I love a bargain. I often find myself scouring clearance sections of stores. One of my favorites is craft stores. I find bags of beads and findings that might be missing one, or tools that someone purchased and returned, or something that didn't sell that is perfect for me. in the case of the lovely brooch you see above, or was missing a rather large focal rhinestone. when I picked it up I immediately knew I had something special. It is all glass rhinestones. which are very heavy. This gives it some serious weight. It is very sturdy. Even at the regular price of $17.99 it would have been worth buying. However since it was damaged, I got it for a steal at 8.99! I know, right? I figured I could find something in my vast collection of crap, er, materials to fill the void. So I bought it. I decided the most logical thing to use was a button. I had just recently been given a tin of vintage buttons that I hadn't really looked through yet. I have lots of jars and boxes of vintage buttons but these are special.
These buttons belonged to a friend's mother. She had shown them to me about a year ago but was quite ready to part with them. A month or so ago with great deal of trepidation she gave them to me. I looked through them and found a tarnished rhinestone button that was missing a stone. I placed it in the hole and it fit perfectly! I glued it in place with some E-6000 (FYI best jewelry glue ever!) Them I took silver glitter glue and filed in the missing stone. I then used gold glitter glue to cover the tarnished metal of the button. I let it dry overnight. I wore it the next day to lots of compliments. I won't be selling this piece. I'm a pinaholic! But I'm always on the lookout for stuff I can rework. So next time you come across something broken or less than perfect on a clearance shelf don't assume it's no good. Because when it comes to upcycling. nothing is beyond repair.
Re-Usin' by Susan is the culmination of many years of exploration and experimentation in jewelry making. People ask me how I got to be so creative. I tell them I ate paste as a child.