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Repurposing Belts

Posted: January 6, 2014 in Arts, Crafts, and DIYs

I was sitting here playing random Facebook games and feeling so bored I was falling asleep, when I hit on the idea to work a bit on organizing my craft items I have.  I’ve got miscellaneous bits that need to be sorted into containers for easy finding instead of jumbled into a bin.  I decided to start with breaking down these chain, metal belts I used wear back in my skinny days. I never tossed them because I figured I might get back into them.

Yah, right… LOL. I will be loosing weight, but I’ll NEVER be that skinny again. I don’t want to! 98 lbs soaking weight is unhealthy.

Any hoo… I choose to break the belts down because the individual pieces can be repurposed into jewelry! Larger pieces can be focal points of necklaces, small pieces for earrings and bracelets. I won’t be making any jewelry anytime soon because I don’t have all the materials or even a full idea of what to do, BUT they will be ready to go!

Here are some photos I took of the belts I’m breaking down… (I apologize for the slightly blurry photos. My camera is crapping out and I don’t have a photo retouching program).

Collection of belts I plan to repurpose into jewelry

Collection of belts I plan to repurpose into jewelry


Another angle (No, I’m not a beer drinker. It’s left over from when my hubby and his brother were watching football this weekend. I didn’t see it until now).


This one I may NOT break down. It still fits me and is my favorite. It’s brass and needs a good cleaning. If I do repurpose it, it will make several pairs of earrings!


Started breaking this one down. Rather large medallions. If I had a sewing machine and new how to make my own shells for my Miche, I would use them as decorative parts on the shell.


First one I started to break down (gold-brassy), but the metal loops are hard to open. May need hubby to do this one for me. Yes, those are the tools I’m using. What I have on hand.


Close up view of the belts. Those butterflies will make neat choker like necklaces.


Another close up with my needle nose pliers (straight and bent) and my box for the small bits. I’m saving everything. NEVER KNOW what might come handy!