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    Junk Jewelry: Vintage, Steampunk, Consignment, Oh My!

    Have you ever seen beautiful jewelry creations in magazines or online and wished that you could create the same types of pieces? I often wish that I had the ability and the time to be able to come up with some of the novel pieces that I see everywhere I look these days. Jewelry is an ever-growing business and one in which you can be as creative or not in what you decide to make. In other words, the sky’s the limit and anything can be used to make a wonderful, unique piece.

    The problem is that there is an overwhelming number of items available to work with and sometimes it’s hard to know how to get started. There is no reason to stress though because the Daviess County Public Library has plenty of resources to get you started. We have quite a large crafts section on the 1st floor to peruse. Let me give you an idea of just how many adult non-fiction books that we have on this subject.

    When I perform a search in our Polaris online catalog under vintage jewelry design, I am able to pull up 3 books on the subject. The titles are as follows: Vintage jewelry design: classics to collect and wear; The art of resin jewelry; and Bohemian-inspired jewelry. However, when I perform a search on “jewelry making,” I am able to pull up 121 books in that area, which is a great deal more than the original search. Sometimes you just have to try a variety of searches in order to get what you want.

    In addition to a wide variety of books on jewelry, there are also a wide variety of online websites that can really help you get started finding vintage jewelry and/or how to make it yourself. These sites are all easily accessible here at the Daviess County Public Library using our Internet services as long as you bring your library card with you. Here is a sample listing of some of the best sites I have come across:

    • (once logged on, type in the search terms: vintage jewelry or junk jewelry and you will get a vast array of hits that are mind-boggling)
    • (another wide variety of crafters that make and sell jewelry)
    • ( has a plethora of articles from specific people that know how to do just about anything and everything, including making jewelry. This is a great site for the actual how-to process)
    • (Need I say more….they have a video on how to do anything)
    • (Click on the link for jewelry)
    • (You can find most anything in these stores for cheap if you are interested in making your own)

    In any event, you get the idea that there are a lot of different sites and ways to get access to jewelry online. My other recommendations for gathering the needed jewelry supplies is to go “junk jewelry” hunting at places like flea markets, estate sales, auctions, antique stores, consignment shops, etc.

    The ultimate goal should be to have fun in whatever you decide to do in crafting the perfect piece.


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