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Thomae enamel Swallow in fly brooch, before and after restore.

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BLUE!60 of 60Butterfly early victorian brooch.The big crazed opal is now wearable!
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    Posted 6 years ago

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    Wingspan of this cute birdie is 3.3/8", enamel has a soft mate finish I love!

    This buy allowed me to identify the maker of my light purple butterfly in precedent post:
    THOMAE ! The story began in 1920 when Charles Thomae founded his company : Charles Thomae Co. of Attleboro, Mass.
    On Pinterest you can see the same in original state:

    Pic #2 is the result of my restore work ;-)
    Pic #3 is the Thomae maker's mark (made to look like Sheffield hallmark, but the letter doesn't match Sheffield board for date letters, and the Lion passant isn't quite same).

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    1. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 6 years ago
      Beautiful... I am always looking at these beautiful birds...
    2. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Hi DrFluffy! I explained my restore tech on my post:
      Thank you so much for your quick love and kind comment :-)
    3. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 6 years ago
      Oh... I just noticed the comment with the explanation.... I have another piece ( the deco bracelet) that I can try it on first... :) Then I can venture out with the butterfly.
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    5. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Lol Vetraio! It is mine and I gave the link in my description, but thank you for the info ;-)
    6. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      stunner as always!!!
    7. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      What an amazing color of blue. Almost like lapis :)
    8. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Thanks Sean and Mikelv :-)
    9. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Thanks to the 17 lovers too!
    10. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Thanks Paris, Lisa and Torakitten too :-)
    11. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      Kyra, I've got a little butterfly I wish you could fix!!! Beautiful, missing a bit of enamel. :(
    12. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Katherine! Wish I could! Hope you will post it to see :-)

      You may try my technique!

      Material used for my restorations:

      = jewellers fiberglass pencil brush (brand LIBERTY scratch brush fiber glass)
      = nail polish pearly white
      = Pébéo painting on glass discovery kit (colors in the kit : crimson,lemon, orange, chartreuse green, sky blue, gold) + Pébéo vitrail (=painting on glass) medium lightening.
      = LETRASET Promarker set of 12 colors + blender

      My technique is :

      - clean thoroughly the damaged area (now I use a jeweller fiberglass brush)
      - take a small amount of pearly white nail polish with a tooth pick and apply carefully on the metal only where is the lack of enamel.
      - let dry completely.
      - apply matching color (or blend primary colors on an aluminium sheet to get matching color!) always with a tooth pick, by tiny drops until the damaged area is covered (don't rub, use the tooth pick as a pen to go to the edges of the piece!)
      - apply the medium lightener same way to get an even surface (DON'T RUB...)
      - put the piece in cold ELECTRIC oven, start fan heat up to 65° celsius, allow to dry for 15/20 minutes.
      - When cold, check it's non finger sticky, then use the fiber glass brush lightly to create the same effect than the existing enamel surface.

      That's all!!!
    13. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Thanks to the 22 lovers!
    14. Koppel Koppel, 5 years ago
      Stunning! And thank you for your warm welcome ????????
    15. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Thanks Koppel!
      Thanks Peasejean too ;-))

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