I like the rugged, steampunk look of unconventional jewelry made with hardware, and wanted to give it a try. I found several building kits in the toy section at Dollar Tree, and they were full of interesting pieces of hardware. I bought one of the kits (to build a dog?) and started experimenting with the pieces.
I have come up with four jewelry designs using materials from this single $1 box of hardware! See part 2 HERE. Here’s our first project: a “rusty” metal bracelet.
- Hardware from a Toy kit
- Jewelry or super glue
- Embossing ink and powder
- Jewelry chain
Step one: Press an embossing ink pad on the metal piece, and pour embossing powder on it. I used a distressed powder by Tim Holtz to create a rust effect. Tap off the excess powder.
Step two: Use a heat tool to emboss the powder onto the metal. Be careful not to touch the metal because it will be very, very hot. Let the piece cool.
Step three: Use superglue or jewelry glue to add three rhinestones onto the metal.
Step four: Add a chain with jump rings to make a bracelet.
I was planning to make the piece more masculine for my boys to wear, but liked it so much that I added the bling and kept it for myself. You could glue stones for a completely different look. As I mentioned earlier, I have three more projects you can make from this one dollar store kit, so check back to see what the next jewelry with hardware project is!