Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Flea Market Family Jewels




I always have a million projects going on, and one of the most enjoyable this summer has been making charm bracelets using flea market finds. The bracelet on the top is made using all sorts of odd bits of broken jewelry, found pieces, and anything I can get a jump ring through . The colorful charm bracelet on the bottom is made from metal charms I found in a bin at the flea market. The charms were reproduced in the 1980's from the original Cracker Jack prize molds from the early 1900's.

16 comments:

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Oh how cute, Linda!!!!!!! I love the first one a lot!!!!

xx
becky

Joan@anythinsggoeshere said...

So cute. So very, very cute!

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

Oh wow!!! Those are so neat! I love both of them!
~Amy

Coco said...

Very nice. How great to find the crackerjack toys in metal.

LiLi M. said...

I love them both! I love cracker jack toys. Here we had these kind of automata that I loved as a child, but my mother would never give me a quarter to put in. It was all 'trying to get the money out of your pocket' evilness. Those prizes that I adored were rubbish in her eyes. So I am now having a frustration in this area ;-). I simply love these little toys! And I think that the tin penny toys are now so valuable just because they were made cheap and almost nobody saved them. My mother should have known this!

icandy... said...

Oh yeah, Linda! These are sooo cool! Love 'em! :)

Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Totally cute, Linda. Really fun. xo

Tumble Fish Studio said...

They're deliciously fun and lovely Linda!

roseylittlethings said...

Very cool! Love the old cracker jack charms, super cute!

RED SHOES said...

Imagine me flopping around on the floor having a fit.
those bracelets are flippen fanTASTIC!!!
i'm off to go vintage shopping...
you're always inspiring.
XOXO

adrienne said...

Very cute. The Cracker Jack charms are really fun.

Saucy said...

Your charms are delish! The top one is especially drool-worthy while the latter would spice up a funky summer sundress. I bet Lulu looks gorgeous in them.

Karen from A`Musements said...

LOVE*LOVE*LOVE*LOVE*LOVE!!!
You and I would be in DEEP trouble if we lived 2,000 miles closer to one another, PAL! I love 'tramp art' and consider the assemblage world (in whatever form it takes) a direct off-shoot of the vagabond-carved cigar box frames, and handsome make-do cabinets made so long ago.... Who wouldn't LOVE your bracelets?! Of course it takes your artist's eye to choose just the "right" pieces and mingle them in just the "right" way to make such a wonderful final piece. So, now after keeping you in suspense, I'll tell you how I REALLY feel..... LOVE THEM!!!
xoxo
Karen

Laura said...

Hi Linda,
I took a class once taught by Terri Ventura at Tinsel Trading in NYC to make a charm bracelet...it is a lot harder than it looks! Yours is fantastic! Just love charm bracelets!
Take care,Laura

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Charm bracelets are so charming. These are really clever.

Attic Rat said...

Linda, your charm bracelet is . . . charming LOL. FUN!

Smiles,
Teresa