7/30/14

1940's Bow Broach Repair & Repurpose

Bows in Fashion and Jewelry have been around for ages.  In the 1940's bows were at the forefront in jewelry design often in the form of broaches.  Today, bow broaches are making a comeback as 'Repurposed/Assemblage Jewelry'. 
 
'Antique Rose Bow' is my latest repurposed bow broach.  She needed a bit of TLC with replacement of a couple of garnet rhinestones and plating repair on the base metal bow.  Here's a HowToTip on making that repair: 
~ Clean with Dawn using a soft bristle toothbrush. 
~ Lightly buff with 'Fine Steel Wool'.
~  Use a Metallic Paint Pen to cover the entire front surface of the bow.  I used Elmer's brand...example HERE.  The shiny plated finish becomes a bit more antique gold and opaque, but still has a shine.  Some plated pieces are left with chippy look to give aged look.  To me, this piece seemed too elegant to leave chippy. 
 
Not bad for a Bow Broach found in a Bag of Broken/Battered/Broaches!
Now to Find a Buyer.
BTW...It's January's Birthstone.
Hmmm...I may have to keep it!

7/29/14

'BackInTheDay' Buttons and Birthdays

Remember when a calendar was just a calendar...like when one day was pretty much like the one before.  When the months you paid the most attention to were June, July and August because school was out for the summer.  Not that you cared what day it was or marked them off on the calendar like in the month of May. 
 
Remember when your Mom hung the freebie calendar from the local 'Grocery Store' somewhere in the kitchen...usually near the door where you stood barefoot tall with a pencil pressed against the top of your head to make the line.  My Mom always said, "Sue, for Pete's Sake, stand up straight".  I was TALL and SKINNY and not always happy to be so.  Sometimes the tallness number was written on the calendar, but for sure it was recorded right there on wall beside the pencil mark for measuring how much TALLER I was than the JANUARY before.  That was about the only time I paid much attention to Calendars....until I became a 'January Collector'.
 
Now, whenever I see a 'January Calendar' I add it to my collection.  It just so happened the 1955 January calendar was displayed in a bin of buttons.  Could not be better for closing out this months Button Binge posting.  Not that I am done with Buttons, you understand.

The Button Bins will continue to repurpose into Button Jewelry and be incorporated in with the Vintage to Vogue Jewelry making...like this one.

I do not remember wearing JEWELRY BackInTheDay, yet here I am in 1955 wearing a leaning to the left Medallion Necklace and a shoved up the arm Bangle Bracelet.  I can just hear my Mom saying, "Sue, for Pete's Sake, stand up straight, you are slumping to the left, again."  That explains the leaning left necklace.  As for the bangle bracelet...it would have been a saddle oxford ornament had it not been pushed up nearly to my elbow.
On my Birthday...January 20, 1955...I was 8 years old.
Told you I was TALL and SKINNY!!!

7/28/14

Aurora Borealis...Blue Jewels of Choice

Collecting vintage jewelry comes with a price besides what you pay for it whether you thrift, flea, garage, junktique shop or...gasp...Retail/Internet shop.   That price?  The Parting Pain!

It is almost too high a price to pay...the pain of parting with pieces you have coveted for so long.  It doesn't matter that many of the treasures may be missing a rhinestone or two or the clasp is broken, or even covered in dirt.  All of those flaws can be fixed.

Yet, once they are repaired and it is your intention to 'Part' with said 'Treasure', it is still hard to do.  That is where I am with this latest 'VintageToVogue' necklace that was previously three different pairs of clip on earrings, a strand of knotted faux pearls and a mixture of glass and crystal beads.

Most of what I collect is NOT in MINT condition.  I am not put off by broken, chipped, or missing rhinestones.  If one earring is missing a few stones, or the clip is broken, all the better for repurposing into a new piece.  Such was the case with the pair of Aurora Borealis earrings. 

The Blue Aurora Borealis is my color of choice between Red, Green, and Clear. The technique of applying rhinestones with an iridescent metallic coating was developed in the early 1950's by French Fashion Designer, Chrisian Dior.
He collaborated with Austrian crystal manufacturer, Swarovski in developing and producing the coating that gave the stones a dazzling glimmer.  They named the coating after the mysterious glow of the Northern Lights.  The first massed produced aurora borealis coated costume jewelry hit the public market in 1955. 

 Parting is such Sweet Sorrow...but...I'll get over it...as soon as it sells.
In it's favor is the BSK marking on the once-an-earring pendant.
The pristine knotted strand of pearls with the original clasp adds to it's value as well.
I'm betting Blue Aurora Borealis just might be your Jewel of Choice, too.
I'm pretty sure it is Sally's!
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7/27/14

I BOUGHT Buttons...A Sympathy Buy

Lady at Antique Shop..."Here's a chair, a bottle of water, a scoop and a bag...have fun...and when you finish at the button TUB there's a CHEST full of old JEWELRY you can look through...more fun."

Are you kidding me??!!!  Like I don't have enough of both!!! 

None the less, I felt obligated to sit and sift through the 'Claw Foot Tub' FULL of Buttons.  Really, it was one of those BIG tubs, too, and when she said, "I have another one just like this one at home", I felt sorry for her.

Out of SixKabillionZillion Buttons I picked 6 and a Buckle.  That was one a minute...anymore time in that TUB and I'm sure I would have had a relapse of the Button Sicknesses I've been doctoring myself for these last few months. 

I am ever so grateful there are no known diseases attached to the about 1950's 
'Parklane Cornucopia' Broach/Pendant.
Even so, I would have risked it for $12...mint condition, too.
Yep, my Cornucopia runneth over...one on Ebay for $55.
What I have learned from this experience!
Styrofoam divided 'Dinner Trays' from Walmart not only make great
'Jewelry Work Trays', they make 'Stunning Photo Backgrounds'.
Great Values Day for Buttons, Broaches and Buffet!

7/25/14

On The Button Wagon...It's Been 7 Days!

It has been 7 Days since my last Button Post.  
Really, it's been 7 Days since my last post, period....it just so happens it was on buttons.
As I look back over June's Archives, nearly EVERY post has been about buttons.
I'd say it was certainly time for a Button Break...or...a Break from Buttons!
Before the Button Bustin' Break, the Button Bins were Bulging after the Button Binge I was on.  I'm glad I photographed the overflowing bins....otherwise I wouldn't have anything to show you on this 'BackToThe Buttons'  post.  Hard to believe I haven't taken a single photo in the last 7 days.  I think I must have 'Binged Out'...if there is such a thing even for an 'OverDoer' like me.

Yep, from the looks of these last three Bins you are probably thinking
I really needed a 7 Day Hiatus from Buttons.
Whew, this looks like a 'CrapShoot'...I wonder if they take
'Buttons' at the Crap Tables in Vegas!
Not that it matters...since I'm still
'On The Button Wagon'.

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