It’s no secret that one of the best ways to showcase vintage and antique Sterling jewelry is to simply give it a thorough cleaning!
I have been diving headlong into the Rs this past year and plan on continuing this joyful journey for awhile. My Rs include repairing, restoring, and re-purposing Sterling.
Adding my personal touch to these neglected (yet brilliantly designed) pieces gives me tremendous pleasure and sense of accomplishment. I adore the sheer weight and impeccable quality these solid beauties possess!
These gorgeous Danecraft, Beau, and Jewelart Sterling items were created to be cherished, worn, and passed on through the generations. My hope is to share them with others, so they too, can appreciate these fine pieces of metallic art.
But first, they need a bath!
PS: My first shows of the year are in March- full spring schedule available soon!
For awhile now I have been collecting vintage Sterling jewelry pieces to re-purpose into new designs. Pins and earrings become rings or pendants. Some need a bit of work -grinding off the old broken pin from a brooch or removing the screw back earring findings and smoothing the back. Sometimes I add my handmade fused glass to the new piece just for a bit of sparkle. And everything gets a bath!!
My first scheduled show is in March so I am taking this time to design new jewelry and try out a few interesting techniques. Since I have been working with Sterling flatware in some of my designs, I have a bit of silver left over to play with.
I decided to try a version of reticulation, the process of creating a textured surface using a torch to bring the metals to a high temperature.
Here are some of my first attempts!
Stay tuned for my upcoming spring and early summer show schedule!
My handmade decorative terracotta pottery and unique re-purposed sterling silver spoon jewelry are among the items I will be sharing at Sweet Home Dollars for Scholars, Sweet Home HS, Amherst, NY on Saturday, October 13, from 9-3.