came in separate pieces (not a set).  The round piece used for the pendant was originally stuck onto a brooch setting, but the gold plating on that had long started to come off and was looking a bit sad for wear.

I should have taken a "before" photo but I guess my over-eagerness to bead-bead just overcame rational thought (as per normal!)

The beaded bezel is done with size 11/0 seed beads in Peyote stitch.  The bail is in the same weave, done as one piece.


Chinese Longevity EarringsThe earring pieces were loose pieces from something or other.  They are either Mother of Pearl or some old seashell.  This set was designed for simplicity, highlighting the Chinese "longevity" characters.  So the earrings are wired together to dangle with with matching Freshwater pearls.  


Wire components are Sterling Silver.











Longevity Necklace and Earrings

Longevity Necklace and Earrings

Longevity Necklace and EarringsLongevity Necklace and Earrings






Created: Dec 2012
Materials:
  • recycled Mother of Pearl round "Longevity" piece
  • recycled Mother of Pearl or vintage seashell
  • seed beads (crystal AB), size 11/0
  • Freshwater pearls
  • .925 Sterling Silver chain, wire, and components
Longevity Necklace and Earrings - Upcycling

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