I made a couple of new necklaces last week. I think they're kind of interesting to talk about, because they're both one of a kind designs - I only have the parts to make them once, and I can't purchase the parts over again. One design is the "Mystic Pyramid Watch" necklace, but the other is "Aunt Marty's Owl Necklace," pictured above.
This owl necklace is actually a vintage keychain! I took the keychain, removed the parts, and connected it to a necklace via the top hole. The bottom hole is typically connected to a second keychain - it disconnects from the main owl body and would have typically been used for giving your keys to a valet or mechanic without giving away all of your keys. But I used the bottom hole to connect a drop dangle that complements the wooden beads on the necklace. The red-orange beads between the wood beads come from a vintage necklace. When I go to garage sales and re-sale shops, I often look for interesting beads on necklaces I can purchase and take apart.
After trying on the completed necklace, I realized it was a little short (for me anyways). A simple fix was to add an extender piece of chain - the links are actually hand-made by Todd! Now it's perfect.
In the photo above, you can see the writing on it from the original keychain: "Oberheide Coal & Oil 1066 W. North Ave. WH 4-7800" I just thought the keychain was really cute and would look great as a pendant. Thankfully, our Aunt Marty was quite the collector, and after she passed away we discovered many wonderful treasures. This owl was one of them, and I like to think that she would've gotten a kick out of how I recycled her old keychain.