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Topic: Vintage Hatpin turned Steampunk  (Read 895 times)
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« on: October 01, 2009 02:16:23 PM »

My grandma always lets me sort through everything she's putting up for garage sale before she sets it out, so I get first dibs. I found this vintage hatpin. It used to have a cameo on it, but somehow it's fallen off. Also the back has a trademark that says "Made in Germany West" so I'm wondering if that makes it a WWII relic maybe...

Anyway, It practically screams steampunk to me, and I want to give it a makeover that will be something Along those lines, only, I have no idea what to do with it.

So basically, I need ideas ^_^ Anything goes, you know?

I like anything quirky and original, so even if your idea is completely off-the-wall, I just might love it to death.

You just TRY to get me away from my sewing machine.
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2009 03:47:32 AM »

It's not necessarily from WWII as Germany was split into East and West up until the end of the 80s- I know because when I lived there as a kid I lived in various towns in what was still West Germany  Smiley And you can still get the ornate brass filigree made even nowadays from there.

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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2009 01:06:24 PM »

Thanks for the info. ^_^ I don't feel so bad about messing with it now.

You just TRY to get me away from my sewing machine.
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2009 08:14:33 AM »

West and East Germany came into being after WWII.  So no worries.  You may consider placing an aged distressed photo on the cameo portion and extending the filigree on one side with additional wire work and watch pieces.  You could even put a small gear in the center of the pin with watch hands. 


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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2009 11:23:46 PM »

Tiny lace would be nice, I'm not great with steampunk stuff but I can sooo see some tiny dark red lace incorporated in there somewhere! Maybe on the very back so the edges just peek out?

Can't wait to see how it turns out!
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