For us as artists, nothing could be truer.....if we don't look at things from a new angle, we will stay in the same old rut and never grow. Our work will become stale and ordinary.
That does NOT mean, however, that we cannot stay true to our roots. My style roots are in vintage jewelry and always will be. I'm not a big repurposer, I prefer to let the old pieces alone unless there just is no other hope for them, then yes, I'll cabbage a component and use it.
More than anything, however, I love to take the brass stampings and vintage jewelry supplies we offer at B'sue Boutiques and see what new thing I can do with them. I prefer to take today's techniques, mix them with the old, tried and true....and see what design I can create that is true to me and true to my first love....vintage jewelry.
For this hop we were to use at least one of the components in this collage:
I chose two of them, the leafy swag top left, and the pretty heart at top bottom.
I determined that I wanted to do a little beading on wire with my designs, and I made three, each one a little harder than the one before.
My first is this one.....
I used this filigree...raw brass, turned sideways:
Find it here at B'sue Boutiques: http://www.bsueboutiques.com/product-p/fil07772.htm
I turn it SIDEWAYS and then begin to bend it across the heart until it lines up just right, then tamp down the front with flat nose pliers.
Generally I patina first, but in the case of paints, I put the heart together first, and this case I used Krylon cream spray paint, let dry, then light mist of Amber Sea Glass Krylon until I got just the shade of pinkish brown that I wanted. Since I would be working with light chocolate pearls and creme baroque pearls, I thought that would be a good mix.
And it includes that lovely little German filigree cat, they came in JUST in time for my project. The German filigree is amazing and comes in in this rich chocolate patina, which is aged brass. Find that kitty here:
I used some dark, bronzey chainmaille chain I had gotten from a vintage buy. It is very inspiring!
The pearl drop is attributed to old Miriam Haskell stock.
And here is the back:
Going on, I challenged myself to embellish the next piece with tapestry beaded leaves:
This is much in the old Haskell style, not that I imagine myself to be an ace at working in that vein.....but I intend to perfect this technique and will continue to work on it and share it with you. More photos:
The key is to use fine wire...I used 28 gauge copper base gold plated wire....and to try to work tight so as little as possible shows.
I still need work, but I am not ashamed of this.
I did attach the leaves and other components with glue. Being true to form I would have determined placement before positioning, and drilled out the heart base so that it would be wired into place instead.
I will challenge myself to do that soon! This time, I had to get done....and to be sure, glue is quite secure so long as you have a solid technique and are not messy about it.
I made a small pair of drops to go with the piece, which I will probably put up for sale soon. A pair of earrings, just simple ones, helps to sell a piece.
The back is the same as the previous piece. No I have not signed these yet. I will engrave my maker's mark on a tiny brass blank and antique it, then lacquer it....and glue it on the back.
Moving on to my last piece...
For this one I used our small necklace blank:
THEN, I cut apart the leafy stamping and applying it to the sides of the blank, I centered the piece with the heart. The heart is topped with the central leaf from the swag.
Everything in this case was painted first, except the back..I will explain that later:
Then I tapestry beaded around the sides of the heart with seed beads and firepolished beads in shades of pink, adding bits of fine vintage pearl chain which were glued in place. A small ornament that was tapestry beaded was added, wired in place. Then bit by bit I added the other embellishments, including the rose montees.
Being true to form all the montees would be wired on, but E6000 glue is very secure and so long as one is neat is just as sturdy, so because of time I went with glue. One day soon I will challenge myself to take time for the wire and perfect the technique.
As you can see, this one has matching earrings, too.
The back was a quandary. I spray painted it with my same colors for the rest of this body of work to try and hide the bit of wire, it's okay but I need to think about this.....there was no way to do what I wanted to do without wrapping the wire around. Perhaps a better idea would be to do low profile seed beads around the back.
It's hard to see my engraved signature so I will re-do that and add a plaque.
On this one, I may procure some ultrasuede and just cover it.....I'll ruminate on that. All in all, this is very comfortable to wear and I love how it falls. I will probably sell it.
I very much enjoyed this excersize which will, hopefully, open a determined new door for me, one I have gone through in the past but a journey not completely taken. As I find new and better ways to embellish brass pieces in this style I will share the findings with you via blog posts, posts at the B'sue Boutiques Creative Group and in my You Tube free instruction videos, which you can access here:
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OKAY.....enough of that and of me! MANY OTHERS are participating and want you to come and visit their posts! Will you take time for that, possibly leaving them some encouraging words about their work? We'd sure appreciate that, and we ALL thank you for coming!
HERE IS THE LIST OF PARTICIPANTS:
The Rose Sword
Fine and Dandy Jewelry
Exotic Peru Jewelry
Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker
SLG Jewelry Designs
Howling Dog Jewelry
Sea Horse Ranch Life
Victorian Rose Boutique
Clare Wells Nemeth
Lynn Leigh Designs
Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry
Past Time Fancies
Lovely Layla Bugs
Heart's Dezire by Irene
Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art
Adorn Divine Designs