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!

Vintage Signed Weiss Rhinestone Christmas Tree Pin w 3 Candles
Vintage Signed Weiss Rhinestone Christmas Tree Pin w 3 Candles
$1.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4d 14h 48m
Vtg Signed Weiss Rhinestone Waterfall Clip On Silver Finish Earrings
Vtg Signed Weiss Rhinestone Waterfall Clip On Silver Finish Earrings
$12.50
Time Remaining: 29d 13h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $12.50
Signed WEISS Vintage Brooch Pin Flower Snowflake Tier Crystal Rhinestone V157
Signed WEISS Vintage Brooch Pin Flower Snowflake Tier Crystal Rhinestone V157
$25.05 (27 Bids)
Time Remaining: 6d 14h 24m
Signed Weiss Aurora Borealis and Pink Rhinestone Bracelet 7
Signed Weiss Aurora Borealis and Pink Rhinestone Bracelet 7
$34.99
Time Remaining: 12d 4h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $34.99
Vintage Estate Signed Weiss Flower Brooch
Vintage Estate Signed Weiss Flower Brooch
$9.50 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 16h 12m

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