My girlfriend thought it might be a fun challenge to purchase a few pounds of bulk vintage jewelry from EBay and see what a few of us could make from it. When I arrived at the meeting, I drew a number, and received the corresponding numbered bag. It was like Christmas all over again! In there were some terribly cheesy wooden teacher necklaces, some 1960's plastic Christmas pins, plastic beads and a mishmash of everything silver, gold and painted, beaded and chained. Wow!
I took a deep breath and sorted the pile into what I liked and what I didn't and the silver pieces just stood out and screamed, "Use Me!". Like a crow, I kept picking at them -- taking a pair of pliers and prying off rhinestones from old necklaces, a fish from an old tie tack, some luggage keys and old buttons. Soon I had amassed enough to cover my $2 cuff from H&M that I had brought along on a whim.
As the room filled with the toxic fumes of my E-6000 glue, I glued away, placing the silver pieces all over the cuff until it looked just right and my head was just this side of getting high.
I love the way it glistens and it looks great on-- dare I say a little "steampunkish?" I would never describe myself as a "sparkly" person, but I'm dying to wear it, probably dressed down with my jean jacket next time I head for a night out.