So, yes, here I go with another way to display and organize jewelry. But I was so excited by this one that I just couldn’t help myself. See, I’ve made a LOT of different jewelry holders over the years…but they’ve all been a little quirky- in a fun way! From spools, to cigar boxes, to coffee mug trees and balls of twine…they’ve been colorful and funky.
But not exactly elegant.
It was time…long overdue…to repurpose something a bit fancier into a way to store jewelry. And I already had the perfect piece in my junk stash- a silver candelabra from the thrift store.
Grimy and covered in neglect, it was in desperate need of some attention. But a quick poll on my Facebook page indicated that while cleaning it up was a good idea, I shouldn’t go so far as to polish it. “Keep the patina!” they said.
And who am I to argue? When it comes to silver, “patina” is a fancy way of saying “lazy”, and I’m just fine with that.
With a little tinkering, I discovered that my candelabra could be broken down into a dozen or more pieces! A pleasant discovery since this made cleaning a snap…but I was really glad I took snapshots of the before so I could put it back together again!
I was debating ideas about how to use it to store jewelry…there were definitely options. But when I was removing the few chandelier crystals it still had left, I had an idea. Why not add a few more holes to the Bobeches (i.e., wax-collecting collars)? That would be perfect for earrings…
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So I used my awl and hammer and did just that- now there were pairs of holes all around the bobeches. PERFECT for pairs of earrings.
So I cleaned up the crystals (which I set aside for a future project), and reassembled the candelabra.
First, I looped some necklaces around its arms…
Then I added some earrings…but here’s a fun fact: my ears aren’t pierced! But luckily for me, I have friends in the repurposed jewelry biz! I borrowed some from my good friend, Pink Dogwood Jewelry- aren’t they gorgeous?– and they hung PERFECTLY from the extra holes I added.
And last, but not least, I placed some of my solid bangles over each candlestick! They sit perfectly atop their wax-collar platforms and look quite dashing, if I do say so myself (a gift from India!). And seriously, those PD earrings make me reconsider my anti-piercing stance…
The best part is that this is a truly solid jewelry tree- no wobbles or fear of tipping over! And it looks mighty snazzy…even with its lazy patina, wink wink.