Hand Beaded Jewelry

Making a Vintage Beaded Necklace

Making a vintage beaded necklace isn't as strange as it first may sound.  Vintage kind of means "old", and how can you make something old?

By making a necklace from vintage beads and findings, of course!  And you don't need to pay an arm and a leg for them either, if you know where to find them.

purple-pink-white-beaded-necklaceI made this particular vintage beaded necklace with beads taken from various necklaces from the 60's and 70's.  It's all done in shades of pink, purple, magenta and white.  Some of the beads are shiney, some are matte.   The clasp is also vintage, and it's adjustable.

Finding the Supplies

Ah, finding the vintage bead supplies is actually much easier than you think.  I haunt the vintage jewelry section on ebay and look for necklaces from the 50s, 60s and 70s.  I'm checking for necklaces made with pretty beads and unusual clasps.  Yes, I take it all apart and reuse!

I have found some gorgeous crystal necklaces with wonderful 2 and 3 strand clasps.  And while the crystals are probably not Swarovski, they do glimmer and shine.  And I have found them in some very unusual shapes as well.

I've had my share of disappointments as well.  A necklace that I thought was going to be a real beauty turned out to be pretty sad. 

vintage-beaded-necklaceBut on the other hand, I've always been able to salvage something.  And I have had some that I thought were just nice turn out to be knockouts!

And I rarely pay more than $3 for a double-strand necklace, from which I get beads and a clasp and sometimes earrings to boot!

Keep in mind that vintage also tends to mean plated, when it comes to clasps and spacers.  Still, some of the plating includes a rhodium finish which still glows bright.

In this particular necklace, I chose to use some gold plated findings, most of which were harvested from other necklaces.

Hunt Down Those Vintage Beads for Your Own Necklace!

Check out yard sales and for that matter - your own jewelry box (who knows what's lurking in its depths)!

I get 95% of my vintage beads and findings from ebay, so I'll leave you with some goodies to ponder. 

Vintage Jewelry Lot Bead Necklaces Bracelets Purse Pendant Abalone Boho Stones
Vintage Jewelry Lot Bead Necklaces Bracelets Purse Pendant Abalone Boho Stones
$9.99
Time Remaining: 3d 10h 41m
Vintage mix color jewelry lot 8527 snap bead
Vintage mix color jewelry lot 8527 snap bead
$3.00
Time Remaining: 19d 2h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $3.00
Vintage To Now MOP Amber Color Bead Neclace Lot
Vintage To Now MOP Amber Color Bead Neclace Lot
$12.95
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 40m
Vintage Costume AB Rhinestone bead Mix Jewelry Lot CORO 1928 Liz Claiborne GF
Vintage Costume AB Rhinestone bead Mix Jewelry Lot CORO 1928 Liz Claiborne GF
$50.00
Time Remaining: 21d 14h 56m
Buy It Now for only: $50.00
VINTAGE FAUX PEARL BEAD NECKLACE JEWELRY LOT TORSADE RHINESTONE HEART ACCENT +
VINTAGE FAUX PEARL BEAD NECKLACE JEWELRY LOT TORSADE RHINESTONE HEART ACCENT +
$18.99
Time Remaining: 22d 5h 8m
Buy It Now for only: $18.99

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