I did a little antiquing the past few days and here are some things that I found.
Hematite and glass beaded necklaces for re-purposing, a stone pendant of some kind, and some great filigree brass leaf earrings. I will take the leaves off the earrings and oxidize them for use in other projects.
Some good quality vintage "filler Bracelets". I might put these up for sale in my Etsy Teapots & Telephones shop. I'm not sure yet.
This is a very old and very small book (only 4 inches tall) called "The Russian Boy". It has the cutest illustrations throughout. I'd rather not take it apart for ephemera packs. What I think I'll do is scan the illustrations at high resolution and post them here for you all to use as clip art.
Here is an old letter I found locally. Plus some random doodads from an online purchase that just came in the mail.
An old guide to seashells with pretty illustrations and some strung real seashells. I buy seashells that are already drilled when I find them, because, did you know that it is very dangerous to drill shells yourself? It produces some kind of toxic dust that you can die from. If you ever have to drill holes in shells, do it using a wet drill bit and a mask.
Here are some little treasures that were inside an unsuspecting baggie full of mixed buttons I purchased for $12. I think I got my money's worth with these. The long faceted glass ones will make nice toggle closures for necklaces or bracelets.
And this is the "piece de resistance". Hundreds of vintage, never used cigar band labels that say Perfection on them. I love these so much. I'm going to sell them in lots of 12 in my Etsy Teapots & Telephones shop. Soon. When I decide I am ready to part with them.
I am working on some jewelry designs that I hope to be able to show you very soon. Right now I am having some setbacks. I am trying a new technique of painting brass findings with enamel paints and it's not working the way I planned. Either I will find a solution, or I will scrap the idea and make some other things. Either way you'll be seeing some pieces from me soon, so stay tuned!