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Vintage Letter Stamps and Carving Tools August 29, 2007

Filed under: antique,carving tools,print blocks,rubber stamps — Our Studio with olive m'lou @ 9:22 am

OK, this is a few days later than I had planned, but oh well! This last week of summer before the kids start school is crazy…

Here are some pics of the BOXES of OLD letter stamps that I purchased recently at an estate sale. Some of the sets are complete, and some are just missing a few letters. I think that they are so gorgeous, and I love thinking about how they were used. The family owned a portrait studio (I also have old glass negatives!) in Downtown Detroit in the ’30’s and ’40’s, plus another retail business. Whoever was into using these stamps accumulated a lot of them.

He or She was very interested in any kind of printing, as I also found 2 boxes full of woodblock-mounted metal stamps, some copper. Some were made from photos, others look like they were ads. I don’t think they had a newspaper, but who knows. The sale also had lots of hand-carved block-stamps, but they were a bit pricey for me. Worth every penny, I’m sure, as a dealer bought all of them at once, but too much for me. I think I’ve used my estate sale budget for the year on this sale!!

I put a light layer of babypowder on the blocked stamps, so you could see the images. They would be so gorgeous on display, or just think of all of the creative ways you could alter them!

Lastly, here’s beautiful set of antique carving tools. Most were made by Ezra Bowman and Co., Lancaster, PA, patented March 12, 1889. I haven’t decided if I’m going to try to clean them up or let whoever buys them give it a try. I haven’t carved any kind of block since college, but I couldn’t leave them!


Vintage and Retro Gumball Charms August 24, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Our Studio with olive m'lou @ 8:47 pm

I love old plastic gumball charms. I collect them, sort them, play with them, and even sometimes even make things with them. I recently acquired a huge bag of metallic-colored plastic gumball charms that I think are from the 60’s, but made from much older molds. I separated my favorites and made some necklaces, bracelets, and lots of earrings. The Buddha Baby necklace in my etsy store is my most viewed item. I have one that is similar that I wear, and I always get a lot of comments. Here are some earrings that I will list tomorrow after a good night’s sleep. (Maybe the photo glitches on Etsy will be fixed by then, too)

Little Altered Shadowbox Collage Pendants August 23, 2007

Filed under: altered art,collage,etsy,milagro,pendant,vintage necklace — Our Studio with olive m'lou @ 8:52 pm

I made these little 3-D shadowbox necklaces, and I am so happy how they turned out! I started with little metal flip-top frames (which I will be listing as supplies soon), then layered a milagro between a transparency and another image. There is a piece of glass on the front protecting the pieces, and the backs of most of them have a mirror, but a couple have a piece of antique sheet music behind glass. They are hung from a length of faux suede.

Please check them out in my etsy store, along with more.

This is one of those vintage things I just HAD to have when I found it. It is chunky and heavy, but the chain is lightweight. The pendant is about 4″ long, and the letters and the top detail are actually set into the metal, not sitting on top or printed. I couldn’t resist. Now I have to decide if I am going to keep it or sell it!

I promise that tomorrow I’ll get some pics of the cool printing and engraving goodies from that estate sale. I think I’ll also get some shots of my studio.