Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Button Post Earring Collection

The idea to transform little vintage buttons into earrings kept nagging me for quite some time, but taking a crack at it sure took even longer. The logistics of removing and sending down the shanks off of tiny buttons, which when held down between my fingers leave very little space to maneuver the Dremel sanding attachments, took a bit of brain burning. None of the sanding tools in home improvement stores or pliers seemed to be helpful, but I finally figured out the best way to prep the buttons.

To minimize the horrible glass dust cloud, which used to banish me to my back yard, I purchased a Plexiglass grind box. I wish it was a bit bigger since maneuvering the Dremel and the buttons needs some finessing, but I love the fact, that I was able to get rid of the dust mask and goggles. My fingers still get sanded, burned and poked with flying bits of glass, but the final effect is so worth it.

Some of the buttons I found are modern, made using the same old molds used even back in the 19th century. They are truly stunning, especially in the lovely shades of blue with golden yellow aurora borealis finish.

The vintage and antique buttons are my favorite, some near 100 years old. I get a bit nervous, when working with them, since not all of them survive the assault of modern day power tools...

This last pair of buttons is 80-90 years old. I love how the hand painted background makes the raised flower design pop.

To check out more of the button post earrings, visit my flickr page or my Bonanza shop

Sunday, August 7, 2011

I'm back!!

After two-year long hiatus, Jantar Handcrafted Jewelry is resuming a show schedule with first appearance at Broadway Festival on September 4th 20011 in Manhattan. My booth will be located between 10th St. and 11th St.

It has been a long time. Hopefully, difficult times are behind me and I really look forward to what the future holds for me.

My newly acquired Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts sales tax licenses are "burning in my pocket", so I will be participating in street fairs and craft shows there also.

I'm looking forward to reconnecting with my old craft show friends, I miss you guys! I apologize for dropping of the face of the planet, but looking back, I know, it was necessary. As they say, what does not break you, makes you stronger...

Lots of great things happened in my studio over the last few years. New designs came to life and I had to pack up my studio and move it into a new space on a very short notice. My new studio has more natural light and there will be no more risking frost bite during winter time;0)

I will be sharing my new designs little by little, so keep checking my blog for new posts.