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I think the title of this post sounds a little like the title of the first in a cozy mystery series. I’ve been having so much fun getting boxes of vintage supplies from Suzanne Branca. She has a huge inventory she is selling through her Facebook page Famous Vintage Bead Hoard Liquidation Destash so that her online store, A Grain of Sand, can focus on gemstones. Back in the day, A Grain of Sand had the Curiosities Club where members would get a monthly box filled with vintage goods. I am loving getting access to some of these boxes. It is so fun to sift though them to see what treasures are there. One thing that is not in short supply is vintage metal, something I absolutely love. I’m taking advantage of some of it to make items for the upcoming Artists for Animals Auction, starting on November 11th.

First, I got some of these long brass pieces. They are such a lovely shape and have beautiful movement. 

I added a square of vesuvianite to the top of each one. I think they are beautiful in their simplicity with the wonderful patina on the metal.

Next, I got some cute glass cat beads from Andrew Thornton: Project Destash. I can always count on Andrew and Allegory Gallery, where he is Creative Director, to supply me with great beads. My sales from the auction will support Madison Cat Project, so what better than cat beads?

Here, I’ve used this colorful tabby and a Czech glass fish from Sondra’s Estate Beads Destash Depot with some jasper and matte seed beads to create a fun necklace. I knotted it on orange linen to bring out the one nice orange stripe on the cat’s cheek. Such a cutie!

Last but not least, I got some cool earring hoop forms in one of the boxes of vintage items. I still have a pair of these with a hologram disc in the middle that I got at a vintage shop in Chicago when I was in college. I wore them all the time with a secondhand white blouse with big orange polka dots. Yep, that’s how I rolled in the ’80s. Actually, that is something I would still wear now if I had it! Anyway, on to the earrings!

I briefly toyed with hanging something in the middle like my earrings, but I decided to update them to my current favorite look – rustic glam. I used tiny, uneven labradorite beads and wire wrapped them roughly to the forms. I love the look. Since the metal form and wire are pretty plain, I made my own simple sterling silver ear wires to bump up the glam quotient.

I’m having fun creating a variety of pieces for the auction. I still have more ideas, so I hope to have a good number of pieces done. Please visit me and the other artists to check out the auction. Don’t worry; I’ll remind you. 😉