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This is the pray I carried home from the fair! It may not seem a lot but there are treasures within! There are a bunch of stamps (I am a regular for the sellers in the vintage fair that sell old stamps, they even wait for me at the fair saying: Here, I saved these for you ’cause I knew you’d come) also two lovely keys from late 1800’s or beginning of 1900’s.

Also these pretty playing cards:

The playing cards are so beautifully made, I mean, look of the details of each queen, jack and king! I love them! A little piece of art in each one. And the costumes… I think I will use these as ex-libris, on the front page of some small leather journals.

I wonder which people played with these cards, if some lost money or some became richer ๐Ÿ™‚

A social game using playing cards. Oil painting by an unknown artist, c1850, source: Wikipedia

I also buy a lot of vintage photos, usually separate pictures, but these were in an album and they were all interesting so we will remake the weathered cover of this album and restore its former glory.There are fancy ladies, some with gloves, some with pearls, some with really elegant hats. And as usual, they had lots and lots of kids, that, apparently had no mood for posing ๐Ÿ™‚ Look at those faces LOL



And last, but not least, a little brass thimble. It was a bargain! That’s why I love the vintage fair ๐Ÿ™‚ When you look up close to it, you can see a detailed little icon. It has some writings on it as well but it is so tiny that I haven’t decipher it yet.


That’s all for today, I am pretty happy with my finds! If you know a similar thimble, I’d love to see some photos, I haven’t seen anything like this before!


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Ilonka has an eye for finding the most interesting treasures for us to use in our work, to collect and sell in our shop. She’s in love with everything vintage and doesn’t miss a fair day, like, ever! Ilonka is an artist and her designs are mostly one of a kind art books. That’s because she’s got too many ideas and too little time.

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Even though it is a fairly straightforward thing, to make a pendant out of a vintage key, there are several tips I want to share with you.

First and most important is the shape of the key – the easiest ones to work with are those that have a round bow, or a quatrefoil bow, that is because the key will stay vertical when it’s hanging from a chain. Otherwise, if the bow is oval, the gravity will make it slide in the jump ring and the key will fall in an diagonal position.

If you use an oval bow key like most are, you can use this design instead:

this will only work if the necklace is a short one as the bow of the key will have two distant supporting jump rings right and left. If the key would be on a long chain, the jump rings would be too close to each other, one slightly left and the other slightly right, and then the key might still tend to fall on one side.

Another approach would be to allow the oval bow key to slide on one side and fall diagonally and add some other little bits and pieces, beads or whatever to the necklace for a more hippie free-form gypsy look.

A thing to mention would be the thickness of the circular metal band from which the bow of the key is made, if it’s too thick, you’d have to use a large jump ring and that may not look too pretty if you’re aiming to make a delicate necklace. If, on the other hand, your key is a larger more industrial type of key, you can use large elements like a larger jump ring and a thicker bolder chain.

The last thing to mention would be protecting the keys from rust/oxydizing (after cleaning them beforehand).

There are a lot of solutions out there to protect metal from rust, basically any varnish, but the more specialized, the better. I use a metal sealer from Ranger which I like, as it has a satin finish, this doesn’t alter the look of the keys, doesn’t make them too shiny or too matte.

As for the chain, I prefer sturdy chains, ’cause I am a power user ๐Ÿ™‚ the ones with soldered links are very solid, even though they look delicate.

The rest is up to you – I love to use gunpowder black chains or antiqued silver ones if I have an iron key, or brass if I have a brass key.

As each vintage key has its own personality, they will guide you to a certain type of necklace. Have fun and if you felt inspired to make something, show me your experiments!



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Anca is an artistic soul, with lots of ideas. She wants to try this and that, buys all the possible craft supplies that no one ever heard of, “for future projects” (she says)… She is a social media inamorata and ensures a quality customer service. She is our calligrapher and she plays the piano. a lot.

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