Another Vintage Heirloom Remake

I love working with family heirlooms and this was an interesting challenge. I was asked if I could breathe new life into this old broken Agate brooch which had belonged to a customer’s mother.

Broken Agate Brooch

Broken Agate Brooch

I forgot to take before pictures as I  had the worry of releasing the beautiful piece of Agate from the original brooch mount. Fortunately it yielded in once piece!

I then gathered together a lovely medley of Preciosa seed beads  and began to capture the stone in a band of them, as always each bead stitched one bead at a time. I think i must really have the hang of this now as  I got the right number of beads in the founding circle- one bead too many and it ends up too loose and one bead too few and it’s too tight to work. Trust me I know this from past experience and have had to unpick and start all over again.

Three hours later the beading is complete and the stone is securely captured.

Vintage Agate Brooch

Vintage Agate Brooch

All that was left was to glue a brooch finding to the back and leave it to cure for 48 hours.  The customer is delighted and I hope his daughter is too when she receives this as a memento of her Grandma.

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