I love found objects of all kinds and I also like being able to give them a new lease of life. For a while, I’ve been plotting to upcycle a broken vintage brooch from my collection. The enamel and paste stone on gold tone metal garland surround was in lovely condition but the central cluster of blue plastic flowers with paste stone centres were badly broken. So I nipped off the remaining flower petals, removed the stones and put them aside for use somewhere else, and sanded the rough bits flat.
Then I cut out a pale blue-green heart from some patterned fabric and used tiny seed beads and beaded blanket stitch to attach it to some gorgeous hand-dyed dark sea-green silk.
The central cabochon was carefully detached from the brooch…
…and covered with the appliquéd design before being reattached.
It was such fun to do and such a good feeling to give something broken beyond mending new life. I’ve opened an upcycled section in my Etsy shop and this little brooch is first on the virtual shelves: it can be found here.