Lucketts – fresh vintage finds

by Cindy on March 20, 2014

 

Lucketts Store

I’ve been so excited to share pictures of a recent excursion to Lucketts, a destination I’ve blogged about many times before.  Life kinda got in the way, but here I am finally with photos to share.  Funny thing is it’s snowing again today… so please enjoy a few last pictures of the snow, and the beauty that is all around the Lucketts property.

Metal cage antique dress form

Vintage cameras

Vintage bowling pins

vintage croquet

antique hardware and hinges

Lucketts

Rusty horse statue at Lucketts

Painted buildings at Lucketts

VIntage lockers at Lucketts

vintage tabletop dress form

Found a dress form at Lucketts

Yes, we brought this vintage tabletop dress form home – simply couldn’t pass it up a second time.  My husband reminded me that I took a picture of it here at the last Luckett’s Spring Market…. I know there must be a reason I crossed paths with it twice.  Brings this  Hey Girl image to mind that I have pinned in my dress forms board on Pinterest… with permission from Colleen of Fresh Vintage.  Yes, I do have a dress forms in my garage and basement, not to mention the studio….

Hey Girl

Rusty architectural salvage

Lucketts Design House

Antique mirror

Oh!  Of course no trip to Leesburg would be complete without a stop at Mom’s Apple Pie, a sweet little bake shop (don’t let the size fool you – they have it ALL inside)….home of the perfect, buttery pie crust. :-)

Mom's Apple Pie, Leesburg VA

Thank you for joining me on our latest treasure-hunting excursion. Next up:  photos from the recent – AMAZING – artBLISS Boots & Bliss weekend! :-)

- Cindy xoxo

Cindy Wimmer

Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.  She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her first jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released in the Fall.

 

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Step by Step Wire April/May

by Cindy on March 17, 2014

 

Step by Step Wire 2014

Another issue of Step by Step Wire is available – have you seen it?  A friend on Instagram let me know when she received her contributor copy – and I was in for a surprise when I saw the cover.  I have a wire link necklace in this issue, and it’s rather special to me because it contains fun + whimsical lampwork beads by my long-time friend, Kerry Bogert.  I just knew these beads I hoarded for a few years would go to an extra special project!  Kerry has a tutorial in this issue as well…. Look for her half-chevron dangly earrings!   You’ll be sure to find a great variety of wire projects – check it out and let me know what you think! :-)

Step by Step Wire - Cindy Wimmer

Step by Step Wire Cindy Wimmer

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fun St. Patrick’s Day and week ahead.

- Cindy xoxo

 

 

Cindy Wimmer

Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.  She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her first jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released in the Fall.

 

 

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Vintage Jewelry Love

by Cindy on February 17, 2014

Vintage Jewelry blog post

Hello everyone

Thank you for stopping by today!

I suspect many of you have a thing for vintage jewelry, just like me.  I am always on the look out for tarnished treasures when I’m out antiquing.   Today I’m posting a round up of pretty pictures – pretty because they are full of the vintage bits and baubles and the sparkly things many of us like to collect.  I like to research my jewelry pieces when I can and I’m going to share some of it with you in this post.

A few links for learning more about vintage jewelry:

* A wealth of information and research on antique and costume jewelry (under Jewel Chat)

* Dating vintage jewelry and here

* A list of manufacturers and designers with dates.

* Manufacturers, time periods and styles

* Great tips on how to date vintage jewelry

 

Vintage necklace and bracelets - shabby chic

Here are a few flower bracelets and chokers, most likely from the 1950s – three are enameled and one has vintage Lucite flowers. Short necklaces and chokers were popular in this era as were matching sets (parurers).    Can you just picture the outfits that were once worn with these floral pieces?

Vintage enameled jewelry

 

I am so drawn to old velvet.   And satin.  Put them together and it makes an old jewelry box irresistible.  Some may see an empty, discarded box, but to me there is beauty not only in the box itself but also in the mystery of what it may have contained and for the occasion it was for…

This dark blue Felco box has a mother of pearl push-button.  The gold sticker is from the jewelry shop:  Milton E. Buch Jewelers, 21 North Sixth Street Reading.  I can’t find any information on this shop but just felt compelled to record it for posterity.  The box likely held a strand of pearls.

Antique velvet jewelry boxes

 

Felco Cultured Pearls

The very old rectangular watchcase/box on the left (above photo) is a special find.  It is from a NYC “watch and jewelry house” with an interesting history.  I did quite a bit of research online regarding the Benedict Bros who have a well-documented family tree.  The company was founded in Wall Street by their father, Samuel Benedict around 1821. Sons Ovington and Samuel carried on the business.

The satin and velvet box on the right (above picture) is from  J.M. Kreider Jewelers, Ephrata, PA.  I found this one while antiquing nearby in Adamstown.  Although this store closed around 1927 (and therefore I know this box is over 80+ years old), I was able to find a bit about its history thanks to the Cocalico Valley Historical Society.  The proprietor, J. Monroe Kreider, operated a jewelry store in Denver prior to opening his shop in Ephrata.  The PA store on 30 East Main St. was opened around 1907.  It’s amazing that I have driven down this street myself many times myself.

While gathering up blue jewelry boxes for this post, I had to include my favorite.  I couldn’t resist this sweet “BABY” ring and its original box when I found it back in 2011.  The ring came from Gale-Ford Jewelers (Granby St. Norfolk, VA).   By the hallmark inside the ring, I was able to identify the ring’s maker as Clark & Coombs – jewelry manufacturers in New England.  I found that the maker’s mark (c’s in a triangle flanking an ampersand) was used until 1915.

Researching this jewelry company’s past, I found a 1917 ad that advertised not only wristwatches, but swagger sticks as well.  It would make sense that being in a Navy town, this jeweler carried sticks that were once used by the military.  Are you familiar with them?  Not something you find in today’s jewelry store!

Gale-Ford Co. Inc. antique baby ring

Yellow gold, brass and bronze are popular today – and have been throughout different periods of time.   Here’s a selection of old brass chain and rhinestones – draped on top of one of my absolute favorite Victorian albums.

Vintage brass and rhinestone necklaces

And before I go, one last photo.  I’ve gathered a few of my latest vintage pieces that made their way home with me.  Pearls with rhinestone clasps are too pretty to pass up.  An empty watch face will be find new life in a future design.  A beautiful gold-filled Victorian braided bracelet with tassel.  Aurora Borealis rhinestone ear bobs.  Did you know – Swarovski developed the “AB” effect on cut crystal together with Christian Dior in 1956?  And the antique hand-held mirror….well, I’ll leave old mirrors for a future post. :)

Antique hand-held mirror with vintage pearls and rhinestones

For all of you vintage jewelry collectors, kindred spirits, thank you for stopping by!

- Cindy xoxo

Cindy Wimmer

Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.  She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her first jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released in the Fall.

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Winter Whites

by Cindy on January 28, 2014

Vintage mother of pearl

Hello!

Not too long ago I sat down to create my next project for Step by Step Wire magazine.  I had made twisted wire spirals that seemed to make the perfect back drop for something special.   I tried stitching a few vintage mother of pearl buttons on to the spirals with thin-gauge wire. The twisted wire around the edges created a nice border.  I was inspired to use some of those pretty mother of pearl buttons again that I had saved in a jar!  Why wait til the summer to enjoy a little white? We’ve certainly had our share of white this winter here on the East Coast!  Our snow days are all used and we’ll be borrowing from summer vacation days before long.

Do you collect mother of pearl buttons?  Any two-hole button will do. Gather up a few of your favorite buttons – ceramic, lampwork, vintage or new and create twisted wire + button pendants.  You can find this project in the February-March 2014 issue of Step by Step Wire.

 

Oxidized Wire Spirals by Cindy Wimmer

- Oxidized spirals before being polished and added to the tumbler -

 

 

Winter Whites by Cindy Wimmer

 

Winter Whites by Cindy Wimmer

 

Winter Whites by Cindy Wimmer

Thank you for visiting!

- Cindy xoxo

 

Cindy Wimmer, jewelry designer

Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.   She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her first wire jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released by Interweave Press.

 

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Boots & Bliss coming to artBLISS!

by Cindy on January 14, 2014

Deryn Mentock and Diane Cook - artBLISS 2014

Jeanette and I are excited to kick off the new year by offering a new artBLISS mini retreat.  We’re welcoming our two favorite Texans, Diane Cook and Deryn Mentock – designers who are known for their big hearts and big talent (they say everything is big in TX!).  The round-up will take place over two days in March – something fun to look forward to during these chilly winter days.

Here’s the lowdown:

March 22-23,  2014
Sterling, VA

 

Deryn’s workshops:  Eruption Fold Form Cuffs and Prairie Pearl Pod Pendant

Diane’s workshops:  Stix and Stones and Ruffled Poppies

 

Boots & Bliss at artBLISS

We’ll get together after class on Saturday for good old-fashioned socializing!  Relax with your friends old and new, as well as mingle with your instructors.  We’re thrilled that Deryn will be signing her book, The Jewelry Maker’s Design Book:  An Alchemy of Objects. There will be door prizes with extra chances to win if you wear your boots!

Boots & Bliss at artBLISS

 

For more information and to register, click here.

Diane made up a blog badge for us – please help us share the word about Boots & Bliss!

Boots & Bliss

 

 Come dressed for the West and join us for a stompin’ good time (just couldn’t resist the lingo!)!  :-)

- Cindy xoxo

Cindy Wimmer, jewelry designer

Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.   She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her first jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released this Fall.

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