Oh, Hi There!
As some of you know, I started repurposing vintage brooches and dress clips. Through practice, I found that some are too delicate and it can be tricky when rhinestones fall out of the pieces. It is also difficult to make sure remnants of metal don't latch onto the back but most importantly, I feel some pieces should keep their charm and originality; unless, the jewelry is mass produced.
Taking this into account, I have spent countless hours, days, and nights thinking about how I could create unique and one of a kind pieces. If you have been following Ledbelly, you might have seen this deranged transition over time. I'm constantly beating my head about what to do next and how. I even stayed at my last employer for several months because I was too indecisive, frightened, and undetermined. Nonetheless, I finally found the right materials to make exactly what I've been debating with myself. I took the plunge, left my employer, and couldn't be happier!
What inspired me?
First and foremost, the love and support from my family and friends. Their reaction toward working in the finance industry vs. Ledbelly has been an awakening. They truly understand that I find much joy in online marketing and using my hands; particularly, within the vintage realm. With their guidance, I am now able to take this opportunity to do exactly what I love.
As mentioned, I don't always feel comfortable altering what was once someone's precious jewel. This is not to say that I won't do so every once in a while but I wanted to create something completely original. Therefore, I evaluated each vintage era and what intrigues me the most are the roaring twenties and art deco designs. The designs I love best are simple and clean; such as, the images shown below.
In comparison, I decided to use a material appearing closest to bakelite or celluloid (see black pendant above) and genuine crystals from the famous company, Swarovski.
In conjunction with 1920's jewelry, I tend to get a lot of inspiration and ideas from art deco buildings and interior designs. A pop of gold always looks exquisite in a deco room. Below are a few that I just adore. See Pinterest Inspiration Board for more.
How are the new designs made?
Epoxy Resin and Swarovski Crystals! If you know anything about epoxy resin, you know there are pros and cons. It is very durable, pretty resilient, and acts like a glue which is perfect for attaching crystals, pearls, and cabochons. On the other hand, it can be a disaster if it's not applied properly. Also, liquid and sanded epoxy dust is hazardous and it takes a good 24-48 hours to cure.
That being said, the new Ledbelly jewelry is effectively an art form. There are two different designs but today, I would like to preface how I create the pendants using blank bezel settings.
And Voila! Over time, I believe this will come natural. Waiting on the resin to stiffen before applying the stones is a little laborious but it allows me to work on other tasks to run the business; such as, online marketing and blogging.
What other designs will we carry?
With the right molds and tools, I will begin creating brooches, earrings, and bracelets. They, too, will be sleek and simple that can be worn with any type of outfit. Stay tuned as we shape our Etsy shop into this new conception.
Where can you find Ledbelly products?
At this time, Ledbelly products are only sold online. We recently joined the San Diego Made community and hope to attend some events in the near future. In the coming months, I would also like to participate in other fairs around San Diego and maybe even, Texas.
Thank You Always!
With all that reported, I can't thank you enough. I very much appreciate your admiration and appreciation for Ledbelly and everything I do. I couldn't be where I am at without my family, friends, and fans. If ever you have a question regarding any of the products, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am always happy to provide as much details as possible. Thank you for all the love and support throughout these years!
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