DIY: Something Old

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My sister is a very traditional bride. With that comes the absolute must of having the “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue”. In helping her choose “good-luck” tokens, my mom came up with a great idea for her Something Old – taking my grandmother’s necklace and turning it into beautiful earrings. 

Traditionally, Something Old symbolizes the bride’s continuity with her family and the past. The necklace, from Rosenbaum’s (Pittsburgh’s department store at the time) was originally given to my grandmother (Nana) by my grandfather in 1958. She had been in the hospital in PIttsburgh with life-threatening stomach issues.

Years later, Nana decided to shorten the necklace, giving the extra beads to my mother to create her own necklace. And now, the extra beads have been used to create three pairs of earrings for Saturday, my sister’s Something Old, and two other matching sets for myself and my mother – all of us now holding precious heirlooms and a piece of history.

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The earrings were simple to make. I needed small pliers, the extra beads, clasps and head pins. My mom chose pins with sparkly bottoms to complement the Austrian Crystal beads.

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Slide the beads on the head pins.

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Add the clasp and use the pliers to bend the extra wire, securing the clasp to the head pin. Simple! (Don’t mind the naked fingernails – in between polish!)

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I’m really happy with how they turned out. I think it’s even sweeter that while they are all made of the same materials, each pair is a tiny bit different, making them each a bit unique. They make perfect earrings for the three of us on Saturday, well four, because Nana will be there in spirit and in her beautiful jewlery!

 

 

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