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Butterfly brooches like these are too beautiful to keep tucked away in a jewelry box. Let them take flight as wall art by creating a pseudo-scientific display. Paint a gesso-finish artist's canvas with water-thinned dark umber paint and then rub it off. Use a graphite pencil to draw lines depicting the wingspans.
Decorate a paper lampshade by punching holes evenly around the bottom edge. Insert earring posts through the holes and secure with earring backs, or use clip-on earrings.
Jewelry can be displayed as art today and worn as an accessory tomorrow. Cover the frame's cardboard insert with decorative paper and then simply suspend a beribboned necklace over it.
A colorful brooch brings a dramatic touch to this piece of artwork. Add a ribbon hanger to your frame, and glue or pin the jewel at the top.
Decorative pins and belt buckles make fun frames for family photos. Remove the buckle's center catch if needed, and tape a photo to the back. To prop your pieces, fold 1/2-inch-wide strips of cardboard into triangles, and then tape them to the backs.
Family photos gain new prominence displayed in filigree metal frames embellished with vintage brooches. Thread thin satin ribbon through the open areas of the frame.
Enameled flower pins discovered at a flea market make a simple and graphic design statement when grouped into a triptych of shadow-box frames. Similar treatments of other like items, such as cloisonne or cameo pendants, could be equally interesting.
Sachet bags sewn from linen, filled with lavender or balsam, and secured with vintage brooches make great party favors or hostess gifts. Or make some for yourself using a loved one's jewelry to create a sweet-smelling reminder of that person.
A raid on your jewelry box (or perhaps your mother's or grandmother's) might yield a wealth of vintage costume jewelry. If your baubles are in short supply, search flea markets or vintage stores for jeweled treasures.
Give colored glass candleholders added sparkle with clipon earrings and brooches. Use hot-glue to hold jewels without clips in place.
Create drama with a bold color and a framed display of wallpaper and jewelry. Wrap metallic wallpaper scraps around the cardboard inserts of frames and tape in place. Add pendants to some; leave others blank.
Spool of 16-gauge brass wire (available at hardware stores)
Spool of 18-gauge copper wire
A variety of beads, buttons, and earrings
Fine spool wire
1. Bend a small hook at one end of the brass wire. Wrap wire around the cardboard tube seven to nine times. Cut the wire off the spool, allowing enough wire to bend around to meet the first end. Bend a hook at the end and connect the two ends. Use pliers to pinch the ends together. Remove the wire from the tube.
2. Cut a 30-inch length of copper wire and secure the end to the outside edge of the brass wire. String beads onto the copper wire. To keep the beads from falling off the wire while wrapping, bend a hook in the wire. Wrap the copper wire around the brass circle, sliding the beads into position as you work. Secure the end to the outside edge of brass wire, snipping off any extra wire. Attach buttons and earrings to the ring by tying them on with very thin wire.