Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Something New in the Studio

The Salvaged purse that sparked the idea for the project
 I am an avid salvage shopper.

Basketweave pattern will make
 a fabulous cuff.
 Anyone that reads the blog knows how  frequently I haunt garage sales, flea markets, thrift stores,salvage yards and antique stores looking for little bits of the past that can be incorporated into jewelry designs.  It is a pleasurable ongoing treasure hunt.

I have been collecting leather goods for a while now. The attraction started with the find of a hand tooled leather purse.
 It reminded me of ones that my father made when he was in the US Navy.

salvaged leather belts

Belts are also a great source for nice leather patterns and I have even found thin flexible scraps of leather in several colors.
Santa was very good to me this year, gifting a multi size leather punch and an assortment of eyelets and rivets along with the setter to use both.

Leather cuffs are in the future of The FamiLee Jewels.
I am currently working on Steampunk themed Victorian Industrial elements to embellish them.

I will have photos of the finished product to share on the weekend. Until then take a look at these amazing finds that are providing raw material for the project.

New Leather Punch



    That looks exciting. I can't wait to see what you come up with. I also have junk envy.

  2. I am such a junker Andrea. I love collecting the stuff and figuring out what to do with it.

  3. We should probably never hang out. The universe would warp. And then we'd play with glue.