Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

Well, today is usually one of my favorite days of the month. It's Thrifty Chicks challenge day! However, this month it's just me 😔 The other ladies had conflicts so they have chosen to either skip this month's challenge or post their project at a later date.

I know that you look forward to this day too and I didn't want to let you down so I have my project finished and ready to share!

This month's challenge item was old jewelry and guess what? I have lots of old jewelry! Maybe you aren't surprised since you've seen my craft studio 😉 I have almost gotten rid of this jewelry on more than one occasion but I'm SO glad I didn't... my hoarder tendencies saved me this time!!

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture
That's the sneak peek I shared over on my Instagram!

For this project, I got out all my old jewelry to see what I had available for this project.

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

Then I picked out a frame for my project.

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

I like the picture that was in this frame so I removed it and cut a piece of cardboard to fit the opening. Then I covered the cardboard with black felt using hot glue to secure it to the back.

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

Now I have a nice background for my picture.

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

If you haven't already figured out what I'm making, it's a jewelry skull!! I printed out a skull that I found online to kind of guide me.

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

Then I decided which jewelry pieces I wanted to start with and began laying out my design. I used some of this broken necklace...

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

... this vintage rhinestone sweater clip...

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

... and a piece from an old rhinestone necklace...

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

... to create a mouth. The white stones and some of the metal links from the first necklace became teeth and the sweater clip and necklace piece became a chin (or goatie!) I added a bumblebee pin above the mouth, it creates a bit of a mustache! A double heart pin turned upside down created a nose.

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

Next, I used two vintage clip-on earrings...

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

... two old buttons...

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

... and two spider earrings...

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

... and added cheeks, and details on the sides of the mouth.

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

These large vintage sequins...

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

... and two more vintage earrings created the eyes.

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

As I was going, I used pliers to snap off the earring and pin backs so the pieces would lie flat when glued down. I used E6000 glue to attach the pieces.

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

I added a huge butterfly pin at the top and some rhinestones between the eyes!

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

I started adding more and more pieces to fill in.

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

I clipped off sections from this old rhinestone belt...

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

... and added them to the cheeks.

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

I added layers to some of the existing pieces... like the pink bead inside the pink flower!

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

I had a really long faux pearl necklace that was great for filling in.

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

Here is how it looked when I finished adding all my jewelry pieces!

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

Now I needed to paint the frame a little bit... just the blue parts though, they didn't look right when the skull was in the frame.

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

And now look!!! 😍


OMG, I am so happy with how this turned out!!! What do you think?

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

I think I have almost enough jewelry left to do another one!!

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Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Skull Picture

I'm sad that the other ladies couldn't join me in this challenge but next month we should mostly all be back!