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Do -it -yourself mid century galalith brooch

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Posted 12 months ago


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This brooch is a mystery to me.
I think its handmade in the fourties or fifties. It looks like it is made from some pieces of galalith, some bycicle parts and some other bits and pieces.
Its big: about 8cm lenght in total.
I have a similar one with mother of pearl and plastic pieces. I think someone just had these pieces laying around in house and made this brooch. I won't wear it but I love it.
Has anyone seen something like this?

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  1. Newtimes Newtimes, 12 months ago
    Thanks DrFluffy and vetraio for loving my brooch!
  2. valentino97 valentino97, 12 months ago
    Yes - I agree it must be a DIY project and at that size must have been worn on an overcoat if at all. I've made brooches starting w/a kilt safety pin and will post a few sometime. I like to use the bits and pieces to give them a second chance in life. Recently I bought 2 dozen different color bakelite cutlery handles someone took off the silver parts. They are 7 to 12 cm - too long for jewelry unless I cut them up. Maybe I'll thread them up to make a mobile (keep it out of the sun right?). Right now they are sitting in one of my 60's copper enamel bowls. I enjoy repurposing the old bits and pieces into a new item.
  3. Newtimes Newtimes, 12 months ago
    Cool! I just started a small collection of cake servers recently. They are great when you have a birthday. And my youngest daughter is turning four years old in a few weeks so they will come in handy.
    You should really do something with those handles. i would love to see what you make out of them.
  4. Newtimes Newtimes, 12 months ago
    Moonstonelover,Valentino, DrFluffy and vetraio: I can just post the most bizarre items and you guys still love it! Thank you so much for that!
  5. AmberRose AmberRose, 12 months ago
    Wow! I'm speechless on this one. I kinda see a tennis racket??? Maybe an award?
    I like the idea of repurposing as we'll but I have no talent for it and certainly no patience!
    Valentino, my idea would be to make a "sun ray" clock with your handles.
  6. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 12 months ago
    Val, I love the idea of a mobile... I have a large box full of jewelry bits and pieces too, and one of these years my plan is to make other "non-jewelry" things out of them... I just run out of time every day. Wish there were 48 in every day!!!
  7. Newtimes Newtimes, 12 months ago
    Thanks Amberrose for loving my brooch

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