Vintage Redux Giveaway

My love of vintage stretches far and wide:  from the timeless wisdom of Mary Brooks Picken and the Woman’s Institute to the repurposing trends in fashion and home decor. I love discovering artisans and entrepreneurs that use vintage in their own work, and I’m even more excited when I can share them with you in a fun way…

Brenda Schweder uses vintage objects to create stunning jewelry pieces that are modern and unique. I met Brenda at the Creative Connection 2011 and got to see some of her fabulous work myself. Look at this amazing bracelet made out of vintage rings!

She’s also the author of three project books with step-by-step instructions on how to create your own vintage jewelry masterpieces. Everyone’s got a box or two of junk jewelry lying around somewhere, right?

Steel Wire Jewelry features projects made out of affordable and easy to use steel wire. Junk to Jewelry guides you through creating new treasures out of finds from, the hardware store; the jewelry box; the sewing basket; even the sportsman’s lodge. Vintage Redux: Remake Classic and Collectible Jewelry focuses on utilizing old jewelry from all different decades to craft a modern design that retains the original vintage appeal.

Brenda was good enough to sign a copy of Vintage Redux for me to give away on my blog, so now I have the pleasure of introducing her to you! For your chance to win a copy of Vintage Redux, leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you’d most like to make with your own junk jewelry.

Comment by Wednesday, March 14, 11:59PM CST for your chance to win. I’ll randomly select the winner and will announce him or her on Thursday, March 15.

Good luck, vintage-lovers!

344 Responses to “Vintage Redux Giveaway”

  1. Looking at the Junk to Jewelry book makes me laugh, because I see some of the junk jewelry on your pieces that I have in my junk collection. I use my junk jewelry to create other craft ideas! Who would have thought of making the things you have created! Shoot! I wish I did!! Now I will. If I don’t win you book, I will be picking it up! Good Job!

  2. I’m always looking for ideas to create new jewelry pieces out of vintage pieces. I would love to make something for all the girls in our family from my mom’s extensive collection of costume jewelry! It will be an in style memory of my mom’s love for jewelry! Thank you!

  3. I am a bracelet lover.. The more charms the better… so orphaned earrings and rings look out! I am so inspired.

  4. Janice Lupardus March 14, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Very interesting! It really sparks your creative juices! Who knew you could use so many things to make beautiful jewelry.

  5. I absolutely love the idea of the ring bracelet! I have a couple made of vintage watch parts. The rings are genius!!

  6. Oh definitely a cuff….:) they are soo cool when they are vintage! And bracelets… Love them! The book looks fabulous and thanks for the chance!

  7. I love vintage I quilt & love making quilts with a vintage twist to them. I love how vintage look is coming back in clothing. I would love to learn to make jewelry and using vintage items would be creative and fun. I love the vintage ring bracelet.

  8. Chris Semanson March 14, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I have my mom’s old watches which no longer work, and would love to find a way to use them in a necklace that I could wear.

  9. Definitely necklaces! I love mixed media jewelry 🙂

  10. This is such a cool idea! My mom and I have a ton of old jewelry and things we could make!

  11. Annette Deardurff March 14, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I have some jewelry that belonged to my momma and to her mother that I would love to deconstruct and turn into an awesome bracelet for me and for my sister, just to have something to wear occasionally that would be one way to remember my momma and wear her close. (she passed away in November.)

  12. I have some old rings I was just ready to take to the resale shop! I am going to save them now. I would love to win this book to give me more ideas for the things I need to recycle around my home.
    Thanks for offering this book to us all. 🙂

  13. i love the vintage look — this book look like alot of fun —
    i hope i win it!

  14. oh, my…….i would make bracelets…many bracelets!

  15. shelley in big sky March 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    i love working with found objects and new ideas…i really like the ring bracelet…thnx for the giveaway…play well

  16. I would love to make wind chimes to add to my collection on my porch & in my garden. The more sparkly things swinging in the breeze, the better.

  17. I would love to make wind chimes to add to my collection on my porch.

  18. Vintage REdux is on my wishlist, I’d love to win an autographed copy! Pendants are probably what I’d make first, followed quickly by earrings.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  19. I would love to learn to make jewelry. I’m just now dipping my toes in the water and it’s so fun. I’d like to make pretty necklaces and earrings that speak to me of a memory of something and I’d like to do the same with gifts for friends and family. I really love the idea of pins and replica hat pins. I have lots of ideas floating around in my head but don’t know how to get them out of there. What makes them fasten or connect to each other etc. it’s the same with all of my “junque”. I collect it for some day and can see the finished project but am not always sure how it’s going to get there. Oh well isn’t the journey sometimes more fun than the destination? Thanks for all of the beautiful ideas.

  20. Just when you think there can’t be anything new in the world of altered vintage/collectable jewelry, comes Vintage Redux. Thank goodness for artist willing to share their ideas and techniques!

  21. Ooo I think I’d like to make a Memory Chime with my old (and treasured) junk jewellery! Ooo I like that idea! TFS this great book!
    Helen — Firenze Cards

  22. Beautiful jewelry! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  23. It is sort of funny, but I do costume work for a community theatre guild… and I have had to make my own jewelry to add to the costume effect… Maybe with this book , I could learn to do it the right way….Oh, I get by, but this sure would help.

  24. I would love to make keepsake jewelry with things I have inherited from two of my aunts, my grandmother and a few things my son had before he also passed away. It’s a shame to just have it all in a box when I could be wearing pieces and remembering them all in a happy way.

    Thanks Mary

  25. Hi, I would love to have these books to learn more about jewelry. I love to keep learning. thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  26. I love using anything I can find to make jewelry. If I can attach it or make holes to attach it I am willing to give it a try when designing and making my jewelry. One of my favorite bracelets was one I made for a contest. The topic was “clasps.” I took a bunch of different clasps from watches and jewelry from my grandmother (I am 49) and attched them and then hung tiny colored beads from the clsaps. Everyone else just used one unique clasp, as did the winner but now I have a very unique vintage bracelet that everyone who sees it asks where I got it! I would love to see new ideas to inspire me. I hate copying other’s ideas but sometimes seeing something someone else designed triggers a new design for me. I try and enter tons of contests but I rarely submit them because they take me so much time to make them my own. Love to recycle and reuse and LOVE vintage made into new.

  27. I would love to make a really cool wrap belt for this navy/teal sheath dress I have. It would help define the waist plus add a bit of pizazz. I have tons of vintange jewelry I inherited from relatives. It would be wonderful to be able to wear their pieces & not just have them in my collection.

  28. This is recycling at it’s best!! I would love to win this new book to help me with all my old jewelry stash. I need some new ideas for necklaces and bracelets that I could give as gifts. Thank you!

  29. I would make earrings and bracelets for my friends and myself… Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.

  30. I’d love to make necklaces and earrings. I bet this book has some great ideas. What a wonderful giveaway!

  31. awesome ideas! Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Jewely making has been my hobby for 5 years & I redesign some of my older pieces all the time. I also take old broken necklaces & turn them into earrings or bracelets.

  33. I would love the chance to share this book and its ideas for jewelry with my daughters Sarah and Dena and granddaughters Haley and Alie. My fondest memories of my Grandmother involve being creative. I want them to have those kind of memories.

  34. I have several pieces that i picked up at an Estate Sale and am stuck. I just cannot think of a thing to make. It is driving me crazy. Sounds like this book is just the thing I need. Thank you.

  35. Would love to put my vintage pieces to use, as many of the older necklaces have broken and all I have are the many pearls, glass beads, etc. I could use some direction and good ideas!

  36. What fun to find your blog and this giveaway. I would love to have some inmstruction on how to make jewelry from . . . jewelry! I do have a small iris cart filled with old jewelry from estate sales, tag sales etc. I know I have been collecting it for some reason, now here it is. I would like to make some pendantsfor myself and friends out of this old stash of mine.

  37. Have wanted this book for quite a while!

  38. Melissa Thomson March 11, 2012 at 9:30 am

    This sounds like a great book! I have a bunch of old bits that I would like to make a bracelet out of.

  39. Saving things and turning them into something else is my passion. Thanks for your inspiration.

  40. Judith (from Israel) March 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I like to make necklaces because they’re one-size-fits-all.

  41. Oh, I am so inspired by the pictures you’ve shown. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.