Q&A with Julie Schnoll, Artist and Founder of Julie Schnoll Designs
Where do you find your treasures?
Everywhere! I love to scour flea markets and antique stores locally and wherever I am traveling. I also go to trade shows and search for unique items online. I have met many wonderful and unique people who find many of the items I buy. These friends are always on the lookout for items I may find interesting.
How do you incorporate repurposed items into your jewelry?
My business began when I came across vintage items that I imagined being used in a different way. I can take vintage shoe clips and turn them into fun, modern bracelets. I can transform sweater clips into elegant earrings. Rhinestone brooches can be made into sparkling new necklaces. I always try to incorporate the old with the new. I use vintage buttons as closures on leather-cord wrap bracelets. I even display my rings and bracelets on vintage knitting spools and croquet mallets.
How does the “nostalgia” add value to your creations?
I always try to keep the integrity of the original piece as I want to enhance and preserve its history.
I especially enjoy when clients bring me “ugly” jewelry items that have been sitting in a box for years, having belonged to a close relative that passed away. Often, they cannot believe it was the same item they brought me.
Of all the pieces you’ve repurposed, which is your favorite and why?
My favorite piece is always the one I am currently working on. I really enjoy the process of seeing what develops as I work – almost as much as seeing how much my customers enjoy the end results! That always puts a smile on my face.
By Cheryl Gross, Kentwood, Michigan
As an avid antiquer who loves repurposing, I have many such examples in our home.
A tulip bulb planter holding artificial sunflowers in the fall.
A Ball jar can hold many things ... including silk sunflowers with leaves tucked inside to hide the wired stems of the flowers.
Artificial pine cuttings and berries, with pine cuttings tucked into the jar to hide the artificial stems.
By Debbi Russell, Creekside, PA
For my most recent project, I dried some flowers from an October wedding of some friends. Then my husband built an enclosure to fit onto the back of an antique window. Once the wedding flowers were dried, I created an arrangement within the framed in window and gave it to the newlyweds to enjoy for years to come. It is my hope that every time they look at this gift, it will remind them of one of the most important days of their lives.
By Erwin Bernhart
I repurposed an old wine box and mason jars into a one of a kind fixture for the dining room.