As usual I failed to take a before pic of the components used to create. The blue rhinestone, vintage brooch was missing whatever was attached to the center at one time, so.....
Got the trusty glue out and added a filigree piece, a vintage rhinestone button and now have this. It still has the pin intact, but will probably use it as a focal piece for a necklace.
What do all these pieces have in common? Except for the one in the top left corner, they were all earrings or part of an earring at one time probably 70's and 80's. You know - the era of the "big" earrings.
And, yes I wore my share of the big ones.
Cass @ That Old House (here) recently posted about big earrings and getting your ears pierced. Love what her Mother told her. I got a good laugh reading her post, as I remember very well when I pierced mine "during the middle ages". Yes - You read that right - I pierced my own. Would I do it again - NO! Would I recommend you pierce your own - NO!
Let me "splain" this situation. It was during the era that "everybody was getting their ears pierced" as that was the cool/neat thing to do!?!? You have to realize this was during "the middle ages". Today it is no big deal.
Would my Mother let me get mine pierced - NO. So.....What did I do? I got brave one day when she was not there, and sterilized a needle and thread in a pan of boiling water, and put ice cubes on both sides of my ear lobes to numb them (don't laugh - we are talking middle ages here), then pierced the first one (Ouch! That hurt). Got it doctored up and almost chickened out doing the other one, but decided I would look strange walking around with one pierced ear (like I said, we are talking the middle ages here), and did the other one. I repeat - Would I do it again - Noooooooo !!
I remember my Mother telling me they were going to get infected, cost her money, etc., etc.
I think that motivated me to take extra care, and keep them doctored up."My Ears Survived" !!!
I even took a break from earrings for pierced ears and wore "the big ones" clip on type for many years when they were in style. When I decided to wear those for pierced ears again, I thought the holes may have closed up and was surprised to find they had not. I did good ! :-D
Thanks Cass for the trip down memory lane.
Just another Dab of This and That.
What ever your plans for the weekend - Have a great one!