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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!

signed Weiss gold butterfly brooch Peridot rhinestones
signed Weiss gold butterfly brooch Peridot rhinestones
$9.99
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Vintage Signed WEISS Figural CHRISTMAS TREE Rhinestone PIN Brooch Glass Jewels
Vintage Signed WEISS Figural CHRISTMAS TREE Rhinestone PIN Brooch Glass Jewels
$27.00
Time Remaining: 28d 16h 33m
Buy It Now for only: $27.00
Signed WEISS Vintage Strawberry Brooch Pin Crystal Rhinestone
Signed WEISS Vintage Strawberry Brooch Pin Crystal Rhinestone
$4.50
Time Remaining: 3d 22h 31m
Vintage Signed Weiss Clear Rhinestone Large Brooch
Vintage Signed Weiss Clear Rhinestone Large Brooch
$29.50
Time Remaining: 22d 23h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $29.50
Vintage signed Weiss Orange Jelly Belly Cat Brooch Awesome
Vintage signed Weiss Orange Jelly Belly Cat Brooch Awesome
$29.99
Time Remaining: 27d 15m
Buy It Now for only: $29.99

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