Everyone needs to keep back a box or baggie or drawer full of stuff that inspires them, little bibs and bobs they pick up along the way.
This is not stuff you will maybe ever use to make jewelry. OR...you might. Just stuff you keep and fondle, look at, think about. Stuff that leads you to new ideas.
Below you'll see one such piece. This is a combined stamping, that is a stamping that's soldered onto another.
I just think this is awesome. The color on it was achieved with pearl paints. You could do that with acrylics, or maybe heat-set alcohol based paints for altered art and scrapbooking.
This coiled vintage wire just makes me think.....hmmmm. Maybe cut it and make a necklace and hang stuff all over it. But I know there is more to it than just that. That's why I want to save it and just go back to it, again and again.
What would you do with it?
Keys are always fun. What would you do with this bunch of little sterling-plated keys?
These would also be good on a vintage style card made from handmade paper, combined with maybe some old watchparts, vintage lace, and a cool image under some resin in a bezel, or under a lens like we have on the website at http://www.bsueboutiques.com
These are WONDERFUL old gingerbread brass guilding-weight stampings made in France. They are what I call industrial stampings, not because they are mechanical or anything, it's just that they have an old fixture-hardware style look to them. They have little depressions in them; they were orignally meant to be pave'd with little tiny stones.
Well.....that's the obvious, isn't it? But, get it out of the can and into the hand! THINK DESIGN POSSIBILITIES. What can be DONE with this piece, what unsual use can there be? Save it til you figure it out, in your rainy-day inspiration box.
These are just a few things that are special to me. Do you have an inspiration box?