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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 Snowflake Brooch pin In Clear Glass On Metal
Vintage Signed Weiss Snowflake Brooch pin In Clear Glass On Metal
$18.00
Time Remaining: 20d 22h 15m
Buy It Now for only: $18.00
WEISS Signed Vintage Rhinestone Enamel Brooch Pin Rhinestones Green Frog Leaf
WEISS Signed Vintage Rhinestone Enamel Brooch Pin Rhinestones Green Frog Leaf
$22.99
Time Remaining: 27d 17h 39m
Buy It Now for only: $22.99
HUGE Signed Weiss Clear Rhinestone Dangle Brooch Silver Tone Pin
HUGE Signed Weiss Clear Rhinestone Dangle Brooch Silver Tone Pin
$9.98 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5d 3h 55m
Signed WEISS Vintage Brooch Pin Sapphire Blue Rhinestone Pearl Flower P10
Signed WEISS Vintage Brooch Pin Sapphire Blue Rhinestone Pearl Flower P10
$7.50 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7d 4h 23m
Signed WEISS Vtg Crystal Rhinestone Brooch Pin Autumn Brown Red Retro T22
Signed WEISS Vtg Crystal Rhinestone Brooch Pin Autumn Brown Red Retro T22
$11.50 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 6d 4h 18m

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