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. 

Avon Vintage To Modern Necklaces  Bracelets Lot Gold Silver Tone Chain Bead
Avon Vintage To Modern Necklaces Bracelets Lot Gold Silver Tone Chain Bead
$5.00 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 10h 10m
VINTAGE WEARABLE BEAD LOT
VINTAGE WEARABLE BEAD LOT
$14.00
Time Remaining: 13d 23h 47m
Buy It Now for only: $14.00
Vintage Costume Jewelry LOT of 13 Necklaces Faux Pearls Shells
Vintage Costume Jewelry LOT of 13 Necklaces Faux Pearls Shells
$6.95
Time Remaining: 1d 22h 16m
VINTAGE LOT 3 NECKLACES RALPH LAUREN TURQUOISE LUCITE GLASS BEAD CRAFTS
VINTAGE LOT 3 NECKLACES RALPH LAUREN TURQUOISE LUCITE GLASS BEAD CRAFTS
$10.99
Time Remaining: 2d 20h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $10.99
VINTAGE LOT 12 PIECES GOLD TONE TASSEL BEAD CHAIN AND PENDANT NECKLACES
VINTAGE LOT 12 PIECES GOLD TONE TASSEL BEAD CHAIN AND PENDANT NECKLACES
$30.00
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $30.00

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