Thursday, October 6, 2011

Shake It Up!


A couple of weeks ago during one of my thrift store shopping sprees, I spotted these salt and pepper shakers.

I certainly didn't want them as shakers but decided to take a closer look anyway. When I discovered they were sporting the weekly 50% off colored ticket, the bargain hunter in me took over. I placed them in my cart, shopped a little longer and by the time I was through the check out I had created this design in my head!

The process for this pendant was really quite simple. First things first, I needed something solid to support the silver caps. I headed into the garage and was ecstatic to find a wood dowel that fit perfectly - how often does that happen? Hubby was kind enough to cut it to the right length for me before he took off to work. Such a great man!!

I glued the dowel into place with E600 (love that glue!) and then covered it with just the perfect section of a decorative paper (why is the perfect spot always in the middle of the paper?). I glued the rhinestone chain into place and applied ICE resin in three very thin coats. It does run so I had to rotate it quite often as it hardened.

For the final touch I forged a wire into a U-shape, inserted it through the tiny holes in the top cap, finished off the U with decorative curls and wire wrapped a large handmade jump ring to it. Since the pendant is kinda girly-girl, I thought it should be accented by an equal amount of femininity consisting of delicate silver chain, rhinestone chain and sheer ribbon. I knotted all three strands together in a few places and finished them off with a handmade hook clasp.


Don't be afraid to shake it up a bit!


Happy Creating!
Kathy

43 comments:

  1. I love the pendant and the post...great job! It makes me want to go thrifting!

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  2. Love this! thansk for sharing!

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  3. This is so lovely and original! Thanks for sharing the tutorial...I love it! I am a new follower!

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  4. Oh My Gosh!! This is Gorgeous! Thank You for sharing the Tutorial!
    Hugs
    Jill
    http://feathersandflight.blogspot.com/

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  5. I love the pendant! Gorgeous!
    New follower here from Pink Dandy Hop, http://truebluefansofthevampirediaries.blogspot.com/
    Hope you can stop by and follow back, thanks.

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  6. That is beautiful!!! So very creative!
    Happy Sunday =) Thanks for stopping by Pink Dandy Chatter...your followers widget isn't working. I will have to come back this afternoon and try again =)

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  7. It is very pretty and creative... I think I need one for myself.

    Jeanna @ dramaqueenseams.blogspot.com

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  8. This is beautiful and so original! You've definitely got a talent for turning something ordinary into the extraordinary!

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  9. This is just fabulous! You did a great job. I'd love to have one of these!

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  10. That is beautiful! I want one of these in my collection jewels! Thanks for linking up with us at Show & Share!

    Marie
    mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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  11. Thank you so much sharing and for linking up to our party Show and Share this week! Come on back this Wednesday to link up your current projects.

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com That is amazing and so pretty.

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  12. Just wanted to let you know I featured you today! Come grab a featured button! http://mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com/2011/10/show-share-9-features.html

    Marie
    mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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  13. Love this pendant, what a fab idea! I am your newest follower btw! x

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  14. Hi, friend! I pinned this on Pinterest. Btw, You've got tons of creativity and I'm admiring them all :) Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :) Also, while there, please feel free to link up your shop in my Market Your Biz and Giveaways party :)

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  15. Hi! I featured this here, pinned on Pinterest and posted on fb. Thanks for linking up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  16. You have great vision. This is an exquisite piece! Thanks for sharing. I pinned it.

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  17. Is this for sale? I went and looked around your amazing Etsy shop and didn't see it. I want this. If you are selling, let me know. :)

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  18. Kathy ... Amazing. I don't make jewelry, but your ideas are useful for upcycling almost anything. Thanks for all your tutorials. I have thrown away several shaker tops and just look how good you made them look. I need to go through my junk boxes with an open mind and make some gift cards. Audrey Z. at Timeless Treasures.

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  19. Stunning - you must have made this for me as this is my birth year and I love anything French :-)

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  20. Absolutely beautiful! (my birthyear too!) I hope you are the winner!!

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  21. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE This!!! My mom collects salt and pepper shakers. I'm totally going to keep my eye out for some shakers so I can make her one of these pendants. I just pinned it!
    Rachel

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  22. WOW!! What a neat idea! I'd never have known that's what it was made of...pretty and unique! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

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  23. Featuring this tomorrow at One Artsy Mama!
    oneartmama.blogspot.com

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  24. You are a creative genius! This is so lovely!!

    Thanks for sharing it at Knick of Time Tuesday!

    Blessings,
    Angie

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  25. WOW! So clever! I love this necklace. I'm going thrifting today and will now be looking for shakers! Pinning it!!!

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  26. LOVE it. How very creative and unique!!

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  27. Oh my gosh I love it! It is amazing are you selling it I would so buy it if you were

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  28. How can I follow you by regular, old fashioned email? Thanks, Patty

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  29. Such an inventive mind you have. This is really gorgeous and thank you so much for sharing. { <3 }

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  30. I love this pendent. Imagination + Creativity = You !!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Debbie, Texas

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  31. http://mitralee.blogspot.com/2013/01/shaker-top-vintage-valentines-day.html

    Linked up to you today for your necklace. Mine is a bit different, but wanted to make sure I passed credit along to you for the lovely idea. Thanks for sharing this in blogland.

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  32. Love this!! Thanks for sharing how you made it! :) Hope you have a great weekend! xx Holly

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  33. This is great.
    Just a thought, instead of a dowel,a wine cork could be used. Some of them have some nice designs on the inside.
    Once again, that is lovely.

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  34. Very creative & inspiring. Love it!

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I look forward to reading what you have to say. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment!

Have a great day!
Kathy