I hate to see beautiful old jewelry go to waste. We all seem to have the odd earring or a broken necklace that has sentimental value. This is a great way to preserve those sentimental adornments. That said, I confess that I find many pieces in thrift stores or at estate sales. Old beads are easy to find and pretend pearls are essential to the overall look of the frame. I don’t *think* I’ve ever glued down a genuine diamond, but if I did nobody will probably ever know.
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If the necklaces or bracelets you find are tangled up, you can just clip off the pieces you want as I have here. Once I have a healthy supply of baubles, I find a cheap picture frame or mirror, get out the wood glue and start embellishing. (I do spray paint the frame if it’s not metal already. This way any small gap won’t show up.)
Once every last inch of the frame is covered in bits of bling, I seal it with varnish or polyurethane to seal the entire piece.
This is a lovely compliment to a retro girl’s room and a dandy gift particularly if the jewelry has any heirloom qualities. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just eye-catching.