Cleaning Does Pay Off! Surprise Vintage Jewelry Finds

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This lovely vintage bohemian garnet brooch was MIA. Couldn’t find it. I had been searching for it everywhere and was beginning to think that I had put it in lot of newer costume jewelry to go to auction. This made me nervous, angry with myself and of course a bit sad.

Well, the other day I was cleaning out some jewelry boxes and lo and behold this is what I found:

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Lots of forgotten bracelets and the brooch! How that brooch got in there is a mystery. There is an obvious theme of bangle bracelets and then this lonely lovely brooch.  Many of the bracelets I have had for years and used to wear frequently. Perhaps I stopped wearing them because the box they were was lonely and forgotten. This still doesn’t solve the mystery of the single brooch but that is ok with me!

So I guess cleaning and reorganizing does pay off. One of those tasks that I least enjoy but maybe now I will look at it as an adventure. I may just find some forgotten treasures like the ones below.

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Victorian Style Santa Jewelry

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I love the holiday season. The anticipation of being with family and friends, the music, the cool weather and of course the decorations.  I grew up with old Victorian and early European Christmas ornaments and decorations. When I saw this lovely raku Santa pendant made by Harry Wood I just had to have it. (and not just this one)  I made it into a necklace along with some of his raku beads. I should have kept it but it is being enjoyed my someone else.

There is something about the nostalgic feel of his pieces that draws me to them and to create some fun holiday jewelry.  Though some lovers of Christmas keep things up all year!

Here are three more necklaces that I sold using Harry Wood’s lovely pieces.

What a lovely way to get into the holiday spirit.

I have two more pieces available in my etsy shop at the moment.

The first I just put on a simple chain and can be found here.

The second is a sweet pudgy faced fella with some vintage glass sugar beads and orange beads. He can be found here.

There is one more available but I can’t seem to find a photo of him so just follow this link and you will be surprised!

Finally if you want to see more of Harry Wood’s awesome creations here is a link to his etsy shop.

These would all make great gifts for that lover of Christmas!  Now off to start decoration for the holidays. or is it too soon???

 

 

 

1928 Jewelry Collection: Brooches

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I don’t usually wear brooches so I do not have many in my collection.

This is one that I found quite interesting. The pink and green combination reminds me of the old Miami Florida. Plus, who doesn’t  love a flamingo!? Probably will just keep this on the card….or may wear it as a pendant.

broochlocketThis locket brooch was in a large lot of jewelry that I purchased, again not really something that I would normally wear but love the nod to old Victorian lockets.

broochfence1What a whimsical piece for sure. Love how the bouquet the girl is carrying is almost as big as she. The pickets fence and moon add to the whimsy. I may try to wear this as a pendant, will have to see how it works out.

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Just kinda fell in love with this one for nostalgic reasons only. Again love bouquets in vases. This one with a hint of whimsy as well.

Finally my favorite so far:

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This I will absolutely wear as a pendant. Fantastic detail down to the  bohemian dangle earrings!

Collection Obsession: 1928 Jewelry

Is it really an obsession? fun? just collecting? fashion?hoarding?………..all of the above.

I am in love with 1928 jewelry, especially the vintage/older pieces.  I have recently added a few new pieces to my collection as well.

It is timeless jewelry, that is beautifully designed and made here in the USA!

Someone should write a book about the company!

I will start by sharing some photos and then hope to get into more detail in a later post. Maybe show how I wear the jewelry.

Collection Obsession: Vintage Brass Stampings

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

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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.

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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:

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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!!!!

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Here is what I made:

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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:

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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

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com/

Jann Tague

Clever Designs

https://janntague.wordpress.com/

Lori Beekman

B.Accessorized

https://baccessorized.wordpress.com/

Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry

http://www.fineanddandyjewelry.blogspot.com/

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru Jewelry

http://exoticperujewelry.blogspot.com/

Dana Hickey

Magpie Approved

http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com/

Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker

Q Settings

https://qsettings.wordpress.com/

Karen Eaton

KJewelry Creations

http://kjewelrycreations1.blogspot.com/

Shari Gardner

SLG Jewelry Designs

https://slgdesigns.wordpress.com/

Alison Huie

Ally’s Baubles

http://allysbaubles.blogspot.com/

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

http://www.novegattidesigns.blogspot.com/

Carole Carlson

Beadsophisticate

https://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com/

Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com/

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me/

Charlotte Smothers

Sea Horse Ranch Life

http://seahorseranch.blogspot.com/

Catherine Shattuck

Victorian Rose Boutique

https://vrbrose.wordpress.com/

Clare Wells Nemeth

Papercrafting Magic

http://papercraftingmagic.blogspot.com/

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com/

Lynda O’Mara

Lomara Creative

http://www.lomaracreative.com/

Ginger Hammond

Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com/

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

Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry

https://lilisgems.wordpress.com/

Deb Beechy

Beetique

http://www.beetique56.blogspot.com

Harry Wood

Oscar Crow

http://oscarcrow.blogspot.com/

Delyssa Maxwell

Past Time Fancies

https://pasttimefancies.wordpress.com/

Paula Gaskill

Lovely Layla Bugs

http://lovelylaylabugjewels.weebly.com/blog

Irene Hoffman

Heart’s Dezire by Irene

https://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com/

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

http://wilywolverine.blogspot.com/

Leslie Carver

Adorn Divine Designs

http://adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com/