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Do you have a few of your Grandma’s brooches in the back of your jewelry box? Do you love them, but know you are never going to wear them as a brooch? Do they remind you of her, but you’re afraid you will lose it?
Well, by the end of this post you’re going to be able to take them out and wear them as a statement necklace!
My first pin was this Mary had a little lamb pin. I don’t remember when I got it or who gave it to me. To be honest I don’t even remember ever wearing it. I just know that it has been in my jewelry box since I was a little girl.
This flag pin was given to me by my grandmother when I was in my early teens. I’ve worn it a couple of times in the last few years mostly on patriotic day like Memorial Day or Veterans Day.
I remember when stick pins were all the rage. You know the ones where you only see the embellishment and the end of the pin with the cap on it. Like this Teapot and tea cup pin.
These are a couple of pins that I wore during the 90s.
Diamond ring because what girl doesn’t like a BIG diamond ring?
The computer pin was always on the lapel of the suit jacket that I wore to work. At that time I was a computer trainer so it fit with my profession. You can definitely tell I worn it a lot.
I also have pins that were given to me by my kids throughout the years. Don’t you just love the handmade bug pin? 😊
I always have had a love of vintage jewelry and have lots of pins. But like you, I don’t really wear them.
My collection really grew when I had a booth at an antique store where I specialized in vintage jewelry. During that time I bought jewelry from estate sales, garage sales, thrift stores, auctions and online.
Besides items that I sold, sometimes the bags of jewelry also contained some broken pieces. I didn’t want to throw them away, so I started to restyle the broken components into new pieces of jewelry.
Here’s a couple of pieces I’ve created. You can shop for restyled pieces that I’ve made in my shop: Annette Lindquist Designs Shop. Check back often, as I add new pieces regularly.
Okay, here is what you’ll need to turn your Grandma’s brooch into a statement necklace.
You’ll need a brooch converter. They come in horizontal and vertical depending on how your brooch sits when you wear it.
Because of the size of the converter and the length of the pin, you will also want to place a rubber ear nut on each side of the converter. This will keep it from moving around on the pin.
And of course you will need a chain.
Place one ear nut onto the pin, then convertor, and lastly the other ear nut.
All that’s left is to put a chain into the converter. You are now ready to wear your Grandmother’s treasured brooch!
Now go dig out those treasures and wear them!
A Brooch Converter Kit can be purchased from my shop Brooch Converter Kit for $5. Kit contains 1 brooch converter and 2 rubber ear nuts.
Or the items can be purchased separately using the Amazon links below.
Silver Horizontal – Beadaholique Tone Horizontal Pin Brooch to a Pendant Converter, Silver
Silver Vertical – Beadaholique Tone Vertical Pin Brooch to a Pendant Converter, Silver
Flower shaped ear nuts – 100 Clear Flower Shaped Soft Plastic Earring Backings for Fishhook Hook Earrings