Collection Obsession: Vintage Brass Stampings

OK. I admit it I have a problem! I am obsessed with vintage brass stampings and findings.


The above photo shows maybe 1/4 of what I have.  I use these to make jewelry if I have multiples of the same piece. I keep one of each and if I only have one then that gets kept as well.  It started with my love of anything vintage and art nouveau and then just ballooned into a collection.

I love the detail, designs, smell, touch and design of vintage brass.  Things just aren’t made like this anymore. Yes new brass stampings are being made even from old dies but the detail gets lost.  The actual process of how these were made is quite intriguing.

Now deciding on how to display these without ruining the pieces.  Any suggestions?

B’Sue Boutiques Change It Up Blog Hop

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:

  1. soaked my cleaned raw brass pieces in salt water and vinegar solution and baked in the oven
  2. cut the focals apart using these shears
  3. sanded and filed the rough edges
  4. sealed the brass with renwax
  5. 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.

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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

Mary Deis

The Rose Sword

Jann Tague

Clever Designs

Lori Beekman


Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru Jewelry

Dana Hickey

Magpie Approved

Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker

Q Settings

Karen Eaton

KJewelry Creations

Shari Gardner

SLG Jewelry Designs

Alison Huie

Ally’s Baubles

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

Carole Carlson


Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

Charlotte Smothers

Sea Horse Ranch Life

Catherine Shattuck

Victorian Rose Boutique

Clare Wells Nemeth

Papercrafting Magic

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time

Lynda O’Mara

Lomara Creative

Ginger Hammond

Lynn Leigh Designs

Ingrid Anderson      **********You Are Here**********

Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry

Deb Beechy


Harry Wood

Oscar Crow

Delyssa Maxwell

Past Time Fancies

Paula Gaskill

Lovely Layla Bugs

Irene Hoffman

Heart’s Dezire by Irene

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

Leslie Carver

Adorn Divine Designs

Having Fun With Solder

I completed two pieces from my recent pile of experimentation. One a bit more simple and the other with a bit more “pizzaz”. ( but not really!)

I have been contemplating if I should add some bling….. what do you think.  As a reminder here is part of the pile I have been creating: solder

The two pieces I finished aren’t even in this shot but here they are:

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Thanks for looking and more to come.  Now I need a name for a new shop since these are so different from my vintage assemblage pieces like this

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……things to contemplate

Some Things To Come…………

Some things to come.  Now that my little one is in kindergarten I have some time to do some creating. I do miss having her around though but it is all a part of the cycle of life. So I am embracing it and getting to work!

Some pictures of my works in progress.  Hopefully some lovely jewelry that you all will love to be created with these.


I am practicing with some rustic soldering of brass pieces.  hand cutting the brass and copper for some of the bases.

Others are pre made brass bases.


Some vintage brass stampings to add to the bases.

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Some birds, cicadas, cat, bulldog, Egyptian revival, sea horse and even a flower that I solder two three leaf petals together and then soldered the blue rhinestone.  Some even have a fossilized appeal which I love! these have been cleaned and filed but still need some more filing, hammering and perhaps some patina to bring out the highlights.  We shall see.

Hope you enjoyed looking. Remember if you click on the photos they will enlarge for better viewing.

Build A Line Challenge from B’sue Boutiques, Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry, Part Three

CollageheartPlease note **you can click on the images to enlarge them if you want to see more detail!*** and then hit the back button to go back to the post.

Wow has the last three months flown by! Not sure where the time went but I sure have acquired some fantastic and useful information during this challenge. The challenge was to create a cohesive and recognizable line of jewelry incorporating the lovely high quality findings from B’Sue Boutiques.

The final reveal is here! I have learned so many things that I had not thought about in depth or instituted prior to this class. Starting with what entails a cohesive line, pricing pyramid, branding and packaging, supply and product inventory and of course marketing.  I have worked a bit on each of these before (except perhaps the cohesive line part!) but the discussions and information received really made sense to me. So now to implement! The items I really need to work on are marketing and branding.  Here is an example of a box that I would package the jewelry in:


I would like to work on this a bit more.

I will continue creating this line and see where it goes. Here are some of the pieces that will be at the bottom of the pricing pyramid, your impulse buy price points of $20-$50

(Remember you can click on the photos to enlarge!)



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Some of the pieces will be one of a kind pieces at a mid price range.  They will of course fit in with the other lower level price range/impulse buy range. Here are a few examples of the mid level range about $50-$125.

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Here is an example of one of the necklaces and how it works with the other pieces.

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(Remember you can click on the photos to enlarge!)

I have shown you most of what I have created for the line.  Even if it never goes past this I have enjoyed the experience and have learned a great deal. My goals now are to market, market and market! I don’t have a name for the line and I am not sure if that really matters but something else to contemplate.

I would like to thank Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques for providing me with this wonderful learning experience.  I also want to thank all of my class mates for the wonderful ideas, inspirations and support!

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One final piece that I finished today March 19! One day before the reveal


Thanks for taking the time to look and be sure to check out the rest of the participants.

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

Jann Tague

Clever Designs by Jann

Judy King

Apt to Wander Studio

Linzi Alford

Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru

Carole Carlson


Lynn Stinten


Marica Zammit

Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck


Michaele Collie

The Vintage Gem

Mary Craig

Jewelry Alchemy

Lee Koopman

Strega Jewelry

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time Jewelry

Monica Casady

MJCasady Copper Works

Leila West

Leila Nicole Designs

Cindy Peterson

Leila Belcher

Leila Bee Designs

Gloria Allen

Wings and Beads

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

Tammy Adams

Paisley Lizard

Lynda O’Mara

LOmara Creative

Elizabeth Hildreth


Dana Hickey

Wind Dancer Studios

Janet Calardo

Jan Lea Designs

Maria Clark

Sweet Willow Designs

Lori Beekman

B. Accessorized

Jennifer Kroeger

Relic Charm

Amy Jorgensen

Hoarder’s Corner

Robin Reed

Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs

Ingrid Anderson

Lilis Gems

Louise O’Shields

Desire Divine Jewels

Susan Killam

Killam Creative

Mary Katherine Deis

The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry

Nike Bottalico

Nike Bottalico

Susan Bowerman

Woodside Wireworks

Kristy Le

Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs

Jan Peters

Stylized Vintage

Mitzie Crider

Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog

Gina Hockett

Freestyle Elements

Linda Anderson

From the Bead Board

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

Melida Boman

The Journey of Pens and Things

Teresa Shurter

TreeZ’s Treasurs

Melissa Latimer

Smithed Up

Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art

Nadine Edris

Moondance Jewelry

Lori Meyer

Parisienne Girl

Jennifer Merrill Williams

Artists of All Stripes

Denise Lussier Poirier

Jewelry by Denise

Renee Allen

Small Stuff Design

Autumn Adams

Autumn Dawns

Elizabeth Owens

1996 Shabby Lane

Kat BarronMiller

Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry

Sandra Ballard

Mama San’s Mojo

Coral Law