New job, and a making frenzy

I start a new job next week. It’s been nearly a year off since I finished my last job. I’ve enjoyed my time not working but despite not having to go into an office every day, I’ve been very busy with designing and studying. I will be inching closer to my dream vocation with a new job as a copywriter and production coordinator for an adventure travel company. I think I will enjoy researching and writing about all manner of adventure travel-related topics. And my new job is close enough to home that I just might be able to ride a bike to work most days.

Tomorrow I have a stall at an annual vintage market in Ballarat. I loved the market last year and have looked forward to returning. To stock up for the market I have been in a bit of a making frenzy these past few days. I’ve neglected my antique assemblage designing lately and rounded up a nice collection of treasures to create a few new designs for tomorrow.

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I really love how this green and gold tassel necklace, below, finished up. It’s a divine colour combination and has a real ‘flapper’ feel about it. The centrepiece is an original art nouveau coat buckle – I wish I had the other half so I could use it in another design. The tassel is an antique bullion tassel – made from bullion, or gold metal, thread. The gold works so well with the vintage light pistachio green beads.

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The sweet salamander pendant below comes from France and dates to the early part of the 20th century. The salamander was a symbol for one of the old kings of Brittany, and became popular again in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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I had great fun making the necklace below. The focal piece is a very old cut steel shoe buckle. I suspect it dates to the early part of the 19th century and is wonderfully handmade. I complemented the cut steel in the design with antique cut steel beads, and added some punch and colour with red and blue chalcedony.

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Lastly for tonight I want to show you a lovely necklace made with two special sentimental pieces. One is a French marriage medal dating to 1873, and the other is a little sweetheart token in the shape of a heart. Both pieces have the initials of the beloveds engraved into them. Very special and precious. The back of the medal is shown below, and the last photo shows the front.

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