Typewriter Key Jewelry

While typewriters aren't something most of us use anymore, if you have one sitting in your cellar or at the back of a closet, you might want to give it another look if you are at all handy. Typewriter key jewelry is all the rage nowadays, for bracelets, pendants and neat pins and keyrings.

My favorite typewriter key jewelry is made from the original vintage typewriter keys coming from old manual typewriters. The classics are made by Smith Corona, Remington and Underwood. But those are just a few of the major typewriter manufacturers from days gone by. There's also lots of jewelry being made with reproductions of old typewriter keys so if you want authentic vintage goods, be on the look-out for those when you shop.

Of course, we are getting to the point where virtually any typewriter might be considered vintage, but we aren't there yet! Typewriters are still made and purchased today. This might surprise you if you have only ever typed on a computer keyboard, but honestly typewriters are a lot more convenient for some things (such as envelopes and filling out forms) than the computer.

But enough about business, we're here to talk about jewelry. The first time I ever saw typewriter key jewelry was on a crafting site called Craftster. It was a very cool bracelet. But it wasn't long before this jewelry style started popping up all over the place and you'll find plenty of jewelry makers who use vintage typewriter keys on websites such as Etsy and Ebay.

There are a lot of Etsy artists making typewriter key jewelry, so it wouldn't even be possible for me to link to all of them, but it's easy enough to check out their website and do a search if you are looking for something special.

But I do have a couple off favorite Etsy artists that are selling typewriter key jewelry, so you should definitely check out what they have to offer.

Typewriter key pendant by GwenDelicious
Typewriter key pendant by GwenDelicious

Etsy Artists

The first is GwenDelicious. I really like her simple typewriter key pendants. Rimmed in silver, they have a clean and elegant look to them.

In addition to the pendants, her shop also features typewriter key cufflinks. Be sure to look for the custom jewelry made from the striker keys found inside old typewriters too if you want something quite different.

typewriter key ring by KeysandMemories
typewriter key ring by KeysandMemories

For some more ornate pieces, take a look at these typewriter key rings by KeysandMemories. The original vintage typewriter key is mounted onto a silver filigree ring. The rings are adjustable.

The shop also features some neat pendants using typewriter keys, and for something different, look for the jewelry made with Scrabble tiles.

Etsy isn't the only place to find typewriter key jewelry. It's all over Ebay as well. These are some examples of the jewelry made available there.

If you would rather make your own typewriter key jewelry, but don't have access to a vintage typewriter of your own, Ebay and Etsy are also both good places to find parts -- so you should be able to pick up a bag of keys.

In the long run, it will be cheaper to just buy the keys rather than a whole typewriter, especially as intact vintage typewriters are a collectible in their own right and can often be quite expensive (not to mention heavy, think of the shipping!)

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fiksy02 6 years ago

wow good, i'll look out for them. they are so cute!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

That is very cool. I never thought of jewelry made from typewriter keys.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Actually a very interesting way to use old typewriter keys, and probably a perfect gift for writers in particular. Great hub.


GwenDELICIOUS 6 years ago

Thank you for highlighting my typewriter key necklaces!


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embitca 6 years ago from Boston Author

You're welcome, Gwen! They are very beautiful!


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

Enjoyed your hub - a new craft for me, but what a neat idea!


Dazzling Image 5 years ago

Very unique and creative! I love the pendants made of typewriter keys. Good way to recycle old typwwriters that are not functioning.


Buster 5 years ago

Hi - As a lover of antiques and books, and a former writer, I LOVE making these! It's a way to honor these old machines..

Visit my shop at http://busterandboo.etsy.com for more typewriter key jewelry, thank you!


lew 5 years ago

as a collector of antique typewriters, and as a member of the next generation, i would appreciate it if you only use reproduction keys, destroying beautiful, often still working antique typewriters just for their keys is terrible, and is destroying our history.

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