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stracci2000

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I bought this cameo from an antique mall.
The frame was long gone, it was probably gold and went for scrap.
So I made a new one from sterling. She turned out ok. She's not a perfect oval, but I did the best I could on short notice!
Yay, a new necklace for Stracci...like I need another necklace.....!
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marymm

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How great is it that you are giving this antique cameo a new lease on life?! I think it looks wonderful in its new silver scallop-y frame, and the chain is the perfect accompaniment - enjoy!
 

stracci2000

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@marymm @Garnetgirl @Mrs_Strizzle
I appreciate your kind words! I saw her in that shop, and I just couldn't leave her languishing there all naked and sad!
She is wonky shaped, and I still worry that the prongs are off, but it's ok, she's entirely hand made. A collaboration between me and some long gone Italian guy.....
Look at how wavy she is!
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@marymm @Garnetgirl @Mrs_Strizzle
I appreciate your kind words! I saw her in that shop, and I just couldn't leave her languishing there all naked and sad!
She is wonky shaped, and I still worry that the prongs are off, but it's ok, she's entirely hand made. A collaboration between me and some long gone Italian guy.....
Look at how wavy she is!
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Wow! That's seriously wavy. The whole design makes sense now - I see why you used a thin strip for the mounting ...

Your ingenuity and skill never cease to amaze.
 

stracci2000

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Wow! That's seriously wavy. The whole design makes sense now - I see why you used a thin strip for the mounting ...

Your ingenuity and skill never cease to amaze.

That wavy edge caused me some angst today, but I figured the thinner wire was the way to go.
I could've framed her in several different ways, but this was the easiest one. 'Cause I'm lazy!
 

Lookinagain

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@marymm @Garnetgirl @Mrs_Strizzle
I appreciate your kind words! I saw her in that shop, and I just couldn't leave her languishing there all naked and sad!
She is wonky shaped, and I still worry that the prongs are off, but it's ok, she's entirely hand made. A collaboration between me and some long gone Italian guy.....
Look at how wavy she is!
IMG_20220906_193611239~3.jpg IMG_20220906_193604085~3.jpg
That just makes me see the curve of the shell she probably came from. Great job as usual.
 

Daisys and Diamonds

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I bought this cameo from an antique mall.
The frame was long gone, it was probably gold and went for scrap.
So I made a new one from sterling. She turned out ok. She's not a perfect oval, but I did the best I could on short notice!
Yay, a new necklace for Stracci...like I need another necklace.....!
IMG_20220905_183717426.jpg

IMG_20220905_185753707~2.jpg

IMG_20220905_194333119.jpg

IMG_20220905_201212858.jpg

IMG_20220906_160229842~2.jpg

IMG_20220906_161928840~2.jpg

she looks so happy now to be back at work making someone look pretty again
do take her out to lunch
 

Daisys and Diamonds

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That wavy edge caused me some angst today, but I figured the thinner wire was the way to go.
I could've framed her in several different ways, but this was the easiest one. 'Cause I'm lazy!

you are so clever
that cameo is a lucky lady you found her
her new silver dress is so pretty
 

YadaYadaYada

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You never cease to amaze me with your jewelry making skills. She looks perfect in her new frame but I was surprised at the side view, that it one wavy cameo!
 

stracci2000

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You never cease to amaze me with your jewelry making skills. She looks perfect in her new frame but I was surprised at the side view, that it one wavy cameo!

I hesitated before buying it because of the wonky shape.
But the classical Roman face was so nice, and I felt sure it was 19th century, so I bought it anyway. I figured that I'd work out a framing solution somehow.
 

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@stracci2000, are cameos usually that wonky? I wonder if a lot of them are but the frames they are set in do a good job of disguising it.
 

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I really love your cameo, she is so pretty. Wavy and all, what a great craftsperson carved her. I’m looking at the close up and see her skin is darker (peachier) than her white dress; carved at a different depth. Italian sculpture informed!
 

stracci2000

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I really love your cameo, she is so pretty. Wavy and all, what a great craftsperson carved her. I’m looking at the close up and see her skin is darker (peachier) than her white dress; carved at a different depth. Italian sculpture informed!

And shes not even a top notch carving. I've seen some cameos that just take your breath away.

Maybe I'll have one of those one day....!
 
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