Friday, August 28, 2009

Creative Art Soldering Kits are Now in Stock!

Vintages is now carrying creative art soldering kits. These are great for creating pendants, charms and jewelry. The kit comes complete with: soldering iron specific to this type of soldering, coil spring iron stand, acid free flux, lead-free silver solder, copper foil tape, two holding clamps, assorted jump rings, four sets of glass and instructions on soldering basics and safety information.

We have an instructional DVD and a great book on soldering to get you going on a new level. The interactive DVD is like taking a solder art class, with the instructor guiding you step by step through the soldering process. It is broken into categories and you can play any section as many times as you want. Professionally filmed, the DVD has great close-ups showing you the techniques that are hard to explain and includes clip art and three guided design projects to help inspire your creativity!

The book contains much of the instruction that is on the DVD as well as a lot of information on tools and materials, as well as how to use them. Many projects are included with illustrated instructions, patterns and clip art. The book makes an excellent reference on creative soldered art design and techniques.

We also have other solder art accessories and extra individual supplies. This includes various sizes of precut glass, extra flux and solder, various sizes of copper tape, hemostat pliers for attaching jump rings and soldering mats to protect your work surface.
Our extensive collection of vintage and decorative crafting supplies also includes a wide variety of papers, ribbon, die-cuts, Dresden, millinery flowers and feathers, old photographs and music paper, and much more.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Glamorous Glitz: Eisenberg Jewelry

Jonas Eisenberg immigrated to the United States in 1880 from his native Austria. Settling in Chicago, he founded his fashion company in 1914. Eisenberg & Sons designed, made and sold high quality ready-to-wear clothing. Around 1930, to enhance the sale of dresses, they introduced jewelry accents. The jewelry was sold with the garment, but was also sold individually in a blue velvet box marked Eisenberg & Sons Originals.

The jewelry was so popular that Eisenberg stopped selling clothing in 1958 and concentrated just on the jewelry. The spectacular costume jewelry was probably the best produced during its heyday. These large, ostentatious jewels have become the definitive statement of crystal rhinestone jewelry. Eisenberg employed only the finest workmanship and materials available. They used Swarovski Austrian crystals and rhinestones, the best plating and metalworking techniques available, and other high quality materials that made their jewelry expensive even when originally marketed. This attention to detail has been recognized in the collectible market, as Eisenberg pieces are highly sought after by vintage costume jewelry collectors.

Much of the early Eisenberg pieces were not marked, as they were considered a part of the garment or packaged in an Eisenberg box. Those that were marked, bore the logo EISENBERG ORIGINAL, the same as on the dresses. In WWII the base metals used for making jewelry were reserved for military use, so items made in the mid-1940s were marked Sterling. A number of marks have followed, with EISENBERG ICE being introduced in 1945. A script form of Eisenberg Ice was used from 1970 onward. For a fairly extensive listing of the Eisenberg marks, see Researching Costume Jewelry.

Eisenberg is still making jewelry today, although under different ownership. The new Eisenberg Ice production continues many of the same high quality standards set by Jonas Eisenberg and his sons many years ago.

Eisenberg jewelry comes in many colors and styles. For this gallery I have kept to the clear crystal variety. Most of these are available in our shop, some are listed online. Click on the photo to see more information about the ones that are available online.

Glamorous Glitz: Crystal Rhinestone Jewelry

With the Fall Holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to check out the glitz! If you have diamonds, wear them. If you don’t, then crystal rhinestone jewelry fits the bill.rhinestone
NOUN: an imitation diamond used in costume jewelry and to decorate clothes.
ORIGIN: late-19th century, translating French caillou du Rhin, literally pebble of the Rhine.
The history of this queen of all faux diamond-like stones seems a bit murky, considering the brilliance of jewelry grade crystal rhinestones. Somewhere back in time, rock crystals found in the Rhine River were harvested to create usable and decorative objects and as the base for blown glass from Bohemia and Austria. Around 1775, an Alsatian jeweler, Georg Friedrich Strass, came up with a method of coating the underside of faceted glass with metal powder to imitate diamonds. Ahhh … the beginning of glitz!In Victorian times, a common alternative method of making rhinestones involved a ground glass paste that was molded, cut and polished. When a reflective material was added to the back of the stone, it shone like a diamond – almost. Thus, many Victorian rhinestones are referred to as paste.

For higher quality stones, Strass’ methods were time consuming and required special expertise to achieve satisfactory results. Along came Daniel Swarovski, who in 1891 invented a machine to automate the cutting of glass with facets and the jewelry world would never be the same. High quality crystal rhinestones have been readily available ever since.Today the vast majority of rhinestones are crystal stones from Swarovski. But there are still many made of glass and acrylic available to jewelers and crafters.Rhinestones, or paste, were used in much of the Victorian era jewelry, often in rolled gold, or gold-filled, settings. In the Roaring Twenties, the Art Deco rage just screamed for the dazzling brilliance of rhinestones. By the middle of the 1900s, high fashion costume jewelers, like Eisenberg, Weiss and Trifari, used Swarovski crystal rhinestones to create brilliant over the top designs. At the same time, many producers of more casual, everyday jewelry – Coro, Sarah Coventry and Emmons come to mind – were making glitz for the masses using a large variety of glitzy rhinestones.Celebrities found that, while diamonds were best, rhinestones were preferred when decorating a piano like Liberace, a jumpsuit like Elvis, a cowboy jacket like Glen Campbell or a single glove like Michael Jackson.Rhinestones come in virtually every color imaginable. For this gallery I have kept to the clear crystal variety. Most of these are available in our shop, some are listed online. Click on the photo to see more information about the ones that are available online.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fiesta de Artes in Los Gatos

The Annual Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival -- Fiesta de Artes -- will be held at the Los Gatos Civic Center grounds this weekend, August 15th & 16th from 10am to 6pm both days. A Los Gatos Town tradition for over 30 years, the 2009 Fiesta will be the 13th event sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos. The Fiesta is a venue for artisans, vintners, micro-brewers, entertainers, merchants and visitors from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Join us for two days of music, art, crafts, food and wine. When you are done having a great time at the Fiesta, come on down to Vintages and see what's new, or just to say hi.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Autos Circa 1914

We have these really great programs from Paris Theaters in 1914. The photos are wonderful and the advertising is fantastic. I really liked these automobile ads. Hope you do too.These are a couple of ads for car parts, the one on the left is intriguing.

And Sears & Roebuck is not to be outdone. This is a 1910 ad for a car made by Sears!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Tarzan the Ape Man in Paris!

I came across this article in the New York Times about an exhibit in Paris at the Musee du Quai Banly devoted to Tarzan. His life, myth and character are examined (yes, examined!) through old comics, film clips, faux jungle sets and children’s action figures. Maybe a bit much, but interesting none-the-less. I did find this one image from the NYT article that I just had to pass along.

This is an 1871 engraving entitled Man is Descended From the Apes by Georges Labadit, showing an ape reading Darwin. Mmmmmhhhhh! Makes one wonder .....

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