Dismantling vintage items to make refashioned jewelry makes me a little uncomfortable. I always prefer to keep an antique as original, rather than taking ghoulish pleasure in using its poor, dismembered corpse for my twisted...ooh, that sentence was getting off topic, I'm not even gonna finish it.
Even though I never like doing it, occasionally I do dismember - er, take apart my vintage finds. But sometimes I luck out! At a vintage shop at the Farmer's Market, I bought a charming, delicate Chinois-style plastic fan. It was two bucks! I'm guessing, maybe from the 40's or 50's?
I got it home, opened the wrapper and spread the fan out -
Uh-oh! One of the strips was broken about halfway down. Was I sad? No. Because, yay! I get to use it for parts! I clipped off two deer segments, added the earring findings -
They are gorgeous. And I still have about twenty deer left, plus the two bakelite-looking covers - I know I'm making something with those! Not to mention all the rest of the delicate remains of the corpse. And I don't feel guilty at all!