So yesterday I started this 31 day challenge under the topic of DIY Jewelry Making. As I am honing what I really want to do, and what compels me to write and be creative, I realize that more specifically, my 31 day challenge is about repurposed items turned into jewelry. I’m not a great step-by-step writer; these pieces of jewelry are made more to inspire, not necessarily always duplicate.
Now I know the word “repurpose” is used pretty often lately. For me, it means seeing value in something that has been discarded and finding a new purpose for it. It’s fun looking at things in a way they weren’t necessarily designed for. It’s giving something a new life, and more importantly, finding beauty in it.
Today’s piece is one of my favorites. It’s a cuff (which I will continually say is my preferred piece of jewelry to wear), and it highlights one of my most-loved charms that I couldn’t figure out how to use…until now. And the best part? It’s made from this…
Yes, I took a strip of leather from this vintage traveler’s case that I picked up at a ranch sale for a buck! Look at that monogram! Fabulous. So I get a cuff, a traveler’s suitcase that I relined with some funky, Asian fabric, and still thinking of what project to do with the broken glass that was a mirror originally inside. I wrapped it around and stitched a clasp to the end (leaving a little leather out at the end). Then to add a little dimension, I sewed a necklace charm with a lapis stone near the clasp. You see, my friend bought this charm for me while we were traveling through Costa Rica oh, like, 100 years ago. I have always loved it, but have never worn it because I wear a simple turquoise cross as a necklace that I haven’t changed out for 10 years. So now it gets displayed in a prominent, place of value, and it’s usually the component that is commented on the most in regards to the cuff.