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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

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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).

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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