Sunday, February 3, 2013

Wearing the Past

Yesterday I was living in the past.
 Pulling out my authentic gem tintypes and using them in my jewelry. 
 It was tedious and it was very time consuming but at the end of the day, I smiled.
You see, I love to keep my supplies for a long long time before using them.
I know a lot of you do the same thing.
It isn't easy cutting an antique piece of anything, 
whether it be fabric, lace, paper or a tintype.
 Finding the right settings could take months.

My pieces are simple compared to most designs.
I personally like to wear several necklace pieces at the same time.
I like grouping my necklaces together. 
I created these to wear alone or grouped with other necklaces.
I really love the art deco findings I found and
 they are what inspired me to finally create these three necklaces.
Gem tintypes with rosy cheeked women.
They are my favorite tintypes, a bit of color in them.
Wearing the past.
I am no longer apprehensive to create with tintypes and jewelry.

Thanks for stopping by!
Hello to all my fabulous new followers!
xo Rhonda


Lululiz said...

Rhonda, they are absolutely gorgeous, each and every one of them. Dang, girl, you are good! :-) x

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks like they took a bit of time, Rhonda, but they are lovely! I do the same thing with supplies. I see things in the store that I'd love to use in some project but sometimes find it hard to do that. If it's a set of things, I try to talk myself into using "just one". Then I'm glad I did when I see the finished piece!

FleaingFrance Brocante Society said...

Beautiful creations Rhonda! I hope that you are having a relaxing Super Bowl Sunday.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Dear Rhonda,
you have me swooning over here.WOW.
Just stunning.Here I was trying to get you to solder but you are just doing great without it:)I was playing with my soldering iron today and created some pieces.
Have a lovely evening.

Alicia said...



morkaren said...

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debi said...

Rhonda, your jewelry pieces are stunning! The settings are perfect for your beautiful tintypes.

Dorthe said...

Dear Rhonda,
your necklaces are amazingly beautiful, and so special in their art deco style, and with the wonderful findings you did.
Gorgeous all 3 dear friend.

Di said...

I love these, I went to your Etsy but alas no necklaces! These are lovely and you did such a beautiful job. Di@Cottage-wishes...P.S. My daughter loved her compact that I got off your Etsy.

butterfly said...

How exquisite!
Alison x

Christine Wallace said...

These are super SWEET Rhonda! And I know what you mean about cutting up old pieces from the past. Sometimes it is a really hard thing to stomach, but the end result is so FABULOUS! (and not to mention, wearable again :~)
Oh, and thank you for those sweet words you left for me yesterday, they touched my heart so deeply, and I sincerely thank you for that!


Beautiful necklaces ! I love your blog, you have a lot of talent : sensibility and refinement.

suziqu's thread works said...

Rhonda these turned out perfectly!
They look totally gorgeous - all 3 of them and yes we all know about creating with our special peices but you have chosen perfect images for each setting and that takes patience in getting it all just right.
Thanks for sharing these and I am sure they will look gorgeous worn altogether!

Pat C. said...

Oh, Rhonda, how liberating it must have been to use old pieces that you've been reluctant to "tamper" with... and just think how much more they will be enjoyed--as special components of unique and beautiful creations that will be dearly loved by their recipients!♥ xoxo

Jamie Cat Callan said...

These are so exquisite, Rhonda. They just make my heart race! xo

Createology said...

These are so unique and lovely. They do have the art deco and vintage look to them. Stunning. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

The Comfort of a Safe Place said...

These are so pretty and so romantic. I love them!!

Jan ♥

Petite Michelle Louise said...

wow....i have some major catching up to do around here! these are beyond stunning!~ breathtakingly gorgeous to be exact! i hope you are keeping these pretties for yourself? however could you part with them??? will chat soon via an email mon amie! the launch of the exhibit was a huge success and now i have my free time back! i've missed you! ;)

Mom E. said...

Beautiful, Rhonda! I love everything you make!
My courage is I will be making more things....!!!
hearts to you!

UPON A HILL said...

Very Sweet pieces!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

They are divine Rhonda!!
You've been very brave using these special pieces - but WOW wasn't it worth it!!!
I can just tell how happy you're feeling - isn't it GREAT!

LOVe you dear friend and I'm doing a little happy dance - wish you could see!!!
Shane ♥

Jemma said...

Lovely, exquisite, charming, and treasures!

MommyDearest said...

Absolutely beautiful!! I am like you, hard to cut up and create something from old treasures!! My favorite one is the second one , but I do love the one of the lady with the rosy cheeks! My son in law is a part time photographer and prefers doing his images old school, makes tin type photos etc. No photoshop or digital help! He has just opened a shop on Etsy. I love all that you do and an imagine if I were ever to arrive in your studio I would feel like Alice in Wonderland!! XOXO
Connie in Omaha

June Macfarlane said...

Incredibly beautiful vintage creation. This is just beautiful and inspiring.
I just began rebuilding Dezinaworld and its so good to be back :) Now i had best add myself to follow you again. Please pop by and see my new Dezina blog if you get chance too
hugs June x

Belladonna said...

They are so meaninful and unique. I love them all!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Your jewelry pieces turned out gorgeous, dear Rhonda! I love all three.
Have a wonderful Sunday!

Barbara Jean said...

gorgeous, over and over!!