Beading Inspirations: Vintage Costume Jewelry

I'm always looking for beading inspirations.  Sometimes my muse goes into hiding and I have to search to get it to appear again.

Lately, I've been looking through a lot of my old beading magazines, going back to 2003.  I see how the styles have changed, yet also remained the same.  It really is amazing.

Well, I got some inspiration, like trying some spiral ropes, and of course the ever-present coraling bracelet.  But what else was out there?

Well, I found more beading inspiration on ebay, but not from the expected sources.  I was in the jewelry section, but not in the usual section.  Instead, I went to the vintage jewelry area!

My eyes were dazzled by the look of some of the pieces.  Vintage costume jewelry brooches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces -- all had amazing examples!  And when I looked closer, I realized that many of the pieces could be replicated with today's beading techniques.  Well, if not really replicated, then serve as a jumping off spot for additional ideas.

Anyway, I'd like to share with you a few of the wonderful items I found.  You can see a [nmslink: signed weiss,larger selection here], but below are a few pieces of eye candy, to get your juices flowing.

Get inspired!

Signed WEISS Turtle Pin Crystal Rhinestone Brooch
Signed WEISS Turtle Pin Crystal Rhinestone Brooch
$13.00
Time Remaining: 4h 42m
Signed WEISS FLOWER SPRAY BROOCH PIN Ruby Red Rhinestone Gold Tone
Signed WEISS FLOWER SPRAY BROOCH PIN Ruby Red Rhinestone Gold Tone
$12.05 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7h 27m
Beautiful Vintage Signed WEISS Rhinestone Pins One Round and One Teardrop
Beautiful Vintage Signed WEISS Rhinestone Pins One Round and One Teardrop
$9.95
Time Remaining: 1d 10h 41m
Vintage Signed Weiss Rhinesrone Silver Snowflake Costume Brooch
Vintage Signed Weiss Rhinesrone Silver Snowflake Costume Brooch
$9.99
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 47m
VINTAGE WEISS SIGNED 3 D BROOCH PIN TOPAZ RHINESTONES SPECTACULAR
VINTAGE WEISS SIGNED 3 D BROOCH PIN TOPAZ RHINESTONES SPECTACULAR
$21.50
Time Remaining: 23d 3h 6m
Buy It Now for only: $21.50

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