I found myself needing a few new (but in some cases old, as in vintage) things to work with. I want to make several new pairs of earrings since my supply is dwindling so I hit the online stores because even though I enjoy shopping here at the Lake it does have its limitations at times (like the middle of the winter for one).
I of course shopped my beloved Etsy and found some lovely little beads…dark garnet, some tourmaline and a unique cut of glass bead that looks like garnet.They are featured in the small bags in the photo…perfect for some earrings. Here I also purchased the wonderful amazonite long bead drops on the left of the photo. I even shopped eBay, which I haven’t done for years, really. But, I found some very nice pieces such as the bird pendants, which are not going to be made into earrings, just in case you were wondering! Here I also bought the wonderful ladies watch cases…I’m loving the one inscribed “George to Maggie” on the back because it is so endearing. And a small gold crest scatter pin that may be altered into a brooch or become a link in a necklace.
Then I ran across a store called Earthly Adornments out of California. I’m so thrilled that they have an online store because I could have bought almost everything in it if I had the funds. Almost everything they carry is antique or vintage and it’s all jewelry or jewelry supplies. I purchased several lovely pieces that will enable me to create some wonderful earrings such as the antique brass three-to-one connectors and the silver and blue chandelier pendants. I also found the fancy molded persimmon glass melon beads and the lovely antique West German crystal vitrial pentagon beads…ooh-la-la! They are a bit rough on the ends, but with some pretty bead caps will be a feature in any piece. They really are prettier in person and feel like holding a piece of history. The same goes for the art Nouveau raw brass filigree piece with the lovely patina. My last find here were the charming little vintage calla lily drops that will make a fine addition to any kind of jewelry. I have already used one in a very special piece I’m making…but more on that at another date.
So, I’ve been enjoying playing with my new goodies and am in the midst of making a couple of pieces that I’m very proud of. I will, of course share these when they are completed.
Do you love vintage and antique things? What are some of your favorite finds? I’d love to hear from you on this.
Peace to your heart,