Flea Market Finds – The Creation of the Autumn Leaves Necklace

My "Mini Napa Valley"

There are two things that never cease to amaze me: the lush, stunning beauty of nature, and what I find while browsing at the flea market. Spring and summer are typically the peak times of year that I find inspiration for my designs, and 2013 has been no exception. This is when I acquire much of my raw inventory to upcycle into new jewelry, and when nature is at its fullest.

1946 Lamp Wire

My number one flea find this summer was the inspiration for the first piece of this fall’s collection. Because I am attracted to all things green, 250 feet of cloth covered copper lamp wire from 1946 immediately caught my eye. Once I got a closer look I knew instantly what its new life would be.  I brought the spool home, and went out and bought the biggest crochet hook I could find.

First I created a chain stitch with the wire, then wove old necklace parts into it, and finished it with two hollow conical springs that were used as parts of American Ballet Theater headdresses. This new chain design could stand alone, or be ornamented.

I created an embellished version of this necklace with silk leaves that I backed with ultra suede for stability, and painted to make as nice as the front.

Above is the first iteration of the Autumn Leaves Necklace. I created one more version with five graduated leaves and a hand made polymer medallion in the center. From its naturally inspired themes, to its repurposed materials, this necklace represents everything that is Victoria Tane Studios.


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