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?

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October Fest 2013 Blog Hop

When I came upon the information for this blog hop I though to myself “What a fun blog hop this will be!” It is sponsored by Toltec Jewels: The theme being “A Home & Hearth Blog Hop Celebrating Autumn’s Splendor with Beads, Jewelry, Home Decor, Food, Friends & Family!”  I have been pondering what exactly am I going to share? So many options! Being that I make jewelry well of course I will share some fall inspired jewelry.  My 4 year old and I like to take walks and gather fun things that we find. One beautiful day early in October we collected the following things:

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After bringing our finds home it hit me that these beauties from nature were perfect for some fall inspired jewelry. I usually don’t design around the seasons so this was a fun challenge for me. Here are a few of the pieces I made using the above photo as inspiration.

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Each piece is different yet they reflect the color and textures found in our “collection” pile! The bird necklace obviously picks up on the green and brown theme.  For the second necklace I chose the large vintage brass focal because the texture reminded me of the pine cone. All the rest is playing with the colors.

Being that it is almost Halloween I thought I would also share some spider cookies made with my four year old. They are so easy (not too pretty!) For the bodies any brownie like cookie works. Some icing between the two or you could just use one cookie for each body. We then added thin licorice for the legs. There are many options for the eyes and legs.  We made some using just M&M candies for the eyes and pretzel sticks for the legs.

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Obviously these are works in progress but great fun for the little ones! We also made some monsters!

Hope you enjoyed the jewelry and spider monsters and if you want to see more check out all the wonderful offerings of the other participants.

Caroline                                       http:// Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Andrea Glick-Zenith                     http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Dolores Raml                               http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com/
Karla Morgan                               http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com
Susie Harris                                 http://jewelleryjunkie.blogspot.com/
Susan                                          http://libellulajewelry.com
Mischelle                                      http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Billi                                               http://billi-rs-rothove.blogspot.com/
Kay Thomerson                           http://kayzkreationz.blogspot.com/
Jean Yates                                  http://prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com/
Kelly Hosford Patterson               http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer                           http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com
Liz E                                            http://beadcontagion.blogspot.com
Jasvanti Patel                              http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com
Christie Murrow                           www.charisdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
Jodie Marshall                             http://marshalljodie.blogspot.com/
Andrea Trank                              http://heavenlanecreations.com/
Dini Bruinsma                              http://angazabychanges.blogspot.nl
Elsie Deliz Fonseca                     http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com/
Pepita                                         www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan                              http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com/
Kathleen                                     http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/
Vera Lynn                                   http://veradesigns.blogspot.com/
Rana Wilson                               http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com/
Catherine King                           http://catherines-musings.blogspot.com/
Lily Vincent                                 http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.co.uk/
Janice Hidey (Janimar)               http://drawingthelinesomewhere.com/
Cory Tompkins                           http://TealwaterDesigns.blogspot.com
Candida Castleberry                  www.spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
Cynthia Kent Machata                http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache                         http://www.allprettythings.ca
Linda Anderson                          http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Leah Curtis                                 http://beadyeyedbunny.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Reno (JenRen)              http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/
Robin Reed                                 http://willowdragon.blogspot.com/
Tanty Sri Hartanti                        www.tjewellicious.blogspot.com
Lisa Lodge                                  http://gratefulartist.blogspot.com/
Ingrid A.                                      https://lilisgems.wordpress.com/
Judy Turner                                www.silver-rains.blogspot.com
Gina Hockett                               http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com/
Nelly May                                    www.smellynelly.blogspot.com
Tanya McGuire                           http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/
Ahowin                                        http://www.blog.ahowinjewelry.com
Sonya Stille                                 http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com
Pam                                            http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Carol D.                                      http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/
Asri Wahyuningsih                      http://asribeadwork.blogspot.com/
Ginger Bishop                             http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Janine                                         http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories
Shaiha Williams                          http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Toltec Jewels (Rita, your hostess)  www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Inspirations From A Travel Box

Yesterday when I got the mail there was this box.

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It appeared a bit tired and worn: as if it had made many trips and been to many places.  I thought to myself “Well, I didn’t order anything” My name was neatly hand written on the label in purple, so I knew it was definitely something special!  I opened the travel weary package and the contents revealed that it was the “Travel Box”.  So now I was excited! So what is this mysterious travel box? It is a jewelry creating challenge that is taking place at B’Sue Boutiques Creative Group with the help of Paula Gaskill. Inside the box are various jewelry creating goodies.  Each participant chooses a few items to use and places a few items from their stash.  Fun and exciting! These are the pieces I chose.

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These are the pieces I put into the box.

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Now off to create!

An Experiment: Adding Color and Images to Stamped Solder Pendants

I made several stamped solder pieces a few months ago and wasn’t sure what to do with them so I just put them aside for another day. (You can check out my previous post about stamped solder jewelry from March 2013) I finally got back to them recently and began to experiment with adding some color or images to the pieces. Here are some examples of pieces without any coloring.

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For some I used Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink pens. These are so much fun and quite easy to use. I really like how the colors look. Some examples of works in progress with the alcohol inks. The inks will probably have to be heat set and then sealed so they don’t rub off over time.

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I also used some Staz-On Ink and stamped an image onto a heart pendant. ( I used a larger heart. I forgot to take a picture before I completed the pendant!)  coloring1

After I stamped the image onto the heart I sealed it with Ice Resin and added some beads to make a necklace.

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Overall I am pleased with the results.  Just need to do a bit more experimenting and of course complete the works in progress!