Pulley Pendants: Steampunk’s Softer Side

Pulley Pendants: Steampunk’s Softer Side

When I found these itty-bitty pulleys way back in February 2014, I knew right away they were the perfect jewelry-making component. But months- nearly a YEAR!- went by before I thought about making them again. Well, my friends, the time has finally come.

Miniature vintage pulleys to be repurposed as DIY steampunk necklace pendant by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Dainty…

Miniature vintage pulleys to be repurposed as DIY steampunk necklace pendant by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Even Mr. Jefferson thinks they’re dainty!

A little stroll through Pinterest and Etsy told me that pulleys were occasionally used in jewelry, but not really in the style I was hoping to achieve- hurray for uniqueness! So I gathered my supplies and got to work. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Over the past few months, I have amassed a nice collection of jewelry “bits”- earrings, brooches, chains, rosary beads, etc. A few of my bits are orphans- single earrings, one broken watch…so I decided to pair these orphans with my pulleys- the perfect way to incorporate jewelry onesies!

First things first, I gathered the daintiest chain I had (similar to this one) and strung a bit over the pulley.

Miniature vintage pulley to be repurposed as DIY steampunk necklace pendant by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

This’ll work…

Next, I carefully disassembled a single chandelier crystal and attached the smaller half to one end of my pulley chain.

Vintage chandelier crystal to be repurposed with mini pulley as DIY steampunk necklace pendant by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Reporting for jewelry duty!

Vintage chandelier crystal to be repurposed with mini pulley as DIY steampunk necklace pendant by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Here we go…

Then, I added a few glass beads from a broken Italian rosary (using jeweler’s pliers) to the other end of my pulley chain.

Broken Italian rosary bead chain and vintage chandelier crystal repurposed with mini industrial pulley as steampunk necklace pendant by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

For the other end…

And ta-da! A whimsical, “industrial-meets-elegance” pulley pendant!

Broken Italian rosary bead chain and vintage chandelier crystal repurposed with mini industrial pulley as steampunk necklace pendant by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

Because the two ends aren’t equal weight, I can/will add a drop of glue at the top of the pulley wheel to hold the dangly bits in place. And now I have a funky necklace that is dainty AND a statement piece…who knew the two could co-exist?

Since I had 4 lovely pulleys, I decided to modify my approach ever so slightly. I had picked up this broken ladies wristwatch at a local Salvation Army recently and wanted to refashion it into a new piece of jewelry. I already had a gorgeous watch-face bracelet from Pink Dogwoods Jewelry…now I needed a corresponding necklace! So, instead of hanging two different bits from the pulley, I simply looped some dainty chain around the pulley wheel, and threaded it through the watch face before closing the chain.

DIY steampunk necklace with a repurposed mini vintage industrial pulley and broken watch face by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My favorite…think I’ll keep this one!

I just love them both!! And isn’t this a fun way to salvage your orphan jewelry bits??

DIY steampunk necklace with a repurposed mini vintage industrial pulley, broken watch, Italian rosary beads, and salvaged chandelier crystals by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Pulley perfection!

I made more pulley pendants for my Etsy shop , but they sold out immediately! Guess I’ll forever be on the hunt for more… Want more DIY Repurposed Jewelry project ideas, I have gathered them all in a single post here!

Craft on!

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DIY steampunk necklace with a repurposed mini vintage industrial pulley, broken watch, Italian rosary beads, and salvaged chandelier crystals by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. I absolutely love this! Please let me know where I can purchase. Could I be in on the design process? Do you have more watches, or tiny pearls? Suffice it to say… I want one!!!! I’m reposting this on my FB page!

  2. Ooh! These are so cool! I have a sister-in-law who is very into steampunk who would LOVE this! I might have to attempt this one. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this on Your Turn To Shine!

  3. Yeah…I’m kinda in love with your style! These are genius and oh so cute and I am headed over to your Etsy store right now…

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      OK, so you’re my new favorite person!! I’m so glad we’re able to connect (yay for link parties!)- there are only a couple of these left in my store (I only had 4 to begin with). I post a LOT on my Facebook page (fb.com/sadieseasongoods) so I hope I’ll see you there. Thank you so very much for the sweetest comments!!

  4. very beautiful! love the softer side of steampunk 🙂 I bet the earrings you design will be gorgeous!

  5. I love how creative you are, Sarah! You take little bits of stuff that other people wouldn’t look twice at and transform them into something beautiful!

  6. Oh, these are so great! I love what you’ve done with these pulley’s. They’re romantic but with a rough edge. Wonderful!

  7. These are wonderful! Thanks for linking up with me today!

  8. I love these!!! Love how you take a piece of this and a piece of that, put it together, and it just works!!! P.S. Since I think you have great taste, that means I do too, right? 🙂

  9. These are beautiful! You are very creative. Love how you were able to repurpose these little pulley’s into a very unique and beautiful piece of jewelry. Pinning, and sharing on Facebook. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. I love seeing what you bring every week to The Weekend Social. Please stop by again Thursday 9:00 PM EST. Pinned. http://www.theKitchenChopper.com

  11. These are awesome! Thanks for sharing with us at the Home Matters Linky Party. I hope you will party with us again this Friday. #HomeMattersParty

  12. What a fun and unique idea!!! 🙂

  13. That are very fun and I can’t wait to put your Etsy shop in my favs! Hugs, Diane

  14. These are adorable! Too fun!

  15. I LOVE pulleys! These are too cute! Thank you for sharing on Show Me Saturday!

  16. These are so cute!! Love these!! Happy sweet week!! xo Holly

  17. I am so jealous! What a great find — and what a great way to use the pulleys.

  18. Love these and I like the one with the timepiece the best as well. Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  19. Those are so pretty and utterly cool too!

  20. creative me says:

    The minute I saw those pullies I wondered if they would work for hanging drapes/curtains. So different and I will find a way. Love seeing uses for what was. Now to find them, even if new I can age them.

    Thanks for sharing.

  21. The Steampunk world is going to love these!

  22. Ooh…I love the watch one!! You had great vision, Sarah and I’m featuring your prodigal piece tomorrow. 😉

  23. These are awesome!!

  24. What a clever idea–I love these! I love ‘upcycled’ jewelry that mixes old with new and/or standard components with unusual elements.

  25. Jann Olson says:

    I have never seen pulleys that little. Perfect for your fun pendants! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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