14 Mar Victorian hand pendants taking shape
Hi friends, you might have received a strange email alert telling you I posted something in my blog about reproductions. Ignore it please. It was an incomplete blog post that I accidentally sent, rather than saving as a draft. That will come out soon.
Meanwhile, I’d like to share some pieces I made over the weekend that use some of the reproduction elements I have been developing lately. To see a more detailed listing of each piece just click on the photo and a new window will pop up.
This little darling is a bracelet made using one of my Victorian ladies’ hand pendants. The pendants was adapted to become a double link bracelet centrepiece. I achieved this by soldering the rings to each end – they are very firm and not going anywhere. I also made the bracelet chain by hand, using sterling silver wire to make closed links, so again, the bracelet is secure and strong. I love this way to use the hand piece, and am wearing mine today. I make these to order to any length of chain you require.
Also, a little bit of finger adornment. This ring features a pattern taken from a very old button which I have had for years. I had only ever used this pattern in necklaces but now with my improved soldering skills, I can make it into a ring. The ring band is pretty patterned wire that is shaped to size then soldered onto the focal piece. I think this focal piece would make great earrings as well – that’s next on the list!
I love this classy looking gal. She’s a former rare French Art Nouveau button that I had cast, and like the above cherubs, had only ever made her into a necklace charm. But she works really well as a bracelet charm as well. The detail in this piece is phenomenal. I can work with her in a number of different ways for a bracelet, and like the hand design above, the chain is entirely handmade by me.
I’m not just using my reproduction pieces as standalone designs. The above necklace features a bronze hand worked into a one-of-a-kind assemblage necklace. The stunning star/flower round piece is actually an antique brooch. I love love love the rhinestone bead in the middle as well – it’s a mid-century Czech bead and quite hard to come by.
What do you think of this little charmer? The bracelet chain is made from teeny tiny swan S links that I have joined with soldered rings. The centrepiece is another former button (you can see I really appreciate the artistry of antique button makers) – this time a rare design by Armand Bargas that celebrates Twilight, known in France as ‘Crepsucule’. So long before Bella and Christian entered out orbits, the French were celebrating this magical time of day in a series of button designs dedicated to natural elements and phenomena.
And to continue the theme of ‘all things swan’ – this link bracelet is made using a larger swan link than the one above. These swans are very ornate and both the swan pieces that I use come from circa 1810 cloak clasps that I own and have had reproduced.
So there it is for now…I like how these pieces have come up. I am also flexible to make a custom design according to your needs. You might prefer a necklace of swan links and a hand focal piece, or a handmade chain necklace with a Crepsucule pendant. If you are inspired to develop a custom creation, please get in touch and I will work out something for you. EMAIL ME.