My true calling in the art of making jewelry is to find ways to make old things new and wearable. This pin features a pre-ban (1960s) carved ivory rose (just like grandma used to wear). I’ve made an oxidized sterling silver setting to create a complete rose. The darkened silver accentuates the pale ivory where old meets new in a heavy-metal sense! A “Heavy-Metal Rose” (that is what I will call this one). Just listed in my Adobe Sol Designs Shop.

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I think this one may be my favorites so far.

I found a few of these vintage employee badges from Fisher Body. They were an automobile coach builder founded in 1908 in Detroit. These badges were made by Superior Seal & Stamp Co. This badge is in really great condition and built super strong. Fisher Body (no longer in business) punched a hole in this badge. I have read that after they closed the plant, they punched holes in the badges.  I made a sterling silver grommet for the hole and added a beautiful vintage crystal button set in a handmade sterling silver bezel setting.

Fisher Body has got quite a history. This particular badge is from the Hamilton/Fairfield, Ohio plant which was closed in 1988.

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To catch up on my BAW posts… Here are brooches 16 through 20!
BAW52/17 Copper and Baltic Amber

BAW52/16 Steampunk Pin

BAW52/18 Vintage Glass Flowers, S Steel, Sterling Silver

BAW52/19 Garnet Onyx Sterling Silver

BAW52/20 Vintage Button, Garnet, sterling Silver

BAW52 # 15 is a lovely little copper “Vector” pin. I’ve placed a sterling silver rivet at “True North”.  Always follow your heart to your own True-North!

I’m giving this one away with the purchase of any of my other BAW52 Brooches. All available pins are listed at Adobe Sol Designs.

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Brooch A Week #11, #12

March 19, 2013

I’m keeping a good pace on the brooches! BAW52 is so much fun. I look forward to what comes next. I just got in some really magnificent cabochons which will be my inspiration for the next pin!

Finished with 11 and 12. I’m super happy with the way each of them turned out.

#11 is made with sterling silver and faceted clear quartz stone. Still running on my “Shapes” inspiration, I designed it with a heart, ring and a freeform dangle at the bottom for interest:

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#12 is one of my classic designs, that I love, featuring a MOP vintage button hand set in oxidized sterling silver.

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I will be listing my Brooch-A-Week Flickr challenge entries on my Website exclusively!

The Weebly site is new to me, so if you have any questions, feedback or comments… I’m all ears. I’ve put together a FAQ page to help navigate through the purchase process.

Idea for Brooch #10: I am in the mood to make a brooch with “shapes”….

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Brooch A Week #9

March 12, 2013

Going back to my recent favorite material… Vintage Buttons, here is BAW #9. I am so addicted to these vintage painted porcelain buttons. They have a life of their own with lovely color pained on by hand, back in the day! This button inspired me to make a simple sterling silver setting, just enough to make the colors pop. An oxidized patinae gives an old world appeal to this modern day brooch:

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