Posted 12 months ago
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 rangerink.com (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?