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Archive for July, 2012

Pieces From the Past

What is it about rust and patina that fascinates me? I was passing by a “junk” shop that I had passed many times and for once, I wasn’t in a big hurry, so I stopped in. After I had toured the premises and had not seen anything of particular interest, I started a conversation with the proprietor and asked him if he had any old rusty bits, like keys, watches, and broken jewelry. Being an avid metal detector, he pointed in the direction of a small glass case, covered by so many random ordinary things that it had gone unnoticed. I uncovered it and carefully went through its contents piece by piece. I ended up with a handful of treasures and went to the register and asked, “How much for all of this?” He replied that I held in my hand the results of approximately 1200 hours of metal detecting and after a bit of haggling, we settled on a price.

Some of the pieces will require a bit of studying and puzzling to find out what they need to turn into. This is what became of two of the lovely bits of treasure. What is the secret of the keyhole? Did it belong to a chest full of love letters, a door to a room, a simple box for mundane things? The story is yours to imagine.

 

 

A Little Bookish

Copper, 1948 newspaper, stamped leather

For the bibliophile in you.

Time Flies

Do you have any old, broken, forgotten pieces of jewelry or time pieces lying around that have too much sentimental value to throw away? I made this necklace for someone out of pocket watches that belonged to her family members and a charm pin that had heads monogrammed with the names of her sisters.  I love the challenge of combining random items with character and history to make something that is a reminder of the past and of beloved family members and is wearable for today. Contact me if you are interested.