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    Posted 3 months ago

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    Latest kyratisation!

    I got this 4.5 by 3 centimetres old brass bumblebee brooch, I have same model in sterling as a hatpin bearing the Meyle and Mayer dragonfly maker's mark, exactly similar (except for the places for stones) with wings in plique à jour enamel. PIC #4

    A bad paint job on the thorax, poor acrylic stones remaining.

    The cleaning with kind of Windex with ammonia removed the paint and brightened the brass, I removed the faux rhinestones!

    I filled the wings cells with acrylic "Glossy Accents" from (similar to Judikins Diamond Glaze), then once dried applied a mix of ecoline ink and glossy accent thinned with water to color the "enamel".
    I made sure no cloisons top showed over painting by scraping with a thin blade.

    The body was painted with same mix of black\brown ecoline ink and glossy accent.

    Then glued with hypocement acrylic faux half pearls (nail art supply!) for the wings and 2 tiny green cabs I had in my stash for the eyes.

    Final touch was mattify the enamels with jewellery fiber glass brush pen. (These Art Nouveau pieces were matte enamel!)

    Has any Meyle and Mayer collector heard of the firm making brass jewellery?

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 3 months ago
      Link to my Meyle and Mayer hatpin to compare:
    2. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 months ago
      I’m astonished! ( well, not really, it’s Pascale!)
      The time and effort you put into restoring each piece is an absolute tribute to vintage/ antique jewelry. You amaze with every “kyratisation”!
      The bumble bee has gone through a transformation.. from plain brass to a phenomenal “work of art”. How I wish I had a little of your talent...
    3. kyratango kyratango, 3 months ago
      Oohh, thank you Eileen!
      You have this talent, your Aries brooch restoration was amazing and with this pro result, you are now part of the kyratisers team!
    4. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 3 months ago
      That's a really pretty brooch but at first I thought it was a beetle (I think it's the dark wine colour?) and you did a great job with it. It's definitely an appropriate brooch to have now with plenty of bees about :P
    5. Newfld Newfld, 3 months ago
      Absolutely beautiful bee and incredibly lifelike, those lovely delicate wings with the pearl accents are heavenly - top marks on the restoration Pascale you're an artiste
    6. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 months ago
      I always admire your work, I adore your patinas and attention to detail which appears authentic, love you !!
    7. kyratango kyratango, 3 months ago
      LaurenRedmond thank you!
      You're right, it has that beetle look with this all dark body color... My attempt of giving him a striped suit didn't gave a nice effect! I may have another try but sometimes my attempts results are... Better is worse than good ;-)

      Jenni... Thank you so much for your compliments!

      Aww, Phil, your visit and superlative words always fill me with joy, love back to you! XO XO
    8. Manikin Manikin, 3 months ago
      Another beauty and you always work your magic to perfection :-) I love your new bzz bzz
    9. kyratango kyratango, 3 months ago
      Thank you Mani, my lovey friend!

      Edit: he now has stripes on his body, looking less beetle-esque ;-)
    10. racer4four racer4four, 3 months ago
      A beautiful bzz bzz that clearly demonstrates your creativity and skill Pascale.
      Your work is a wonder!
    11. Hollyhocks Hollyhocks, 2 months ago
      Gosh that's incredible ! such care and detail taken over every stage. You are a marvelous talented artist.
    12. kyratango kyratango, 2 months ago
      Karen! Bzz bzz to you, thanks for your wonderful comment :-D

      Hollyhocks, huge thank you for your huge compliment! I must say it came out very well :-))
    13. kyratango kyratango, 2 months ago
      And love back to all of you, 17 bzz bzz lovers :-)))
    14. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      Wonderful job! You are such an artist :-)
    15. kyratango kyratango, 2 months ago
      Thann you Mary! XO
    16. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 2 months ago
      Very nicely done!
    17. kyratango kyratango, 2 months ago
      Thank you MrsT!
      Just had a look at your beauties, love them all and the black background makes them pop out even more!
    18. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 20 days ago
      Hi Kyra!!! Good to see you're still at it! I somehow ended up with a bee or fly little brooch myself, that needs the eyes replaced and every time I look at it I think of you. I suppose I'll get to it one day if I ever find any stones that small!!!
    19. kyratango kyratango, 20 days ago
      Hi Share! Ooohh... Please, show your beeeeee! :-D
    20. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, Yesterday
      Once again I’m asking for your help. The work you did on this bumble is so spot-on, ( as always), it gives me hope that maybe, just maybe I can do the same on an old brooch that has lost a-lot of it’s gold glint to the point the metal is showing. :( It’s from the 60’s from a very well known designer, will post if I can do this)
      What does one use to fix this? Spray or brush? What is the name of the gold paint? The finish is textured so I have that on my side, won’t see drips or brush marks?? Your Bee gives me courage to try this next “ kyratisation”!
    21. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, Yesterday
      Share, there’s a shop on Etsy called Moonspheres. The shop’s owner is Laura, and she’s great! She has anything you need, and small orders are ok! Check her out and let’s see your Bee!!
    22. kyratango kyratango, Yesterday
      Hi Eileen! A great private Facebook group managed by Sandy Campbell has tons of advices for how to do that! I would love to see you there :-D
      Sandy uses Testors paints coated with Duraclear varnish. I think spray is better for covering a damaged plating when brush is better for details.
      If your piece is valuable, it is generally advised to be the more conservative possible...;-)
    23. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, Yesterday
      Thanks Pascale, what do I use ( carefully!) to remove the old gold paint? Windex with ammonia?Yes, to me it is valuable and quite rare! ( paid a pretty penny even with the damage) There is a huge focal stone ( not rhine) in the center so I need to cover to protect, also new rhinestones have to be replaced, but thanks to you, I can do that. Thanks for the invite, but this is something I rarely do. I just find a piece sometimes that I can’t let age or mistreatment get the better of. Wish me luck!
    24. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, Yesterday
      Oops, also would you use varnish if you want the finished product to be matte? I want it to look like your beautiful bumble’s finish!
    25. kyratango kyratango, 22 hours ago
      Aahh, I thought you wanted to restore the gilt finish on your piece... for my bumblebee I mixed acrylic varnish\glue Judikins Diamond Glaze with Ecoline ink, applied with a thin paint brush. Once dried, it is rather shiny, for the matte effect I brushed it wit a fiber glass brush stylus (watch maker de rusting device). If not pleased with the result, I only have to let it soak in water and scrape it once white and soft! The plique a jour effect is given with same stuff :-)
    26. kyratango kyratango, 22 hours ago
      Oops just saw your previous comment!
      You'll have to test what will remove the gold Aceton will, I think better than windex ammonia, and applied with q-tip you can avoid the central "stone" (if jelly belly, CAUTION!), aceton will remove the rhinestones with time of impregnation.
    27. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 52 mins ago
      Thanks for your expert advice! This one will be tricky! I will take it slow, and hope for the best. You are a dear, Pascale!

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