Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Stamping and Creating

I'm a little embarrassed to say that I haven't done any fall decorating yet.  Well, nothing but a couple of baby pumpkins sitting in silver goblets on my living room mantel.  That's it, nothing more.  I have a few fall projects I'd love to tackle, but right now I just can't find the time.  I did find time to play with some new jewelry creations, but I doubt any of them will make it into my Etsy shop because of all the shows I have coming up .  Here's a sampling of what I've been up to so far this week.....

how to make jewelry with vintage bits and pieces
I've been playing with skeleton keys, clip on earrings, typewriter keys, even some bits and pieces from an old tackle box I purchased a while back.

skeleton key jewelry
The skeleton keys looked naked without a little bling on the bottom, so I added a tiny Swarovski crystal to each one.  The chain on the Go Fish necklace is 24" long and is made up of everything I found in the tackle box except for the little flower connectors.  I don't remember where the pendant came from, but it seemed perfect for the necklace.  I didn't get a picture of the fishy earrings.

silverware handle necklaces
I decorated ten silverware handle necklaces with bits and pieces of salvaged jewelry.  
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silverware handle necklaces with charms
little charms.....

silverware handle necklaces embellished with vintage charms
vintage buttons, and little keys.

how to use metal stamps to create silverware necklaces
Then came the stamping marathon.
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metal stamed silverware necklaces
Eleven stamped spoon necklaces.

metal stamped spoon necklaces

Not pictured are the 44 stamped garden markers that were part of this marathon; they're still waiting to be polished and filled in with a Sharpie. Check out my silverware stamping tutorial.  I can't believe that I stamped every one of these spoon necklaces and 44 garden markers without one mishap.  It's not uncommon for me to stamp a letter backwards, upside down, spell something wrong, or get a double impression, but not this time.  This time, the only mishap occurred when I left out a word on the last and largest 45th garden marker.  Now I know my limit.
Next in line: buckets, tins, burlap, and Mod Podge, then maybe a little decorating.

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40 comments:

  1. All so pretty and unique!! I'm sure they will do wonderful at your show!! You'll have to take some pictures of your booth while your there!! :) Have fun! xo Holly

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  2. Wow, Betsy you HAVE been busy! LOVE the fish necklace! Brilliant! I can see why you'd need a large inventory; these are going to sell out!

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  3. You have been one busy lady. Absolutely stunning pieces. I'm sure you will have a great show!

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  4. Cute necklaces! I have yet to try the spoon necklace craze, but you make it look fun!

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  5. I read somewhere that you can't rush decorating...I'm applying that seasonally this year. Just love the necklaces made from flatware handles and the fishy necklace. Awesome pretties for the antique faire!!!

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  6. You have a good excuse for not decorating! :-D You have been busy and with pretty results! Hope you sell it all.
    Been so long since I worked on jewelry, almost forgot what I have to work with. :/

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  7. If we weren't throwing a dinner party on Sunday I would be tempted to get in the car and drive to Pleasanton just to see your beauties in person and buy a few.

    EVERYTHING looks beautiful.

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  8. Betsy - I love every single unique piece you've created!

    Pinning on our new Junker's United Pin Team board!
    http://www.pinterest.com/funkyjunkdonna/x-decor-junkers-united/

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  9. I LOVE the silverware handle necklaces! Hopefully you will have some listed in your etsy shop soon too:)

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  10. I love them all. You certainly have been busy. Fall can wait when you are creating such lovely pieces.

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  11. I love them all, too...and the go fish necklace is precious! Only you could figure out that design! Enjoy your day!

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  12. Your pieces are stunning! I especially love the ones with the silverware bottoms!

    Jeanine

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  13. Good golly girl! Love love those knife handle pendants.

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  14. You just keep making the most interesting jewelry! Love the handle necklaces!

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  15. What! No fall decorating! Only time to create all this incredible jewelry? tsk! Love it all of course. That little Go Fish is really clever. Enjoy all that is coming up for you!

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  16. All your beautiful new creations are just fabulous! I hope you sell out in record time.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  17. you're one very busy and VERY clever girl! no wonder you don't have time to decorate for "L'autumne." i can't tell you how much i adore your cover page earrings for the Autumn JA issue. well done....sigh.

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  18. Forget the Fall decorating, when you're making magic like this. Love it all.

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  19. Wow, that was a marathon!! I love how creative you are, how you even think of the combinations of trinkets. That fishing one is really neat! Who looks at a tackle box and see's a necklace??? I am intrigued with the ball chains on most of your jewelry, I don't even know what is popular! I think you should teach and online jewelry class!

    Carol

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  20. You have been one busy little, creative bee! Everything is wonderful, I love the fish necklace from the tackle box! Best of luck at your show, Betsy - don't forget pics! xo

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  21. I replaced some dying flowers with mums. does that count for fall decorating?

    Doing shows has got to be a ton of work. You have some great inventory.

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  22. Wow Betsy...I think you have been busier than me. Love all your beautiful necklaces!! My hubby cut me some flatware pieces for my last show, but I didn't have time to get them made into necklaces. So now I need to work on them for my Christmas show.
    Hope you have a great show on Sunday.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  23. Hi Betsy, You've created gorgeous pieces of jewelry again. It's so hard to pick a favorite. I love them all and pinned them.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  24. Holy Toledo, you have been busy!! Who cares if you have no Fall decorating done...all of these creations are MUCH more impressive!! The silverware handle necklaces are sooo wonderful, Betsy (and I think I spot my mother's pattern in the mix!). I just love it all.

    Hey, ever since you sent me the info on the chunkier ball chain, I have loved using it. Rings & Things is doing a huge bead show here in Portland this weekend (and it's so near my house, yay!), and I've pre-ordered a bunch more of the chain to pick up at the show (and no shipping! Another YAY!)

    Can't wait to see your buckets and tins and stuff. Good luck with your artsy marathon!

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  25. You have been one busy girl! If I had to choose just one to buy I would have a very hard time. I love everything you made! Good luck at your sale.

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  26. WOW, you have been busy! Everything is just fabulous!!

    Love the silverware handle jewelry, Betsy!

    I have some silverware I've been wanting to stamp, still on the to-do list!

    See you Sunday!!

    xo

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  27. So pretty! I know they will be very popular! I went to Barnes and Noble yesterday...suddenly there was your cover...SO BEAUTIFUL!!

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  28. Your work is so unique and beautiful not to mention inspiring. where do you purchase your chains and findings?0

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  29. Love it all, wish I could be at the show! I think the silverware would make cute Christmas tree ornaments too. Too sweet, love to see the garden markers, if you have time.

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  30. WOW...you have been busy! I just adore your creations!

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  31. Hello Betsy

    Love all those old cutlery handles and especially that you have given them new life as wearable art!!!
    The garden spoon labels are adorable too.
    You'll be a winner at the faire - have fun. I'm sorry I live too far away to visit otherwise I'd be there like a shot.

    I'm visiting from Michelle's Grey Dey Thursdey.

    Hugs
    Shane

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  32. Love the silverware handle jewelry. Best wishes at your show!!!

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  33. I love this kind of creation! From nothing to everything! Fantastic .. but a curiosity, the hole in silver as lhai got?
    curious .. see you soon!

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  34. I love them all. I can't decide which ones are my favorites. Hope your show is a huge success.

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  35. Love all your jewels, as usual! The stamped spoons are SO fun! :)
    Susan

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  36. Your designs are breathtakingly stunning!

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  37. Hey! My name is Monique and I met you today at the Pleasanton Fair. I would LOVE the 3rd skeleton key from the left pictured above and would like to know how to get it 😊 I should have gotten it today and greatly regret it! If you can email me to figure out something, I would appreciate it. Lostboys_love@yahoo.com Thanks so much!

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  38. Hi Betsy! It's been a while since I last visited your blog. I surely missed a lot. I'm backreading and enjoying my quiet time with your blog. :) You now have a new source of creative outlet, stamping and monogramming. I love it!

    Wishing you a great week ahead Betsy!

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  39. I would totally buy the key necklace with the "shift" key embedded! Please consider making one to put on ETSY!

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