Wednesday, January 28, 2015

52 Weeks of Bronze Pendants - Week 2

We are starting something new with this weeks post... I have decided to debut all these new bronze designs in a very "small batch" to see the response to the new designs. The featured jewelry designs will have a link where you can purchase them each week. They will only be available in "small batches" for now and when they sell out, they sell out. I will gauge the response on the sales and will determine which pieces to add to my collection for the shop and for upcoming shows.

January 27th, 2015:
At first I thought the antique button I used for this pendant was a "Lacy" glass button, but, after reading up on "Lacy" glass I have decided that it isn't. I do believe the fine, detailed pattern would be classified as a "Lacy" pattern but to be a true "Lacy" the button would need to be clear or transparent glass and it would also need to be painted from the back.
"Lacy" buttons are some of my favorite. The detailed patterns featured on these tiny pieces of art is swoonworthy! I might also be a little bit obsessed with Czech glass-- or all glass for that matter. See more on "Lacy" buttons below!
If you are interested in purchasing a pair of these earrings you can find them on my website.

Glass button used to make the mold for the bronze pendants.

More info on these wonderful glass buttons. 
All information was found on 

"The Age of Lacy Glass Buttons 1860-1910"
  Lacy Glass buttons were mainly made in Austria and Bohemia (now Czechoslovakia), which were the leading European glass manufacturing centre until World War II, some were also made in France and southern Germany. Lacy Glass buttons are named after the fine stippled pressed glass that you have just heard about. The difference is that Lacy Glass buttons are extremely delicate and finely detailed, relatively flat and mostly made of clear glass, - small part were made of transparent collared glass: blue, red, soft pink, amethyst, yellow, amber and green. Today many moulded glass buttons are called Lacy Glass, but to be a true Lacy Glass button, it must have 2 - 3 layers of paint applied to the back, which is quite smooth. First but not always - paint applied in matching design to the back, then a layer of metallic or non-metallic paint often silver grey, and as protection - a coat of black paint (gold and silver are also seen). Some buttons have additional lustre or iridescent coating.
  Though the technique of making pressed Lacy Glass in metal moulds was developed in America in the 1820’s, buttons were not made there at that time.
Lacy Glass buttons should be defined in terms of construction rather than surface pattern, since Lacy patterns were used on other glass buttons, which are not classed as Lacy Glass. What distinguishes Lacy buttons from others with similar patterns is the paint applied to the back, which is to be seen through the clear or transparent glass. Unfortunately, many Lacy Glass buttons have lost their paint, either the paint has become fragile with age and is often flaked or zealous collectors in the early days were eager to ascribe them to the Sandwich glass works. Therefore they are far more valuable now with the original paint - even in fair condition.
They were made in 3 sizes, - medium being the most rare.
Small ca. 1,4 cm,  Medium 2,2 - 2,7,  Large ca. 3,1"

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

52 Weeks of Bronze Pendants - Week 1

  52 Weeks of Bronze Pendants is a way for me to showcase the pendants I am making from my (and my Grandmothers) antique button collection. Of course I am still learning, I am not an expert by any means, but I have learned a lot from my Grandmother. All of my dating and identification is my opinion. If you are a collector and want to leave your feedback or correct me on anything please leave a comment. I am a bit behind but the goal is to post a new pendant design each week. And if I am really on top of things, I will post the jewelry design to go with it. Hope you enjoy!

  January 20th, 2015:  I think this button is a Division I which means it is from before 1918. I've always had a thing for rabbits. I used to collect rabbits of all sorts as a child. I had pet rabbits, stuffed animal rabbits, little ceramic antique rabbit figurines. It was a childhood thing and at some point as a teenager I cleared it all out of my life, or at least most of it. But now as an adult I have a soft spot in my heart for these cute little critters! Find this design soon, in my online shop and at upcoming shows.

  *Here is a quick introduction to buttons... Not the best article out there but a condensed run down of antique buttons. Of course there is so much more to collecting and loving these small pieces of work. If you would like to learn more in depth you might visit the National Button Societies website.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Atlanta Recap and the Begining of 2015

  I just returned from AmericasMart Gift Show in Atlanta. This was my second time exhibiting at this show (my first was back in July).
  I departed Little Rock on Wednesday morning on the direct Delta flight around 6:30. I finally made it to my booth in Building 3 around 10 a.m. Immediately unpacked the palette I shipped and started painting my back wall so it would dry in time to decorate before I left the building for the night. I spent around 9 hours setting up on my first day and decided that had to be enough. I needed rest.
  These shows aren't for just anyone. I was quickly reminded what an emotional roller coaster they are as soon as the first buyers hit our section on Thursday morning. It's easy to put yourself out there in front of the buyer but it isn't always easy to accept the rejection (in a nice way) and crazy faces people make when they walk by your booth and look you up and down. My product isn't going to be a good fit for everyone and that is completely fine, I just had to keep reminding myself that I have a great product and the right buyer WILL come by. And they did, I had a very successful show, I picked up several new accounts in several new states and couldn't be more excited. Now to get to work on these orders -- after I take a day or two off.
  Atlanta was a great trip, I am completely exhausted but came home on a very high note and in a a very good mood. I made a lot of new business contacts, networked with fellow vendors and even some of my suppliers, reconnected with old friends from market and made new friends. Even though those 6 days were completely exhausting, I came home completely refreshed and ready to kick some major ass in 2015! I am already behind on my goal setting, planning, research & development, and my new project 52 weeks of bronze pendants... but I am going to catch up! So please follow the blog, facebook, and instagram to keep up! 

P.S. Check out these amazing chocolates from Cocoa Rouge that we will have in the shop in a few weeks! I will be putting together a jewelry/chocolate/Valentines Day card package soon! <3

Overall Booth Design.
Spring 2015 Fashion Collection
More Booth Shots
My friend and fellow designer, Megna. I am bringing her beautiful hand made creations to Little Rock! Find them in my shop in early April.
What I wore... finally made a necklace out of the brooch my Grandma gifted me at Xmas. It turned out lovely.
New Anthro dress, slicked back pony, and the loveable "love knot" necklace. (not pictured my new favorite pair of heels from Good Things Boutique).
Took an evening off to hang with some friends. We ended up at the top of the Hyatt. Such a freaking cool building. I could have stared at this view for hours and from every angle. The architect is John Portman.