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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Vintage Redesign Spotlight

The necklace below was gifted to me by some dear friends from North Dakota.  Many of us know them as the JunkFest Girls.  Andrea, Cassie, Lynette and Missy.  Thank you girls for thinking of me when you were out junking and for the fabulous gift of vintage jewelry and raw elements you sent my way for me to redesign with.  I loved it all.  This is the first feature from the JunkFest stash the girls sent my way.

The JunkFest girls knew a treausre when they spotted one.  The choker style necklace had a former life as a choker on a spandex style chain, with a simple locket in the middle of the spectacular surrounding elements.

The back side of the necklace shows how well made this piece is.

First thing I did was to remove the spandex choker portion of the necklace.  I then added some wire wrapped black wire to form the connections to the chain I chose to go with the focal portion of the design.  I added birds in flight, a rose, and such.  I added a vintage crystal rhinestone piece to the front of the locket and this really makes the piece come to life.

Sorry about the blurry photos.  I have a new camera that I rec'd early for Christmas and these problems should not be eliminated in the future.  A few things changed up and this necklace is now a long styled up to date piece that is perfect for the Vintage Redesign Styles I love to create.

This necklace was sold in November or early December at the French Flea of Anoka.  Each of these designs are a one-of-a-kind style and unique to each individual that purchases them.


  1. Oh my, how lovely and creative. I want one, looks like I need to check out your blog more to see what other yummy things are here.

  2. Gretchen, this piece turned out beautifully! That vintage necklace was very unusual and one of my favorites of the stash we sent you! I love what you've done with it! Can't wait to see more!
    Have a blessed holiday season with your family as you are enjoying the sun and sand!
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Gretchen! I honestly wouldn't have recognized this piece - holy buckets it looks FAB!! You definitely worked your "magic" once again! Hey, we are truly glad you found some pieces that are workable in the stash we sent you.

    Have a great holiday and we look forward to seeing you in 2010! Take care, Andrea


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