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?

A New Challenge

So you know they saying “new year, new you”….well how about “new year new line”….. of jewelry! That is what it is going to be for me.  I joined the Build A Line Challenge along with 48 other exceptional jewelry designers and creators!

My jewelry tends to be eclectic and one of a kind.  I love using vintage pieces in my designs.  While I love this eclectic look it is not for everyone.  Many like to wear jewelry that “matches” or coordinate with other pieces. This is why I decided to join the challenge.  You can read more about the challenge here.  Not only is it a wonderful challenge but also class taught by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques, on learning how to make a cohesive line.  I am looking forward to the journey and hope you will follow along with us!

There will be three blog hops, the first on Jan. 23! So you will have to wait until the 23rd to see what I have come up with so far!

I will leave you with some photos of some jewelry that I have created over the years.

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Summer Memories Jewelry Design Challenge

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As a member of the B’Sue Boutiques Creative Group on facebook we have monthly design challenges.  These challenges vary each month but one of the “requirements” is to use pieces from B’Sue Boutiques. You will find fantastic brass and plated brass components. Though my true love is vintage many of the brass stampings have a vintage style and are even made from old vintage dies. As you can see from my necklace the focal piece which is from B’Sue Boutiques looks vintage.

This months challenge is summer memories. Here is more information on the challenge.

Here is my story and entry: I was fortunate to go to Germany every summer to visit family. My sister and I loved going to Nurnberg where they have a market through the town. This art nouveau style bracelet was purchased at one of the markets. My sister got the exact same one. story

These trips to Europe are why I love art nouveau art and jewelry so very much. The masthead pendant is done in an art nouveau style which is why I chose her for my challenge piece.

We also would visit art exhibits and the first time my sister and I took a train to Munich by ourselves we went to the Lenbach House and saw an August Macke exhibit, hence the  colors used in the necklace. augustmacke-zoologischergarten

The red bakelite button is from the 1930s and was my grandmothers. So you can see I have incorporated my wonderful summer memories into this necklace.

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