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

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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Brooch A Week #10

March 15, 2013

This week, for the Brooch A Week Flickr Challenge,  I made a little sterling silver “shapes” pin. The circle and square spin freely. The white topaz is nice and has a lot of fire!

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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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Brooch A Week #8

March 11, 2013

Entry week #7 is  made with a vintage crystal button. I wanted to set this button without doing a bezel and keeping the button-hole intact. I designed a frame with a prong setting and a little loop to allow the pin wire to go through while attached through the hole in the button. I know, hard to understand my words… Have a look instead:

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Brooch A Week #7

March 10, 2013

I used to do a lot of freeform wire brooches before I got hooked on the torch. Real;ly had fun with this and will probably make a few more incorporating stone setting with the wire. Thought I’d go back to my roots with this one. Hand formed with copper wire, oxidized and polished:

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