Welcome to the Change It Up Blog Hop sponsored by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques. The idea of this blog hop was to use one of the following raw brass pieces from B’Sue Boutiques in a unique way or in a way we had never used it before. In addition the style of the piece should be with a “Vintage Flair”. You can read more about the background here.
I chose to use the first one in the upper left corner(LF09727). I had used this piece before as a focal in a necklace.
With this necklace I used the lovely rose ox finish but for my blog hop piece I used the raw brass. I aged two of the raw brass pieces by soaking in a salt and vinegar solution and then baking them in the oven. This method allows for a lovely rich vintage looking patina. Here are some examples of other raw brass pieces done using this salt and vinegar method:
I of course forgot to take photos of the pieces I cut before making them into jewelry but here is an example using the same leaf focal just in the rose ox finish. I am planning on making another necklace using these in the rose ox finish as well.
What I did:
- soaked my cleaned raw brass pieces in salt water and vinegar solution and baked in the oven
- cut the focals apart using these shears
- sanded and filed the rough edges
- sealed the brass with renwax
- made jewelry!!!!
Here is what I made:
Using two of the raw brass focals I made a parure. I used vintage glass faceted cabochons in a very pale lavender color. Part of my inspiration was this lovely vintage necklace:
But I was also inspired my some of the old Hollywood costume jewelry designers, especially Joseff of Hollywood. Brooches are in style right now and so are bolder necklaces and long,bold earrings. Here are some more photos for you to enjoy. You can click on the photos if you want to see an enlarged picture for more detail and then hit the back button to come back to the post!
First photo show the necklace, earrings and brooch, then the brooch and earrings together and then just the necklace.
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the others on the list below!
Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Jewelry Making Outside the Box
The Rose Sword
Fine and Dandy Jewelry
Exotic Peru Jewelry
Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker
SLG Jewelry Designs
Howling Dog Jewelry
Sea Horse Ranch Life
Victorian Rose Boutique
Clare Wells Nemeth
Lynn Leigh Designs
Ingrid Anderson **********You Are Here**********
Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry
Past Time Fancies
Lovely Layla Bugs
Heart’s Dezire by Irene
Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art
Adorn Divine Designs