Repurposed/Upcycled Jewelry Made with Lithographed Tin

by mary January 18, 2015

Recently, I got a big "treasure" box of lithograph tin scraps from my husband's cousin, Ken Keiran.  They came from old tin doll houses, candy & cookie containers, trays, etc.  Ken uses them to make the wings for birds that he makes out of barnwood for yard ornaments.  I had asked him if he did anything with the scraps & since he didn't, he said I could have them.

I thought I would see if I could make jewelry out of them. None of the pieces were very big, but they had some really great colors & patterns on them, so I decided to give it a go.

I decided to start by cutting little circular discs of various sizes from some of the scraps, then sanded the edges smooth.  Next, I sorted them out & started playing with different designs & combining them with charms & beads.  Once I had a couple ideas laid out, I punched holes as needed to make a necklace & 3 pairs of earrings.

Here's the necklace . . .

I really like the bright colors & flower patterns on these discs, & thought the silver butterflies for the pendant & dangle at the back made a good complement for the flower theme.

For the earrings, I tried several different combinations of discs, beads & charms . . .

One of the things I really like about using these tin discs is that they make really light-weight earrings.

I have quite a few discs left, & am thinking about seeing how they would work in a charm bracelet, & combining different complementary patterns next.  I'm also going to start looking for lithograph tin items the next time I am treasure-hunting at a flea market or garage sale!

As always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses! 

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Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry

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