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Crafting Necklace Pendants from Found Objects

Oct 06, 2015
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Cathe Holden

A found object is an item, artifact or fragment that would not necessarily be considered art, but becomes art when repurposed. I have collected bits of found objects from years of thrift store, flea market and antique store shopping for very little cost. I enjoy crafting these otherwise un-noteworthy smaller items into accessories that I can wear.

Here are three quick-and-easy necklace pendant projects for attaching these items to necklace chains. You may already have what you need to do this – this project uses minimal tools and supplies. 

Crafting Necklace Pendants from Found Objects 

A tiny, distressed, vintage tart-tin can be easily turned into a delightful charm by using a power drill to make a small hole near the edge of the pan. Add a simple jewelry jump ring to suspend from a chain. For a filled display, drill two small holes near the scalloped wall closer to the base fold, and insert a jump ring. Fill the tin/cup with a photo or tiny collected objects and coat with a clear acrylic, melted acrylic powder or clear epoxy. If the tin is rusty, finish the pendant, either filled or non-filled, with a clear coating of spray acrylic paint or paint with clear enamel.

Crafting Necklace Pendants from Found Objects 

Collectables, such as the ones pictured above, are not only unique, but they are also great conversation starters! I attached a brass sewing machine label that I found to a small vintage leather coin purse, and a little brass eye-hook screw to the top of an old wood-handle rubber stamp to create unique statement necklaces.

Crafting Necklace Pendants from Found Objects 

Necklace charms can be made from vintage metal tool and fob tags, most of which already have holes. For objects such as coins or small numbered window-sash tacks, as shown above (with sharp point snipped off), a jeweler’s drill punch pokes the perfect hole. These drills can be found in most craft and bead stores. String charms separately along a chain with individual jump rings, or stacked using a single jump ring.

What have you crafted with objects you’ve found?

Photos courtesy of Cathe Holden.

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