To create similar necklaces, remove the charms from an old bracelet using wire cutters. Select an appropriate chain, assorted gemstones, crystals and spacers to reflect each recipient’s personality.
The techniques for creating necklaces will vary. For Jeanne Ambrose’s project, jewelry maker Linda Kast strung the silver Hawaiian quilt charm above with coral chips and turquoise barrel beads.
For necklaces on page 49: The folk vest charm is attached with jump rings to a chain. Wirewrapped citrine beads add color and movement. The bowling alley charm is also attached with jump rings, but rubies and silver spacer beads are stacked on headpins (2-inch wires with a stopper on one side) and wrapped onto a link in the chain. The baby shoe charm was done the same way, with round aqua and bicone topaz crystals. The religious charm, the only one in a gold tone, called for a tiger’s eye heart and a clasp attached with jump rings to a delicate gold chain.