Reuse Your Broken Jewelry Creative And Useful Ideas To Help You
How to Use Broken Jewelry to Make a Mobile
Recycle smaller broken pieces of jewelry into a flowing, whimsical mobile that you can hang in just about any room. Collecting small broken pieces throughout the year may help you to create an interesting mobile but also, re-stringing a single piece of jewelry into a mobile can be equally as charming.
Plot Your Design
Take stock in what you have to create the mobile.Sift through jewelry boxes or even troll antique stores or garage sales for pieces. Have an idea of how you’d like the mobile to be structured before selecting pieces so you can assign areas for appropriate items.
- Consider integrating other found objects into your design. For example, you could anchor each mobile strand with antique doorknobs or oversize buttons. You don’t have to stick only to jewelry.
- Look for opportunities to string the jewelry and other pieces. Some pieces may have loops or hoops that can be strung. In some cases you may need to drill a small hole through the jewelry or item so it can be strung.
Determine size and length of the mobile.For larger rooms you’ll want to go grander to make a statement and not have the mobile get lost in the room. However, smaller, two or three strand mobiles may be ideal.
Identify a base that will be used to hold the strands in place.For example, you could use a beautiful Birch tree branch or even an antique hanger. Consider integrating an item that not only enhances your room but helps the mobile tell a story.
- Make sure you have a mechanism that will allow you to hang the base in a room. If necessary add a hook or hanger to the top of the base.
Select strand material.Mobiles can be made out of a variety of materials so choosing the strands that will hold your jewelry and hang from the mobile are extremely important. Consider fishing wire, ribbon, thread, yarn, clothing scraps and wire.
Prepare mobile base.Depending on how you plan to string your mobile you will either need to drill holes through the base or add small nails along the top so you can tie your strands.
- If you are using a base found in nature, clean and/or sand the item so it can be maintained in the home. You may also want to add a clear coat of sealant to add a more polished appeal.
String mobile strands.Begin by stringing the smaller pieces first. Wind string either around or through the jewelry pieces depending on how the jewelry is constructed.
Tie mobile strands to the base.String the strands either through the base and knot at the top or wind around the small nails that were adding during the prep phase.
Video: How to use Broken or Old Jewelry Tutorial
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