Reported by Lexi Daly
When I heard about Making Memories‘ new Vintage Groove line, I was a little confused. Making Memories is all about scrapbooking and paper arts. How does a jewelry making line fit in? How will they do at branching out? I’ve bought a lot of Making Memories products over the years and loved them all, so I was excited to give the Vintage Groove jewelry line a try. It’s also fitting that I’m primarily a paper crafter, who has dabbled in jewelry making here and there. I think that is the person they’re hoping to reach.
The picture above shows the variety of pieces and parts that Vintage Groove has to offer: strands, pendants, charms, and extender chains, plus the tools needed to put it all together. Some things are sold in sets, others on their own. The idea is that with very little knowledge of jewelry making, the Vintage Groove crafter can build her own piece of wearable art, by simply linking together the pieces that she likes.
After looking at everything piece by piece, I started playing with the pieces, laying them out in various combinations to see how they could work together. It’s a slightly different approach to making jewelry. When I’ve done so in the past, I’ve spent a lot of time beading. But with Vintage Groove, that kind of work is done for you. It’s as easy as twisting open the jump rings (which are already attached!) and adding pieces together–a pendant on a chain, charms on a chain or hanging together, several larger pendant type pieces linked to chain extenders or beaded strands, etc.
Basically, all you need is a pair of chain nose pliers. Making Memories actually recommends that you use two pairs, which I definitely found to be true. The tool kit above includes round nose pliers and a side cutter, in addition to the basic pliers, which you may need for more advanced work, but I didn’t use them for any of the projects I created. I came across several videos online that demonstrate wonderfully how to twist open the jump ring, attach pieces, and close it back up. So instead of trying to take a picture of myself twisting the rings, I’ll direct you to those at the end of this article. But before you go, you have to see the goods! First up, four super quick, super cute necklaces…
I was immediately drawn to the chunky chain necklace and the the large circle pendant. The metals were the same and I really liked the circles and ovals together. The two similar charms add more on the circle theme, and I really like that they’re different–balanced, but not perfectly.
The alphabet monograms are really fun. I knew right away that I wanted to use the L charm on this double strand necklace. I started to go more simple, but in the end, I challenged myself to add more in keeping with the Vintage Groove building theme. It’s a little trickier to make sure everything lies where you want it, but it still came together quite smoothly and I like the result.
These three charms were just begging to be linked together! It was a no-brainer–a flower, flanked by two leaves, with chain extender on each side. Simply fabulous.
And finally, the easiest of all. I really wanted this ceramic pendant to stand alone, on a simple strand of chain extender. While many of the strands come with closures attached, it’s important to note that if you design pieces with chain extender, like this one and the flower above, you also need to purchase closures. Some of the strands don’t appear to have them either, so check first before you leave the store!
As I said earlier, I am primarily a paper crafter. So, I couldn’t play with all of these fun pieces and parts and not see the possibilities with paper…
This charm was perfect for a mini wedding gift card. Sweet, simple, and so elegant.
I love threading a ribbon through the charms with connectors on both sides. This one said hello!
How about a gift embellishment? Again, ribbon threaded through both sides of the charm, this time tied in a bow at the top.
And finally (for real, this time!) a monogrammed mini album. Wouldn’t it be cool to create a word out of the different style letters? So many possibilities!
Now for my overall impressions…
- easy to use
- variety of styles offered
- ability to make each piece your own
- not all strands have closures included
- should have a basic tool kit with two pliers
- some things are only available in sets, not separately
I think that Making Memories has jumped into a new arena in a positive way with the Vintage Groove jewelry line. I think their fans will be intrigued and want to give this new product a try–I know I was!
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Vintage Groove Design Challenge
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Making Memories will be giving one lucky reader a collection of Vintage Groove jewelry by Jill Schwartz. This collection is perfect for a first time jewelry maker because there is no beading required. All the pieces have been handpicked by Jill. All you have to do it pick your strand, pick your pendant or charm, and assemble.
To enter to win this prize, you need to make a comment on this post. To comment, just click below this article where it says “crafters have an opinion on this post” and answer this question…
What projects would you use the Vintage Groove pieces on? We would love to hear your unique ideas!
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