Monday, August 6, 2012

Still Going On About Vintage Purses...

1910~15 French Callot Soers Evening Bag or Pouch
Linen & Silk
18th Century European Bag
circa 1805 French Evening Bag
Taffeta, Silk, Silk Ribbon & Gauche Paper Printing
Vintage Purse
Velvet, Lace, French Ribbon & Beads
Chatelaine Date Unknown
1925 French house of Lanvin Evening Bag
Silk, Metal Silk & Metallic
1926 Evening Bag
1910~15 French Callot Soers Evening Bag or Pouch
Linen & Silk
1915 French Evening bag
Silk, Metal & Metallic
circa 1900 American Chatelaine
Leather & Metal
1890 American Purse
Silk & Metallic
1690~1710 French Gaming Purse
Linen & Silk
18th Century European Pouch
Silk & Metallic Thread
19th Century European Chatelaine
Silk, Silver & Leather
1910 French Bag
Silk & Metallic Thread
1909 American Coin Purse
Metal & Silk
1795 British Pouch

My Questions....
Who wore these lovely little purses???
What did they wear on the occassions that they carrying them??
What grand journey's have these little jewels been taken on??
If only I could go back & see each one of them being used...
it would be such splendid MAGIC!!!
Just a little Eye Candy from The Metropolitan Museum of Art...
I DO ADORE their Collection of
Vintage Bags!!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Vintage Coin Purse Necklace...A Tutorial!

Hi Sweeties...
Have y'all been LOVIN your summer as much as I have??
I know some of you are in very HOT places, which makes it not as fun...
but I live in a place that is so often COLD,
the Warmth of Summer is a welcome change!

I have a true love affair with little, vintage leather coin purses!
I could NEVER have TOO many of them, there are so many endless
ideas of  charming things to do with these adorable Victorian gems.

I've made necklaces out of them, which I adore, but recently I was thinking
about the purses women wore attached to their waist with a decorative
belt clip or chatelaine. They are so Simple & Sweet, I just
wanted to make one, so I did!

This is a really EASY DIY piece, that requires very little technique or supplies.
Prior to doing anything else, I added a small tintype & cast, repo metal frame
with some E6000 adhesive & let dry completely over night. I have added this
on to the leather of a vintage coin purse & the metal lid, both work perfectly.

With the lid open, you can see a space right next to where the hinge connects
the lid to the leather, that's wear you will attach either a large jump ring or
hand wire a double ended connector. {which is what I did} You can then
open the end of any length of chain you desire & attach it to both of your
jump rings or connectors. Tie a bit of sari silk through one of the jump
rings & have a great little vintage necklace or waist coin
purse. Now depending on how much knowledge you have in jewelry
making, you can just open up your chain in a few different places
& add some beads & bobbles as you please!
Easy Peasey!!!

Here's one I made into a long necklace. The main difference with this one is that I
only used 1 connection on the corner of the coin purse, so it would hang
at an angle. LOVE THESE!!!

Before women actually carried purses, they wore a chatelaine...
a decorative belt hook or clasp worn at the waist with a series of chains
suspended from it with accessories, like a watch or thimble or scissors.
I would definitely hurt myself with something like this around my waist! ;)

So, I'm now looking for a cool vintage belt hook like the ones above, to
hold my coin purse at my waist. Won't it be soooo cute with my
Magnolia Pearl top & rolled up jeans??

No matter what or when, you can't separate a woman from her purse...
without it, where would we put all of our crap??
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial & give it a try, I bet you'll love them
just as much as I do!!!