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    Posted 3 years 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 years ago
      Link to my Meyle and Mayer hatpin to compare:
    2. kyratango kyratango, 3 years 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!
    3. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 3 years 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
    4. Newfld Newfld, 3 years 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
    5. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      I always admire your work, I adore your patinas and attention to detail which appears authentic, love you !!
    6. kyratango kyratango, 3 years 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
    7. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
      Another beauty and you always work your magic to perfection :-) I love your new bzz bzz
    8. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Thank you Mani, my lovey friend!

      Edit: he now has stripes on his body, looking less beetle-esque ;-)
    9. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      A beautiful bzz bzz that clearly demonstrates your creativity and skill Pascale.
      Your work is a wonder!
    10. Hollyhocks Hollyhocks, 3 years ago
      Gosh that's incredible ! such care and detail taken over every stage. You are a marvelous talented artist.
    11. kyratango kyratango, 3 years 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 :-))
    12. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      And love back to all of you, 17 bzz bzz lovers :-)))
    13. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Thann you Mary! XO
    14. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 3 years ago
      Very nicely done!
    15. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Thank you MrsT!
      Just had a look at your beauties, love them all and the black background makes them pop out even more!
    16. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years 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!!!
    17. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Hi Share! Ooohh... Please, show your beeeeee! :-D
    18. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      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...;-)
    19. kyratango kyratango, 2 years 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 :-)
    20. kyratango kyratango, 2 years 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.
    21. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Oh my what a talent you have. My first reaction would be don't touch old stuff and I still belive in not restoring if you don't have to. But I have also come to see that you are such a great craftman and that you mend and save jewelry that has flaws or are boken and that they otherwise would not have benen worn so I have changed my mind :)
      You do such a wonderful job! Who can not love this bumblebee ?! It is fantastic!
    22. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Sorry for bad spelling, the autocorrect on my Phone is not in english and playes me tricks when I look away :)
    23. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Thank you Elizabethan! Yes, generally I won't touch something in good condition, only wounded or incomplete pieces ;-)
      The auto correct, gosh, a pity for me too!
    24. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 2 years ago
      great details
    25. RichmondLori RichmondLori, 2 years ago
      Hi took a stroll through your wonderful collection, very very beautiful pieces. Lori
    26. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      BEAUTIFUL Kyratisation! You really do an outstanding job bringing your lovely pieces back to life!
    27. rhineisfine rhineisfine, 2 years ago
      What gorgeous work you've done on that brooch! I'm amazed!
    28. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Woohoo! Thank you Kivatinitz, Lori, Scott and Rhineisfine for your so kind comments and lovely visit :-D
    29. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 2 years ago
      Wow! Great job!
    30. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Thank you vintagelamp!
    31. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago

    32. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Thank you Scottvez, I'm totally proud of the result! :-))

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