How to Make Jewelry Out of Household Items

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You don't have to go out and buy a lot of supplies to make a necklace, bracelet or earrings -- you can find jewelry ideas right in your own house. You can use everyday items like silverware, washers or safety pins. You will save money, and the ideas are simple, yet tasteful in style and design. The next time you are eating or repairing something, you may look at the items you are using in a new light and wonder what else you could be making.

Things You'll Need

  • Silverware
  • Hacksaw
  • 18 gauge wire
  • Pliers
  • Chain
  • Jump ring
  • Hammer
  • Safety pins
  • Seed beads
  • Charms
  • Image
  • Laser printer
  • Washer
  • All-purpose adhesive
  • Dimensional adhesive
  • Skewer
  • Cord
  • Bead
  • Ring terminal
  • Clasp

Spoon Necklace

  • Choose an old spoon with a pretty handle. Cut the handle off with the hacksaw. Equip your hacksaw with a metal blade and cut the handle right below the spoon part.

  • Bend the top or the narrow portion of your spoon handle down to make a loop. Leave an opening between the two parts of the handle, because you will need to attach a piece of wire through the hole. Position the back of the loop so it is facing the back side of the spoon handle.

  • Cut a piece of wire 4 or 5 inches long. Curl the end of the wire with needle-nosed pliers. This will give your wire a decorative touch. Insert the other end of the wire through the loop that you made on your spoon handle, pulling the wire through until the decorative curl is resting in front of the spoon handle.

  • Wrap the wire around the top portion of the spoon handle three times. You can make the loops close together, or space them apart. Place them the way you think they look the best.

  • Fashion a loop when the wire is on the backside of the spoon handle. Twist the wire around the loop to secure it and then cut the wire off. You need the loop to add a jump ring on so you have a place for your necklace chain. You can add more wire curls if you like by cutting more wire pieces, curling the ends, and then wrapping them around the spoon handle.

  • Hammer the wire that you put on the spoon. Hammering the wire will set the shape of the wire so it does not shift on you. Hammer the wire on both sides of the spoon handle to make everything secure.

  • Open a jump ring by positioning needle-nosed pliers on each side of the ring. Feel around the top of the jump ring with your finger to find the opening and have this on top between the pliers. Twist the pliers in opposite directions to open the jump ring and then put it onto the wire loop of your spoon handle. Close the jump ring by twisting the pliers the opposite way. Insert your necklace chain through the jump ring.

Safety Pin Bracelet

  • Open the safety pins. Take your pliers and untwist the loop in the middle of the pin. When you are finished, your safety pin will look like a "U" or will have a rounded section where the curly bend was located. Repeat this procedure until you have enough safety pins to go around your wrist or ankle, but leave one safety pin as is.

  • Place seed beads on the pin and push them up to the head. Fill half of the pin with beads.

  • Hook your next opened pin on by sticking the point of the pin through the hole on the head of the previous safety pin. Finish filling up the pin with beads, but leave enough space so you can close the safety pins. Close each pin after it is filled with beads. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have the one safety pin that you didn't bend left.

  • Attach a jump ring through both holes of the unbent safety pin. Add a charm to each jump ring and then close the jump rings tight. You can also add several charms throughout the bracelet by attaching jump rings onto the beaded sections of your bracelet.

  • Hook the unbent safety pin with the charms through the first and last safety pins on your bracelet. This safety pin acts as the closure clasp for your bracelet.

Washer Necklace

  • Choose a piece of patterned paper, such as paper used to make scrapbooks. You can use any pattern that you want.

  • Make a copy on a laser printer of your patterned paper. Do not use an ink printer for this project, because it will not work.

  • Place the washer onto the paper. Trace around the outside and inside circles with a pencil and then cut the pattern out. Remove the inside circle with a craft knife, because you have better control. Cut around the outside of the circle with a pair of scissors.

  • Place the washer with the smooth side down on the table. You want the patterned image to adhere to the rough side of the washer. Coat the entire top of the washer with all-purpose adhesive.

  • Lay the paper on top of the adhesive. Press down on the paper to smooth out and to remove any puckers or wrinkles. Allow 24 hours for the adhesive to dry.

  • Apply some dimensional adhesive over the top of the patterned side of the washer. Squeeze a stream of the dimensional adhesive around the middle section of the paper going all the way around. This will give your washer a glass-like finish. Spread the adhesive over the surface using a wooden skewer. Leave this to dry on a level surface for 48 hours. Do not touch it until the 48 hours has passed.

  • Cut a length of necklace cord to 21 inches or the length your want your necklace to be.

  • Fold the cord in half and thread through the middle of the washer going from back to front. Take the two end pieces over the top and down through the middle of the folded cord. Position the knot so it is at the top of the washer.

  • Keep the two ends together and thread a bead over them. Push the bead down until it rests on top of the washer.

  • Fold one end of the cord over 1/4 inch. Thread this section into a ring terminal and squeeze the ends of the terminal closed with your pliers. Do the same thing to the other end of the cord.

  • Attach one jump ring to the hole on the ring terminal. On the other end, repeat with the jump ring, only add the clasp along with the ring on the terminal. Your necklace is now ready to wear.

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