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?

Works in Progress Week Five: Stamped Solder Flower Tear Drop Earrings

Made it to week five of my personal challenge! I had do many stamped solder pieces that I had started and then never completed so I decided that I had to do something with them.  Here is an example of some of the pieces.

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The two that I chose I did not photograph but you can see some others.  I decide to just polish and sand these for the earrings.  I free hand cut copper sheet into tear drop shapes and then added the molten solder and stamped them. I love the craftsman style thistle design. i left some of the copper showing for a more rustic appearance.  Just added silver plated ear wires and finished!

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