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Brooch Ribbon Necklace

Treat your sisters and girlfriends (and yourself) to jewelry that shimmers with style. Start with a handful of inexpensive costume pieces -- brooches and earrings with openwork designs -- and give them a new-old coppery patina using spray paint. Then link them together and add pretty pink ribbon. No one will guess you didn't break the bank.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Costume brooches (we used 6, about 2 inches wide) or earrings (we used about 5 pairs, 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches wide) with openwork designs, from Bijoux Way

  • Wire cutters

  • Sandpaper

  • Clear nail polish (optional)

  • Copper spray paint

  • Paper towels

  • 1/4-inch jump rings

  • Needlenose pliers

  • 1 1/2-inch-wide silk ribbon, cut into two 24-inch lengths


  1. Snap off brooch or earring backs using wire cutters, and sand down any sharp bits so they won't catch on clothing. For extra protection, apply clear nail polish to the area; let dry.

  2. For an antique look, coat pieces with spray paint, then quickly rub off most of the paint with a paper towel. Let dry.

  3. Using jump rings (metal rings that open and close) and pliers, connect pieces in a pleasing order. Attach a ring at each end: Thread each ribbon halfway through the end rings; knot each ribbon at ring if desired. Tie behind neck to wear.

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