Thrifting Thursday 9/3/15 Belt Link Magic!
|Up-cycled western belt with mermaid|
Hello Thrifty Friends~
It's been awhile since I shared a 'Thrifty Thursday" post with you, so here goes~
Last week I headed to my local charity shop to pick up a new crop of leather belts to up cycle.
What began as tinkering around with left over belts [I had been using the buckles to make pendants] has become a popular look in my TTE Designs collection and I needed to replenish my supply.
While I was scouring the racks for good quality leather belts, I came across this metal link concho style belt. It was a couple of bucks-- and it was also 25% off day! How could I go wrong?
It sat on my bench for a week or so while I worked on other things.
Finally I had an idea...
I carefully removed one link and cleaned it, but the finish was scraped off quite a lot so I decided to 'help it along' and used fine grit sandpaper to finish the job.
Once clean, I used various metal colorants to tint the crevices in the buckle and since one of my venues is a beach themed shop I decided to add an altered charm to the center focal. I finished it with a rope look chain and lobster clasp.
I liked it so much that I immediately took off 3 more links and proceeded to turn them into bracelet bars too. This time adding sari silk ribbon for softness, color and texture.
Here are the finished pieces.
|Periwinkle sand dollar|
Thanks for stopping in, I hope you like my results.
Remember, "Thrifting Thursday" is all about thinking outside the box.
I'd love to hear your comments!