My {Junk} Jewelry

There are some things that I’m naturally drawn to. Old keys are one of those things. I have picked up various keys here and there over the years. Most of them are just laying around in a box so I decided to actually do something with some of them!
Every time I see keys on necklaces I am drawn to them, but they are usually just reproductions and not real keys. So I figured why not just make some one of a kind totally awesome necklaces myself! Mind you, I don’t consider myself a jewelry maker at all. I have a couple jewelry making tools and I’ve dabbled, but I am by no means an expert.
I found a really pretty faux pearl and wire chain on Etsy that I knew would look great with these old rusty skeleton keys. I bought a long stand of them to make a few different necklaces with. I also bought some basic ball chain and link chain to string up my keys. 
I also had some old “normal” keys that I decided to bling up a bit. I used a strand of diamond jewels that I removed from another necklace. The jewels didn’t look right on the original necklace, but glued to these keys they look right at home!
It is fun to add some sparkle and feminine flair to otherwise industrial keys. 
I made each necklace a little bit different mixing different style keys with different types of chains. They each have their own look and feel to them. Isn’t that pearl chain beautiful???
I love each one individually!!!

Oh, and of course I’m loving the sheet music mannequin to display my beautiful new creations!!!

I decided that I’m keeping some and selling some. They will be making appearances at my upcoming shows and on my Etsy shop! 

Linking up to these great link party!!!


  1. I like these. I have always had the urge to pick up old keys too, now I have an excuse.(like I needed one) Shannon

  2. I love your key necklaces! They look awesome! I’ve got my own little collection of old keys; some have made their way onto necklaces whilst others lurk in drawers…your post has inspired me!

  3. I love the key necklaces! What a neat idea.

  4. I love it! Very creative and chic… Have a super weekend…

    Jeanna @

  5. I also love key necklaces. You’ve done a great job – they look beautiful.

  6. I love turning old into new! These necklaces are so pretty 🙂 I would love for you to link up to my diy fashion linky! It’s called DIY Diva Thursdays and we party every TH-M 🙂 Hope to see you!

    Visiting from TT&J


  7. Such a good idea.

  8. I am crazy about keys, so of course – I LOVE these beautiful necklaces! Thanks for sharing.

    Warmly, Michelle

  9. Hello! Stopping by from the tater tots and jello link up…

    What a great idea! I’m especially love the older key!!


  10. Wonderful key art jewelry! I also love your Manequin. Looks excellent!I have joined your followers list and Pinterest, and invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Hugs, Gayle

  11. Wow that is a cool idea…. I have a craft link party at my blog Do link in if it interests you.

  12. Fantastic! I love these!they are really cute! I am drawn to keys also, not sure what the draw is, maybe the fact that they unlock something…

  13. Love this necklace! Keys are so in in jewelry right now 🙂

    I’d love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday!

  14. These are great! I especially love the old key on the pearl chain.

    I’ll be featuring this on my blog for Three Things Thursday tomorrow. Hope you’ll stop by and check it out!


  15. i’ll have to say not only is the necklace and key amazing….i am LOVING the music covered dress form!!!!! I NEED ONE ASAP!!! i’m pinning this as we speak!!!!!!

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