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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!

2 Vintage Signed WEISS RHINESTONE PINS BROOCHES CLEAR DOMED GOLD BOREALIS
2 Vintage Signed WEISS RHINESTONE PINS BROOCHES CLEAR DOMED GOLD BOREALIS
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1h 23m
WEISS Vintage Designer Signed White Rhinestone Dimensional Brooch Pin
WEISS Vintage Designer Signed White Rhinestone Dimensional Brooch Pin
$24.99
Time Remaining: 6d 23h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99
SIGNED VINTAGE WEISS PINK SWIRLED GLASS CABOCHON GOLD TONE BRACELET
SIGNED VINTAGE WEISS PINK SWIRLED GLASS CABOCHON GOLD TONE BRACELET
$49.49
Time Remaining: 13d 13h 41m
Buy It Now for only: $49.49
VINTAGE SIGNED WEISS SPARKLY MARGARITA RHINESTONE PEACOCK BROOCH 2
VINTAGE SIGNED WEISS SPARKLY MARGARITA RHINESTONE PEACOCK BROOCH 2
$48.00
Time Remaining: 22d 15h 20m
Buy It Now for only: $48.00
Vintage Signed Weiss Daisy Flower Lady Bug Enamel Gold Tone Big Brooch Pin
Vintage Signed Weiss Daisy Flower Lady Bug Enamel Gold Tone Big Brooch Pin
$21.95
Time Remaining: 29d 18h 23m
Buy It Now for only: $21.95

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