Wednesday, November 5, 2008

FROZEN CHARLOTTES, JEWELRY,VINTAGE FINDS










FLEA MARKET FINDS: Cool tin types...real tin! Blue steel head pins with black glass heads...if you look just right into the light the steel reflects a midnight blue tint. Rhinestone jewels, vintage valentines, old ledgers with recipes in English and German! OMG such finds. Karen and I go to our monthly flea market and have a hand full of merchants that we just love. Karen found two vintage ledgers for $5!!!! She was gracious enough to let me buy one and she kept one.

WHATS ON MY JEWELRY BENCH: Oh I just love those frozen charlottes and old medicine and perfume viles!!! When I put a sample together for my Soldered glass charm Treasure Necklace class I wanted to incorporate different types of charms. I had an old medicine bottle with no lid so I took an old snuff spoon that fit perfectly as a lid, added glitter and a phrase and soldered it to the top. Now I am reeling with other ideas to incorporate tiny ephemera into these bottles of time. Frozen charlottes are a perfect addition. One of my students traded me a frozen charlotte with no hands or legs for some of my Afghani metal. She is now "safe" inside one of these time capsules. I felt she needed a tiara, but how? Figured that out too: using 26g wire and silver glass glitter and rhinestones I twisted a tiny tiara to fit perfectly on her head. Mind you that her head is only 1/4 inch in circumference at the most! She is no bigger than a match! The first frozen charlotte I ever came across was at the flea market all by itself in a box of other treasures. This was before I knew they were popular. I went nuts and have been looking for more ever since. Ebay has two vendors from Germany that put out thousands at a time every couple months but they are so expensive that I get out bid.

So...these tiny time capsules will eventually be made into jewelry and placed in my etsy store. I am taking special orders for any of the soldered glass pieces, so let me know your thoughts...I love hearing from y'all. In fact I CRAVE it!!! CLICK ON THE IMAGES FOR A CLOSE UP!
Enjoy!

P.S Click here to see what classes Gilding the Lily has to offer. Along with all the cool classes she is promoting, my Pretty Punched Portfolio class is Nov.15 and I think there are two spots left. I am teaching how to make the portfolio that is my blog banner. I will also be teaching a beg. jewelry making class Dec.6 called Ritual Adornment..repurposing jewelry into new wearable art.

13 comments:

Tina said...

Love your frozen charo in the bottle!! looks super fabUlous~

TattingChic said...

Very cool photos!

Recycled Rita said...

Fun Eye candy Robbie! I love it all! You know I love the necklace, we will find more tiny bottles and dolls and you will be on a roll!.... xoxo karen....

Heather said...

wow! eye candy indeed! You make the most gorgeous things, and what great flea market finds!~

Donna O'Brien said...

Very fun- and those Halloween pics are hysterical!
D.

Brenda Seaholm-Wampler said...

I am amazed! Just beautiful! You are so inspiring! I must get myself in gear and play!
Also, wanted to thank you for all your comments on my blog. I haven't been getting the emails for the comments for some reason, very annoying. So, thank you for taking the time and saying such sweet things.

Steph said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh eye candies! Lovely!
You've been tagged ... more on my blog!

Karen Cole said...

Well, you are one busy girl.
So many interests and talents. I am in awe.
Love your charms and flea market finds!
Love your banner art!!
Thanks for your lovely comments. Truly appreciated.

Stephani Gorman said...

Hi Robin, Thank-you for stopping by , I would be happy to help with your layout on blog if I can. What beautiful photos you have. Ilove what you are doing with the bottles! ~ I Started with Microsoft Digital Image Editor,which gave me step by step instructions and grab pics from my own artwork. Then I shopped on www.godigitalscrapbooking.com ,I then added some paint,frames,etc.from the image editor.* Be sure and save everytime you make a new step you are happy with! I lost it all more than once!!! Let me know If I made any sence. Hugs, Stephani

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

LOVE ! J'ADORE! Heart sigh.

Cathy said...

Hi Robin,

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a lovely comment.

Would you let me know when you post the pics of your Marie Antoinette holiday pictures. I think that is the most amazing idea. I really would love to see it.

xo Cathy

Andrea said...

What great flea market finds. Your frozen charlotte pendant is just gorgeous!

Kathy said...

Love what you did with "Charlotte" I had so much fun in your class.
I'll let you know when I find more dollies....I found one perfect one at the antique doll show for only $10...