Took 3 days on and off to make two necklaces with watchfaces and metal butterflies. I am only showing you this one, Pink Hot, since I need to retake the photos on the other one.
I started off with this silver metal butterfly. I wanted it to be the focal point. I added one of my recycled watchfaces in black. Then I weaved through the butterfly a ball and chain to hang the brass bell. Used gold plated chain links, oval shaped. To balance the left side, I added a couple of black 11/0 seedbead loops and dangled 2 tiny keys.
For the peyote tubes, I made two of each color. Gunmetal gray, hot pink and black. Used 8/0 Dyna-mites from Fire Mountain Gem and Beads. (14 seedbeads across/9 rows) The tubes slide over the chain. Can be grouped together or spaced further apart.
I will probably list this necklace at Etsy. Here are my Etsy-ready photos.
Necklace measures 22″.
Original design by This Year’s Dozen. Please do not copy or post elsewhere without my permission. Thanks.
I think this will be the watch I will attempt Steampunk. Timex Electric. I have some of the pieces lined up. At least, this is my plan. But you know what happens when you try to design something. Having to make changes or adjustments as you go.
You are probably wondering how I am coming along with my watch salvaging. Really good!! Half of them have been taken apart. Six or seven I decided to leave as is, just in case I can get them repaired. About 10 are being stubborn. I can’t for the life of me get the back case off. Those I will take to my neighborhood watch repair shop and ask them to do it.
This is the one I am working on next. Upper right corner.
Also, look at this great stuff I found on eBay. Cool, huh?
Eternity. That’s the name on the watchface. Ironic, huh? Eternity, and it no longer works.
Sorry, I didn’t get a Before photo. I had already taken it apart. I pieced this together for you. It had a REALLY well worn lavender watchband.
Isn’t this pretty?
Too pretty to just toss in the trash. I had an idea on what I wanted to make. A necklace using the main colors. Blue and pink.
I took the watchface with me to Munro’s last week and picked out one strand of blue glass beads and one of little pink round glass ones with flowers.
Here’s one of the reasons it takes me so long to create something. Right in the middle of working on a design, I change directions. You can see in this picture, one side already connected to the watchface. I took this all apart so it could connect with a lobster claw clasp instead. Undo, restart.
Moving on…. Another couple hours trying to get the correct size beads inserted into the giant keychain ball the way I wanted. And then deciding on how many strands of seed beads. For balance.
Hubby went out to Ace Hardware to get me these chains. Wasn’t that sweet of him!!
And the final look. It isn’t much Steampunk. More fashionable. I just didn’t see the point of adding gears and other parts. The chains are enough.
Found more keys yesterday. In a craft bin. In an old, old plastic container filled with different sizes of safety pins. Who uses safety pins anymore? And why do I need them in all sizes. Boy, what a strange collection.
One key has U.S.P.S. stamped on it. Uh, Oh. The Post Office Police have probably been looking for it. 😀 The others I have no clue what they used to lock/unlock.
With Steampunk on my mind, I decided at noon that I would go to a few garage/yard sales to look for usable metal stuff. Started off the intelligent way. Checked the net. Only found one in my area. June 4th. I wanted to go to one TODAY!! (Sounding like a 2 yr old)
Got in my car, drove around for an hour. Pretty yards, pretty flowers. No Yard Sales!!
So, I did the next best thing.
Went from room to room in my own house. Opened all the drawers. I hit the jackpot in the dining room. Now, I have to tell you. The last time anyone was in there was 5 years ago for a family holiday gathering. There’s a beautiful table in there, china cabinet sitting on top of the hutch, 6 chairs, etc. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IN THERE!!?? Nothing!! So it was no surprise that I found lots of goodies. Hidden treasures.
Aren’t these GREAT!! And just yesterday I saw some skeleton keys like these for $10 each. On-line. Ouch.
I found a bunch of other stuff I can use. But none as interesting as these keys. Stay tuned for my Steampunking stuff.
So far, I have taken apart 15 watches. It is slow going.
I am salvaging whatever parts I can.
Here’s what I have discovered….
half of them have the exact same insides
to pry off the back, locate the tiny little arrow
some have absolutely no manufacturer’s name shown
3 actually DO work. (Oops)
one of the working ones talks, a watch for the blind.
These are the working ones.
Also, I know zilch about the “face” value of a watch. I fell in love with this Pierre Nicol watch. Wore it on my arm for several hours. Getting comfortable with it. Thinking MAYBE it could be repaired. But wanted to do some research first on the brand name. Glad I did. I found one on Amazon selling for 1.99. LOL!! Most were under $20. Now tell me. Doesn’t this look like it should cost more than that?
There are some interesting watches in the bunch. 2 Gucci’s (though Hubby said they are probably knockoff’s), Kenneth Cole New York, Disney Minnie Mouse, 3 glitter Christmas trees and a Santa Claus.
I have chosen seven watches I wish had been in my jewelry box. One for each day of the week. Wouldn’t it have been cool to wear these!! I love them!!
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And not to leave you gentlemen out (if any are reading this), I have a few manly favorites too.