What’s Old Is New Again – Artbeads Blogging Challenge

It is time to share another Artbeads Blog Partners Blogging Challenge design with you!  For this challenge, we were to create a design that took inspiration from the past and to incorporate at least one old or antique element, combining that element with modern pieces from Artbeads.

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For the focal, I etched and distressed a large copper heart and brass washer, and used eyelets and rivets to connect them, giving it a steampunk feel.

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For the chain, I used Artbeads’ antique brass-plated box rolo chain coupled with a large-link silver-toned chain from my stash.  I also created spring links from steel wire and filled them with amazonite rounds secured by copper wire to add more of an industrial feel to the piece.  The clasp is made by coiling wire onto a loop that fits over a fantastic steamppunk-themed button.  The rolo chain and button can be found in Artbeads’ steampunk collection



For the “something old” part of the necklace, I have been saving some antique sewing machine pieces and parts that fit perfectly into the piece.


I loved this challenge, and have a couple more designs up my sleeve to share soon.  If you are interested in purchasing this necklace, it is available in my Etsy shop.

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diane cook said...

So unique Molly! Really love your button closure =) Hope you had a beautiful Mother's Day!

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Michelle Mach said...

What a unique idea to use sewing parts in your necklace! A beautiful piece!

Sweetwater Designs said...

Very cool..I especially love the use of the old sewing machine parts..what great creative karma! :-)


Angela said...

Really like how you incorporated the new with the old and how you integrated all of the pieces. Very nice job, love that you used old sewing machine parts.