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I am so excited to finally introduce Vintaj products on the blog. Vintaj is a beautiful line of jewelry components. Their natural brass components are made of 85% copper and 15% zinc. They are eco-friendly, lead and nickel free and are not antique plated. Vintaj is also crafted in the United States.

As soon as the product hit our shelves, I was like a kid in a candy store.  Only this candy doesn’t have empty calories.  There are so many unique and artistic pieces to choose from.  I took a chance to browse the Vintaj blog and was excited to see all the creative possibilities this product line offers.  The natural brass is a good quality metal that is easy to work with.

NecklaceFirst off, I wanted to play around with some of the cute metal blanks.  From an owl to a guitar pick, to buttons and keys… there are several different styles in stock.  It is exactly what it sounds like, a piece of blank metal.  A completely blank canvas to play with.  I chose two different sizes of keys and hammered them with a texturizing hammer.  Then I added some color to them with Gilder’s Paste.  I punched a hole in the bottom of the long key so that I could attach it to my beaded links and chain.

Pendant

I used bronze toned craft wire to create my links with crystal and stone.  I love the vintage look of the bronze paired.  It looks so romantic and elegant when paired with crystal.  The colors of the necklace remind me of a secret garden party with fragrant flowers and lush greens tucked behind a locked gate.  I loved the book The Secret Garden when I was younger.

Bracelet

I also whipped up this pretty Cherry Limeade inspired bracelet.  Sure its fall, but these pieces scream summer to me.  Browsing around the Vintaj Blog, I was inspired by the use of the filigree pieces as connectors and settings for crystals.  In this bracelet above, I used a flattened bead cap to make a setting for a rivoli crystal and use it for a setting.  The brass is fairly easy to work with and I was surprised that even though I had to bend (and re-bend) the metal to get the setting even, it didn’t break on me.

One of my favorite things about this line is how easy it is to combine the different elements for some great results.  I threw together a couple of pretty crystal rings in just a couple of minutes.  The results are stunning and you only need a few simple supplies!

Tools Required
Hammer
Side Cutter
Metal Ring Mandrel
Metal Hole Punch

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Red Crystal Ring Supplies
Crystal (73CT243-12)
Ring Blank (VJ160)
Nail Head Rivet (VJ110-1)
Small Bead Cap (VJ1000)
Filigree Bead Cap (VJ1013)

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Pink Crystal Ring Supplies
Rivoli Crystal (63CT293-14)
Ring Blank (VJ161)
Nail Head Rivet (VJ110-1)
Flower Connector (VJ3010)
Filigree Bead Cap (VJ1013)

Be on the look out for more Vintaj projects to come.  I haven’t even touched on the amazing line of Vintaj Patina Inks yet!  Have you worked with Vintaj before?

Kelsy

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One thought on “Introducing Vintaj Natural Brass

  • October 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm
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    I love Vintaj products, and the things you made are awesome!!

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