Knowing the Holidays are fast approaching, I have just finished up my first batch of etched brass cuffs and demi-cuffs. Each is etched beautifully with sheet music, gothic script, Scripture, scrollwork, tapestry motifs, and other lovely designs. I have found some incredible vintage finds to embellish each with including vintage Weiss rhinestone, aurora borealis rhinestone, brass-wrapped Lucite, brass filigrees, and metal tassels. I will be listing them later this week.
I will be at the Villa Madonna show this Saturday from 9-3 in Villa Hills, KY. Hope to see you!
I added some Gothic silhouettes to the Miniature Masterpieces and included text from math, spelling, German, and Swedish books all dating back to the 1800's. Vintage sacred medals, aged rhinestones, and antique brass-wrapped Lucite drops add the finishing touch. The necklaces are vintage crystals and beads. VERY edgy!
I have been wanting to try new techniques and revisit some ideas I had a few years ago. I was first introduced to polymer clay in the 90's and wasn't too interested. I guess in my mind I always thought polymer clay to be "cute," and I don't do cute. I try to go for something classic and different with an edgy twist.
Most, if not all, of my pieces have a vintage element, not just vintage-inspired, and polymer clay is most definitely not vintage. So what could I add to it to keep it true to my aesthetic and stand apart from others'? I looked around at my entire vintage supply inventory and came up with the idea to merge the old with the new in an entirely different way: petite polymer clay frames surrounding vintage Scripture, music score, and solid brass crosses under a "glass" of resin. Miniature Masterpieces.
In the process I discovered thatI LOVE WORKING WITH THE POLYMER CLAY! Probably more so than the etching. I love that the results are more predictable than etching and the forgiving nature of the clay allows me to smush something that doesn't look right and start over. With etching, once you actually start the etching process there's no going back.
There are a lot steps/details that go into making these pieces, but I hope you'll agree with me that the end result is totally worth the effort:
Vintage West German Crystals
I also set Vintage Scripture in old solid brass bezels I came across and used them and some old rhinestone to embellish vintage copper coated lockets I have been holding onto for a while:
All of these pieces are listed in the shop.
I will never give up etching the solid brass, but I so enjoy trying new things and incorporating the techniques seamlessly into my exiting line.