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Do -it -yourself mid century galalith brooch

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Posted 4 years 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, 4 years ago
    Thanks DrFluffy and vetraio for loving my brooch!
  2. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years 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, 4 years 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, 4 years 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, 4 years 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, 4 years 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, 4 years ago
    Thanks Amberrose for loving my brooch

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