Create A Necklace With A Broken Clip

One of my absolute favorite hobbies is making jewelry, and re-purposing odds and ends for necklaces is something I feel passionate about. When my sparkly hair clip broke a couple of years ago, I saved it because I knew one day I would be able to incorporate it into my jewelry making. Recently, I started going through my beads after a jewelry making hiatus, and I discovered a few vintage beads that I had bought at a garage sale in the 1980s. I remembered the man was so tired of the boy my mom was babysitting and I hanging out around the garage sale, so he ended up giving me the entire collection of beads for about two dollars. Some of these vintage beads I incorporated into other pieces, such as the heart pendants. Take a look at the pictures below to see how I created this beautiful necklace by re-purposing a broken sparkly clip, and turning it into a pendant.

Here is a picture of the completed necklace with the repurposed broken sparkly clip, which is now a butterfly pendant on my new necklace.  See, you can make something new out of something old!
Here is a picture of the completed necklace with the repurposed broken sparkly clip, which is now a butterfly pendant on my new necklace. See, you can make something new out of something old! | Source

Making The Neclace With Sparkle And Repurpose

Assemble the pattern you would like to make for your necklace.  You can also use a bead board to do this.
Assemble the pattern you would like to make for your necklace. You can also use a bead board to do this. | Source
I attached two jump rings so I would be able to slide the broken part of the sparkly butterfly hair clip on the necklace.  The broken hair clip will be the pendant for the necklace.
I attached two jump rings so I would be able to slide the broken part of the sparkly butterfly hair clip on the necklace. The broken hair clip will be the pendant for the necklace.
I slipped the first jump ring of the pendant on the beading wire, and then added the aqua colored bead.  After this I added the other side of the jump wring to the pendant.  I like to begin beading a necklace by first adding the pendant.
I slipped the first jump ring of the pendant on the beading wire, and then added the aqua colored bead. After this I added the other side of the jump wring to the pendant. I like to begin beading a necklace by first adding the pendant. | Source
Now place one black glass bead on each side of the pendant.  I like the contrast between the aqua colored bead between the jump rings attached the the pendant, and the black beads on each side of it.
Now place one black glass bead on each side of the pendant. I like the contrast between the aqua colored bead between the jump rings attached the the pendant, and the black beads on each side of it. | Source
Place one large acrylic bead on each side of the necklace.  I like the contrast between the clear, black, aqua, and silver colors added to the necklace thus far.
Place one large acrylic bead on each side of the necklace. I like the contrast between the clear, black, aqua, and silver colors added to the necklace thus far. | Source
Here I added a large aqua colored bead of the necklace.  These beads are actually vintage.
Here I added a large aqua colored bead of the necklace. These beads are actually vintage. | Source
Continuing the pattern by adding another clear large acrylic bead to each side of the necklace.
Continuing the pattern by adding another clear large acrylic bead to each side of the necklace. | Source
Here I am adding one large aqua vintage bead to each side of the necklace.
Here I am adding one large aqua vintage bead to each side of the necklace. | Source

The dark silver and light silver beads I am adding to this necklace are fake glass and acrylic pearls, but I love the way these beads look.  Also, I am using small glass cylinder shaped beads in the pattern for my necklace, and I will place one in between each fake pearl.  I am excited because I rediscovered this stash of beads recently, which I have had since 1993!  It feels good to go through all crafting supplies and finally get around to using the things that have been in storage for awhile.  As I mentioned above the large aqua beads are vintage, but I am not sure about exactly how old these are because I bought these at a garage sale back in the 1980's. 

Add one dark silver fake pearl bead to each side of the necklace.
Add one dark silver fake pearl bead to each side of the necklace. | Source
Add a small cylinder shaped bead to each side of the necklace.  The cool thing about these beads is I have had these since 1993, and now I am finally using the rest!
Add a small cylinder shaped bead to each side of the necklace. The cool thing about these beads is I have had these since 1993, and now I am finally using the rest! | Source
Here I put a light silver fake pearl bead on each side of the necklace.
Here I put a light silver fake pearl bead on each side of the necklace. | Source

Continue the pattern of one dark silver fake pearl, one small glass cylinder bead, and one light silver fake pearl up both sides of the necklace.  Take a look at the pictures below to see the necklace to shape.

Add another small cylinder glass bead to each side of the necklace.
Add another small cylinder glass bead to each side of the necklace. | Source
Here I added another dark pearl to each side of the necklace.
Here I added another dark pearl to each side of the necklace. | Source
Here I add another small glass cylinder bead to each side of the necklace.
Here I add another small glass cylinder bead to each side of the necklace. | Source
Here I have added two light silver fake pearl beads; one to each side of the necklace.  These beads are round and flat.
Here I have added two light silver fake pearl beads; one to each side of the necklace. These beads are round and flat. | Source
Added another small cylinder glass bead to each side of the necklace.
Added another small cylinder glass bead to each side of the necklace. | Source
Here I added another fake dark silver pearl to each side of the necklace.
Here I added another fake dark silver pearl to each side of the necklace. | Source
Add another cylinder glass bead to each side of the necklace.
Add another cylinder glass bead to each side of the necklace. | Source
One rock shaped light silver fake pearl bead was added to each side of the necklace.  I am loving the contrast between the light and dark silver fake pearls.
One rock shaped light silver fake pearl bead was added to each side of the necklace. I am loving the contrast between the light and dark silver fake pearls. | Source
Here I added another glass cylinder bead to each side of the necklace.
Here I added another glass cylinder bead to each side of the necklace. | Source
Here I added another fake dark silver pearl to each side of the necklace.
Here I added another fake dark silver pearl to each side of the necklace. | Source
Here I added one glass cylinder bead to each side of the necklace.
Here I added one glass cylinder bead to each side of the necklace. | Source
I added a round and flat light silver fake pearl bead to each side of the necklace.
I added a round and flat light silver fake pearl bead to each side of the necklace.
So I continue the pattern up both sides of the necklace with the dark silver, cylinder glass bead, and light silver bead.
So I continue the pattern up both sides of the necklace with the dark silver, cylinder glass bead, and light silver bead. | Source
Once all the beads were added to both sides of the necklace I attached the clasp to each side using jewelry pliers.
Once all the beads were added to both sides of the necklace I attached the clasp to each side using jewelry pliers. | Source
Here is the completed necklace with the broken sparkly clip repurposed as the pendant.
Here is the completed necklace with the broken sparkly clip repurposed as the pendant. | Source

Make Your Own Jewelry

You can make your own jewelry at home by purchasing beads and supplies from eBay or Amazon, both of which have many great deals.

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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Sweetiepie, You are quite talented! Beautiful work. I love sparkley things. Have you considered selling your stuff in Ebay or from your personal website? Its really good work. I just purchased a bracelet made of two crystals for $29.99 from a website that showed up in Facebooks ads, and the work is something that you would do. I love it, will be wearing all day tomorrow and the next... until I get tired of the bracelet. :)


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jigg2009 5 years ago from Cracow

I agree. It looks great. Good work :)


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi VioletSun,

That is a great suggestion, but I like to just write about jewelry and art projects I make for myself because this allows me to just focus on writing and creating :). I do have a Zazzle Shop though, and I get a few sales through that once and awhile.

Jigg2009,

Thanks you!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

This is so beautiful, my friend. As a man I just appreciate the beauty of this jewelry. I'll show this to my sister. I believe she'll love this one. God bless you. Take care!

Prasetio


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danieliuhasz 5 years ago from Romania

That looks really good! Some time ago I also tried to make a present for a friend.. you wouldn't want imagine me making something small and easily breakable. Disaster!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Prasetio,

I am sure your sister will have fun making jewelry. Thanks for thinking of sharing this article with her.

Danieliuhasz,

I am sure you are better at making jewelry than you think! Start with something simple, and work up. Check out my hub on how to make simple jewelry, that might give you a few ideas!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

You are a genius. Thank you for your detailed information and super photos


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you Hello, Hello!


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GiulianaMoore 5 years ago

Sweetiepie, this is fantastic work! I absolutely LOVE repurposed items...this gives me an idea for a few of the broken clips I have lying around. Thanks for sharing the idea :)


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amybradley77 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing this, I have done a few things like this with jewlery too. It's a fun and fashionable craft, love your necklace by the way. The butterfly, and blue beads looks like something I would wear, nicely done! A.B.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you Giuilana and Amy!

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