Who Can Resist Electronic Resisters?!

by mary August 30, 2016

About a month or so ago, my husband Steve & I stopped at Found Things in its new location in downtown Des Moines.  I always loved Found Things when it was in East Village, so was excited to check out Marsha's new digs on the west end of downtown Des Moines.

We found several fun things that I just had to take home, including this jar of colorful electronic resisters.  I didn't know for sure what I was going to do with them, but they were just too interesting to pass by!

Last week, I dumped out the jar & started playing around with them.  Here's what I've come up with so far . . .

First, I made this simple pair of earrings out of 2 matching resisters.  I loved how easy to wrap the little wires sticking out of them -- it was like they were made to be jewelry!

Next, I decided to try a bracelet . . .

For the bracelet, I alternated the little resisters with old tokens I had picked up at a flea market.  I just love how colorful the resisters are!

Finally, I made this necklace with 2 of the little bit larger resisters . . .

For the pendant, I used an old pinback button that I picked up at the What Cheer flea market last month.  As soon as I saw this pin at the flea market, I was attracted to its graphics -- especially the color & the "28" (for some reason, I really like numbers).  As I was looking through things to use for a pendant with the resisters, this pinback button seemed the perfect match!  For the necklace, I prong-set it in copper that I dipped in liver of sulfer to add patina.  The gemstone beads are black onyx.  For the chain, I used antique copper belcher chain.

I had such fun working with these resisters that I was tempted to see what else I could make, but decided instead to check out some of the lithograph tin that I got from my husband's cousin several months ago!

To see more of the fun stuff Marsha has at Found Things, check out the shop's website at http://foundthingsdsm.com, or its Facebook page.  To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com, or my Facebook page.

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Who Can Resist Electronic Resisters?!

by mary August 30, 2016

About a month or so ago, my husband Steve & I stopped at Found Things in its new location in downtown Des Moines.  I always loved Found Things when it was in East Village, so was excited to check out Marsha's new digs on the west end of downtown Des Moines.

We found several fun things that I just had to take home, including this jar of colorful electronic resisters.  I didn't know for sure what I was going to do with them, but they were just too interesting to pass by!

Last week, I dumped out the jar & started playing around with them.  Here's what I've come up with so far . . .

First, I made this simple pair of earrings out of 2 matching resisters.  I loved how easy to wrap the little wires sticking out of them -- it was like they were made to be jewelry!

Next, I decided to try a bracelet . . .

For the bracelet, I alternated the little resisters with old tokens I had picked up at a flea market.  I just love how colorful the resisters are!

Finally, I made this necklace with 2 of the little bit larger resisters . . .

For the pendant, I used an old pinback button that I picked up at the What Cheer flea market last month.  As soon as I saw this pin at the flea market, I was attracted to its graphics -- especially the color & the "28" (for some reason, I really like numbers).  As I was looking through things to use for a pendant with the resisters, this pinback button seemed the perfect match!  For the necklace, I prong-set it in copper that I dipped in liver of sulfer to add patina.  The gemstone beads are black onyx.  For the chain, I used antique copper belcher chain.

I had such fun working with these resisters that I was tempted to see what else I could make, but decided instead to check out some of the lithograph tin that I got from my husband's cousin several months ago!

To see more of the fun stuff Marsha has at Found Things, check out the shop's website at http://foundthingsdsm.com, or its Facebook page.  To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com, or my Facebook page.

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Who Can Resist Electronic Resisters?!

by mary August 30, 2016

About a month or so ago, my husband Steve & I stopped at Found Things in its new location in downtown Des Moines.  I always loved Found Things when it was in East Village, so was excited to check out Marsha's new digs on the west end of downtown Des Moines.

We found several fun things that I just had to take home, including this jar of colorful electronic resisters.  I didn't know for sure what I was going to do with them, but they were just too interesting to pass by!

Last week, I dumped out the jar & started playing around with them.  Here's what I've come up with so far . . .

First, I made this simple pair of earrings out of 2 matching resisters.  I loved how easy to wrap the little wires sticking out of them -- it was like they were made to be jewelry!

Next, I decided to try a bracelet . . .

For the bracelet, I alternated the little resisters with old tokens I had picked up at a flea market.  I just love how

colorful the resisters are!

Finally, I made this necklace with 2 of the little bit larger resisters . . .

For the pendant, I used an old pinback button that I picked up at the What Cheer flea market last month.  As soon as I saw this pin at the flea market, I was attracted to its graphics -- especially the color & the "28" (for some reason, I really like numbers).  As I was looking through things to use for a pendant with the resisters, this pinback button seemed the perfect match!  For the necklace, I prong-set it in copper that I dipped in liver of sulfer to add patina.  The gemstone beads are black onyx.  For the chain, I used antique copper belcher chain.

I had such fun working with these resisters that I was tempted to see what else I could make, but decided instead

to check out some of the lithograph tin that I got from my husband's cousin several months ago!

To see more of the fun stuff Marsha has at Found Things, check out the shop's website at http://foundthingsdsm.com, or its Facebook page.  To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com, or my Facebook page.

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August 5, 2016 What Cheer Flea Market Finds

by mary August 14, 2016

On Friday, August 5, my husband & I attended the summer What Cheer Flea Market.  Although he didn't find anything, I felt like I hit the jackpot!

I found quite a few things for jewelry-making -- including several interesting charms (I especially like the AC donkey charm from the World's Fair & a little Minnie Mouse heart-shaped locket), as well as watch fob & other chain.

I also found more vintage pin-back buttons & bottle caps . . .

I looked on-line, & I believe the "V for Victory" button comes from World War II. 

I also found this fun lithographed tin container.

I loved the graphics & plan to cut out some of the images to use for pendants.  Here's the other side of the container.

And I found another vintage soda pop bottle.  I love the name "Jic Jac"!  I looked it up on-line & it looks like it was produced from 1953 - 1977.

I'll hang one of my vintage soda bottle top necklaces on it at one of my next shows.

I also found a few vintage holiday items for my own collections, including this paper mache turkey.

And these Halloween postcards (reproductions, I think, but they'll still display nicely) & this Halloween beer can from 1982.

And, lastly, I picked up these vintage Beatles & Monkees cards from the 1960s.

I don't know what I'll do with them really, but the Beatles cards brought back so many memories (I can still remember watching them perform for the first time on the Ed Sullivan show), I couldn't resist them!

Now I can't wait to start making jewelry out of some of my great finds!

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June Fairgrounds Flea Market Finds

by mary June 22, 2016

Saturday June 18 was the monthly Fairgrounds Flea Market.  I haven't found much at the last few flea markets there, but this time, I felt like I hit the jackpot!

The first thing I found were these old-cork filled pop bottle caps.

Here's an example of a necklace I made earlier this year from a bottle cap.

I'm thinking about trying to make a pair of earrings with a couple of the bottle caps, since I have pairs now that match.

I also picked up a nice piece of chain & 2 Cracker Jack/gumball celluloid cat charms.

I was especially pleased to find the cat charms, as cat charms are very hard to find -- much harder than dog charms for some reason.

The "piece de resistance", though, was this amazing piece (actually 4 large pieces) of barkcloth!

I absolutely love the flower pattern on this barkcloth & plan to use this to cover my tables at the next jewelry show I do -- at the Waukee Art Festival in July.

I was especially pleased with what I found since we weren't able to go to the Walnut Antique Show the day before. 

That's all for today -- thanks for reading, & to see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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May 2016 What Cheer Flea Market

by mary May 18, 2016

May 6 began a new season of What Cheer Flea Markets -- and what a great beginning!  The weather was perfect & it was the biggest flea market yet at the What Cheer county fairgrounds -- not a single space as empty!

We had a great time checking out all the dealers, & I found a number of fun things to use in jewelry making &/or display!  Poor Steve didn't find anything for himself, but did spot several things for me!

One of the things Steve spotted for me were these vintage soda pop bottle tops -- the kind that were lined with cork. 

As you can see, we also found 4 vintage pinback buttons -- 3 from WWI & 1 from the 1950s; plus a broken vintage Paris souvenir bracelet & a couple of rough cut gemstones.  One of the buttons was for Victory Boys, which was used to raise funds during WW!.  Earlier, I'd found a Victory Girls pin-back button that I made into a pendant by setting it in a bezel.

I hope to do something similar with my "new" pinback buttons. 

Laat week, I made a French-themed charm bracelet using one of the links from the Paris bracelet, as well as links from 2 other souvenir bracelets & an Eiffel tower charms that I'd collected over the years.

And, yesterday, I finished a necklace using one of the soda pop bottle tops, that I prong-set in copper.

I looked up Nehi lemonade soda on-line, & found that Nehi soda fruit flavors date back to 1924 until about 1955, when the company changed its name.  Some may remember Nehi from Mash, where Nehi grape was Radar O'Reilly's favorite drink.

I also picked up this lithograph metal tray that I hope to use to make jewelry -- I plan to cut discs out of it that I can use in necklaces & earrings.  They had blue & white trays as well, but I'm sort of partial to red!

Finally, I found 2 things for displaying jewelry.  We found 2 plastic "things" at one of the $1 an item "booths".

 

Steve spotted them & came up with the idea that they could hold up to 3 postcards each that I could use as a backdrop for earrings.

I found the next item . . .

She was a little more expensive, but I loved her from the moment I saw her.  She's about 2/3 to 3/4 lifesize, but will make a great model for jewelry.  I debated about getting her, but knew if I didn't, I'd regret it!  And, something I didn't realize until we got home was that she had holes in her ears for earrings!  Then I knew I made the right decision.  Here she is modeling earrings.

We were pretty exhausted when we got home from all the walking in the sun, but it was a good exhaustion from a great day flea-marketing!

To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

Thanks for reading, & have a great day!

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Treasure Hunting at the Fairgrounds Flea Market - September 5, 2015

by mary September 5, 2015

Finally, the monthly flea market at the Fairgrounds is back!  (They don't have one in July because of the Good Guys car show & in August because of the State Fair, although it seems like even longer since we were able to go to one!)

Although quite a few of the dealers we like to check out weren't there this month, I did find a few fun treasures, including these little celluloid charms . . .

I'd never even seen the skeleton or the bat charms before!  For some strange reason, I only bought the skeleton & one of the bats at first -- then, when we got home, I regretted not getting the other bat & the cat.  Steve was really sweet & went back to the market after lunch & picked up 2 bats (I hadn't seen one of them) & the cat!  After he got back, I made this fun Halloween charm necklace, with 3 of the charms, a couple of bone beads & vintage chain!

I also picked up this cute prayer box charm.

I've only found one of these before -- at a garage sale.

And I found this really cool "traveling needle case" that was made in Occupied Japan . . .

I bought it for the graphics -- thought it would make a great background for photographing jewelry -- especially pieces with a travel or "souvenir" theme!

And, finally, I picked up a box of vintage hats -- including a cloche from the 1920's -- from a dealer who is a dear friend who had set them aside for me!

So, while some of our favorite dealers weren't at the market, it turned out to be a good day for treasure hunting for me!

As always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!  And, to see more of my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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Treasrue Hunting In Boise, Idaho

by mary August 30, 2015

A week or so ago, I spent 4 1/2 days in Boise, Idaho with my mother-in-law (MIL) visiting her 90-year old sister & niece.  While there, we did some power-shopping, including checking out an antique mall & a vintage clothing store.

I picked up a fun 60's drop-waist dress & 3 tops from the 40s & 50s, plus these fun pieces for jewelry-making -- including an old hotel key fob, 2 cow tags (the numbers 6 & 181), & several broken bakelite pieces.

So far, I've made a necklace from the hotel key fob & an old key I had . . .

and another necklace out of one of the cow tags & some bakelite game chips I'd found awhile ago at an antique mall here in Des Moines . . .

and I've got a design going for the green bakelite piece on the right!

I also picked up some vintage jewelry from a friend of my MIL, who was cleaning out the estate of a family member . . .

Yesterday, I made a necklace from the hand-painted glass cameo in the upper right (it's "c-clasp" was broken). I wire-wrapped the cameo with copper & sterling silver, & added vintage chain, chalcedony & amethyst beads.

I'm really intrigued by the paper-clip pin in the lower right & eager to try designing something out of it as well.

To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.  And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses.

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Treasure Hunting in Wisconsin 2015 - Part 2

by mary August 24, 2015

2During July, I spent 12 days traveling in Wisconsin visiting family & friends.  I spent the first few days in the Menomonee Falls Area.  Next, I drove up to Kewaunee to see my good friend, Pam.  On the way, I stopped at the J & J Antique Mall just outside Manitowoc.

There I found several fun things, including this set of vintage plastic dominoes.

Here's a necklace I made recently with 3 of the dominoes!  I also used vintage chain & black beads.

I also found this fun set of tins.

I haven't made anything out of the tins yet, but I've got lots of idea I'm looking to try.

Finally, I found these fun little colorful plastic & wood beads.

And here's a necklace & pair of earrings I made from them.

I love stopping at the J & J Antique Mall because it's just off I-43 on my way to Pam's, and I pretty much always find a thing or two there -- sometimes for me to keep (like the hatbox from Milwaukee that I found one year), sometimes for me to give to Steve (like the slot cars I've found there), & sometimes for me to use in jewelry-making.  This time, I hit the jackpot in terms of finding things to use in jewelry!

That's it for Part 2 of this year's Wisconsin trip.  To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.  And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

 

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2015 Iowa State Fair

by mary August 17, 2015

On Friday, August 14, Steve & I went to the Iowa State Fair for the first time in at least 5 years.  The Iowa State Fair is supposed to be one of the best in the country.  I've only gone to one other state fair (Wisconsin) & the last time I did that was over 40 years ago!

We like to go first thing in the morning when the buildings aren't even open yet & the fair is just "waking up".  In the past, we usually spent most of our time in the animal barns & walking through every building.  This year, though, we decided to skip all the crowds in the buildings & mainly spend our day walking around outside & stopping at various places to listen to the free entertainment & people watch. 

One of the buildings we did spend time in was Pioneer Hall, which is where they display antiques & have artisans demonstrating crafts from the past, like caning, basket-making & printing.  They also have country & blue grass musicians perform pretty much all day.

We really enjoyed our time there.  They also have a few antique vendors in Pioneer Hall, & I was pleasantly surprised to find something I thought I could make jewelry out of -- a small bag of what almost look like tiddliwinks to me.

Yesterday, I made a fun pair of earrings out of some of them . . .

The other things we enjoyed was walking around the midway looking at all the colorful rides & games.  We have an HO model of a carnival at home & we came away with lots of ideas for rides & booths to add. 

It's always fun to see the latest in stuffed toys you can win -- this year, it's minions! We won't be adding minions to our model carnival, however, as it's set up more to look like 1940s - 1960s.  We would like to think of a way, though, to add some tiny stuffed toys to the game booths.

We'd like to add more kiddie rides & we thought this one would be really fun!

Two of the rides we liked the most were these 2 spooky ones.  We have a haunted house ride & got lots of ideas for how to embellish it from these -- like adding cobwebs & tombstones!

By mid-afternoon, we were worn out & heading for home after a fun day at the fair!

 

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Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry

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