Recently I had the opportunity to go antiquing. I love wandering through the antique shops looking at the old tintype pictures, oil paintings, and glassware. Of course, the vintage/antique jewelry is always the best part! This time I was in search of brooches or unusual pieces that I could use as a focal in a necklace. I do not normally alter vintage as I am a purist in that sense. However, I am making an attempt to light up a little on that ideology.
While in one of the antique shops I noticed a small glass case and in it were some beautifully detailed ribbon slides from the late 1800s. I bought a few of them - but I am not 100% sure what I am going to design with them. I thought perhaps a bracelet, but I am a little concerned they are too delicate for a bracelet focal. I am leaning towards an assemblage Opera length necklace. Of all of my finds that day, these are my favorite.
While venturing through the other antique shops I ran across a few more great finds. One of several pieces I found was a brooch that had a sort of winged animal look to it (sounds kind of strange....lol) however, I thought it had potential and it came with a glass baroque pearl glued in the center, which drew me to the piece in the first place.
In the necklace I designed with the winged animal brooch, I turned the brooch up-side-down, now it resembles an owl, or at least I think it does, and worked from there. The brooch was made of pot metal and was fading in color so I painted it and added some silver highlights. I then made a pearl chain in different types and sizes relating to the center pearl of the focal, added a few faceted glass beads as well, and enough chain to make it Opera length. The bottom drop is made up of a beautiful flower attached to a filigree drop. The center of the flower is a vintage West German starburst crystal. I think this piece is really fun.
I have also been working with some recycled leather pieces I have. I cut the leather scraps to the sizes I wanted for the bracelets and then added a mix of vintage and new embellishments and rivets. I particularly love the double wrap stackable ones.
All of the pieces are at ursyllabs.etsy.com.
Talk to you soon,