I found a wonderful old casting that I repurposed into a new design. Here is how it looked before I started:
I painted the flowers with alcohol inks and then sprayed a sealer to hold the colors. I then got busy gluing lots of rhinestones and added more porcelain flowers. Pink and purple were my focus colors. I layered the trellis piece onto a filigree finding. I then created a multistrand necklace with rosary and base metal chain. Here's my new design:
Welcome to Lady K's Cyber Studio!
My name is Karen and I love the bling! I love the challenge of working with affordable materials. I especially like repurposing forgotten pieces of costume jewelry and giving them life in a new design. Its just the right thing to do. Here in my cyber studio is where I will share my techniques and creative inspirations with you.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
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Friday, May 15, 2009
There was not a lot of affordable vintage findings but I did find a few things I can work with. I purchased a lot of wonderful old Pakastani Kuchi pendants that I've started to repurpose (see the pendant on the right) by removing the original cloudy rhinestones and replacing with new stones. It takes a lot of soaking in acetone and scraping of old glue with a dental instrument but the end results are terrific.
I also found Art 1200 Dentelles in a few vibrant colors that will fit beautifully in my jewelry designs.
I met a fabulous jewelry artist at Brimfield. Her name is Roberta Enhus from W. Boylston, MA and she goes by Black Rose Creations. Her jewelry was all made from recycled materials and she too likes to give life to old jewelry in new designs. This is a sample of her creative designs.
I have been shamefully neglectful of my blog and decided to share my first ever experience at the Brimfield Antique Show. This is a huge event that comes to my area 3 times per year and attracts over 5,000 dealers and 250,000 visitors. I went with the idea of purchasing pretty vintage jewelry pieces and hoping to find vintage jewelry findings for my own creations. I found wonderful designer pieces and dealers were almost always willing to negotiate a price although many collectible pieces were out of my price range. The asking price for Larry Vrba piece was $600 and just to rich for my purse.