View Full Version : Yee Haw !


salleh
06-15-16, 02:15 PM
,.....I have already written a lot about what's going on with the vintage watch parts jewelry in the first post I wrote this morning ....but I will reiterate how excited I am to have this working out so well ......what I do takes a lot of effort and time, but it's pretty unique, and once every other day that I am selling, someone will tell me about a bracelet or pair of earrings they got in Florida 10 years ago or the like ....but for now, I am the only person in the bay area making what I make ......

.....Once I have assembled all the watch parts I am going to use, I sort them out and put them on foam core boards I have covered with wide masking tape I put on backwards ....a board of sticky that holds the parts well ....and they don't slide around and I can see exactly what I have...then I design the pieces onto more sticky boards ....and when they are finished they go on yet more sticky boards ....at any given time I have 30 +, 11 x 15 sticky boards in play ...it's a big help with preventing those dials from having their paint chipped or even worse, chipping the porcelain dials ! sorting and prepping enough dials and movements for 600 pieces of jewelry took me about 2 months.....

....And I have gotten even more picky about what dials and movements I'll use ....they have to be fairly clean, and the movements generally have to be shiny ...and no rust please ....I put aside about 1/2 of the stuff I get in most batches .....

........I have gotten more and more persnickity about how I make this stuff ....for example this first photo is of one of my top sellers, they are tiny ladies watch dial bracelets, ( from the 1930s to the 1960s....now 5% of the come naturally "domed" ...that is to say, not flat ...but after the first couple of batches, I found myself putting them all on the same bracelet, and figuring out that they look so much better than the flat dials ....so I started bending the dials ....then I started using my spring bar curver from my watch sales days and bending each dial 4 times .....

.....but that wasn't enough ....the bracelet has 2 bendy tabs that hold the links for each glue pad, and they make the bracelet sit up high on the wrist ....so now I rebend those so they are flatter and closer to the wrist ....and that's after I design them but before I put them together .....

...I did 2 trays worth of these bracelets....that's 20 bracelets a tray, 11 pads per bracelet ( average) ....making 440 dials I curved, and 440 pads I flattened ....whew .....so here's part of the tray that has both colored dials ...( horribly rare and hard to find, especially in good condition.

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salleh
06-15-16, 04:25 PM
I took too long to edit this piece, which means that I lost about 8 images and their explanations, and am now hot and tired and tired of wrestling with photobucket ...so I will post the rest of the photos I tried to go with this thread ...sigh ....

qanda
06-15-16, 09:14 PM
Really cool looking!