Vintage stamp jewellery

I’ve been making little bits and pieces of jewellery from stamps for ages now, and have sold some at craft fairs and pop-up shops, but I’ve never really gotten around to listing them to sell online. I had a whole load of really lovely stamps that were just begging to be used though, so I recently made up a big batch to sell!

They are something of a labour of love these brooches and pendants….they take over a week to make, as I have to remove the stamps safely from any backing, paste them onto veneer, strengthen the veneer, trim and file down the edges, apply *seven* coats of varnish to them, and finally add the brooch pin or necklace. I do love making them though and turning something old into something new is great fun, especially because these stamps are the sort of thing that just won’t get enjoyed otherwise….and they are too pretty not to enjoy!

I have lots all ready to go, but for now here is a little selection of my favourites….I’ll let you know when they are all online and ready for sale! What do you think of them?

Ems x

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Wednesday Wants…. Mary Katrantzou clutches

I remember hearing the name Mary Katrantzou for the first time, many fashion weeks ago (and wondering how the devil to pronounce it, or spell it!), and I remember thinking ‘here’s something fresh’. Ever since, I’ve paired the name with fun, original and quirky prints, as well as awesome colours and shapes. So, when I heard that the Central Saint Martins graduate had launched a range of clutch bags based on those same fantastic digital prints, I was desperate to see them.

I’ve not been disappointed either…in fact I want them all. No surprise I know, but just look at these beauties…..

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Sorbonne printed leather pouch, £490, NET-A-PORTER

I love me some vintage stamps with birds on. I have stacks of them stashed in my studio, and love making jewellery out of them. So it’s no wonder I’m in love with this vibrant ‘Sorbonne’ print, and would happily carry by stuffs and things about in it.

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I adore this blue print, another postage stamp design printed onto the gorgeous ‘Kathmandu’ pounch. I also love the soft leather and the ‘shove it all in’ size, which would will easily hold an iPad, small laptop, and all your other bits and bobs.

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Pound printed leather pouch, £490, NET-A-PORTER

This one has to be my favourite though. Made again in luxuriously supple leather and lined in super-soft cotton-twill in a stunning shade of green, the ‘Pound’ pouch is just so incredibly pretty and clever. I’m crazy about this print, even though I’ve always found our sterling monies quite dull compared to the notes in other countries. I’d be delighted though to carry this around.

What do you think? Like the over-sized clutch idea? And what about these crazy prints….wonderfully wearable or for dressing up only?
Ems x

London 2012 Stamp

I love a stamp. Especially a self inking stamp. There’s something so satisfying about stamping something. It makes me feel important and official.

I think this dates back to my childhood, when I set up my own Post Office at my Nanna’s house during the school holidays, using a cardboard box with a window cut into it. I’d make my own envelopes and postage stamps, and then pretend to stamp them ready to be posted. I can’t vouch for whether they would ever get delivered, but my Nanna never made a formal complaint.

I found this beauty a few weeks ago at Paperchase, when my friend Michelle from the States was visiting, and it seemed acceptable for me to go souvenir shopping (despite having lived in London for over 10 years). I had absolutely NO need for it, but sometimes that’s half the joy in buying something, eh? AND it only costs £3. Three pounds! I’d have been crazy not to have bought it, and surely would have regretted it every day since, and probably for the rest of my life.

And I’m happy to say that it’s actually getting loads of use…. during the Jubilee, when I was selling my little corgi necklaces and Jubilee charm bracelets all over the world, I loved stamping their packaging with my special stamp. And now the Olympics is here, I’m sending all my orders out with the stamp on again. I think it’s nice when you receive something from far away that it looks a bit special and you can tell where it came from. Plus, our postage stamps in the UK tend to be a little dull when compared to Japan and New Zealand and places.

You can still buy them on the website…I’m not sure if they still have them in the shops. You should get one. They also have these lovely globe stamps, which are just £3 too. I’m going to save my sweet money and get one.

There’s a bit of a stamp theme going on at Paperchase in general actually. I also bought these cute little food pots at the same time as the stamp. They have lovely colourful stamp designs on them…one each of London, Paris, New York and Rome. They are dead handy, and store nicely inside each other like nesting dolls. They are a bargain too at just £7!

Again, I can’t think of a real use for them, but I’m sure I’d find something ace to do with these little stamp design wallets. They have that cool twirly string closure that I love, and they are only £1.50 for two. Hard to resist!

Wednesday Wants…. all sorts in one place on Folksy

So I’m finding myself rather strapped for time at the minute…. getting things ready for craft fairs and getting ready for some very busy weekends coming up. And so this week I’ve had less time to get distracted by my virtual shopping habit. Still, if I need a fix, or even to buy something for real, I needn’t look any further than Folksy. Like its American counterpart, Folksy promotes and helps small businesses and crafty types like me…. just in the UK though for Folksy. I’ve found it great to use and I’m really enjoying having a shop on there (you should come see it some time!).

So, I thought that today I would share a few of my current favourites on Folksy….. enjoy!…..

For my luggage / stamp obsession.....Around the World in 80 Stamps Upcycled Antique Luggage Suitcase, by Yasmin Bochi, £140

I'm so into stacking rings and pretty stones......Sterling Silver Opal Stacking Ring, by Deep Blue Silver, £18

And I love clever things to do with old books...Recycled Book Desk Tidy Business Card/Photo Holder, by The Bird & The Button, £9