Featured Enamel brooch + repair advice please

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by KSW, May 15, 2019.

  1. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Morning all, This lovely little brooch has come my way and I want to restore the damage.
    Any advice welcome please.
    @kyratango I know you are expert at this sort of thing!
    I need to repair the blue enamel and a chip in the green - I’ve got this paint- other than cleaning the brooch should I prepare the area in any way in order to try to recreate the original?
    What gems or stones would go well on the green flowers and round the outside?. I don’t want to glitz it up too much as I love it’s understated appearance.
    Any thoughts on its age or origins?
    Thankyou :)
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  2. Dawnno

    Dawnno Well-Known Member

    I'm eager to hear the results of this thread... might be really useful.
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  3. Sandra

    Sandra Well-Known Member

    Just in case @kyratango misses your post, there is a Facebook group, Restore Repair Repurpose Vintage Costume Jewelry with a wealth of information for just this type of restoration. It's a closed group, but easy to join, check out the files on the site, I'm sure you will find some really useful information.
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  4. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Thankyou :)
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  5. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It is lovely, KSW, and will look really gorgeous when it is polished and enameled.

    I'll leave the enamel advice to kyra, but as to the stones, I'd stick with that lovely lapis blue for the understated look.:) Maybe faceted to get some play of the light, but the same colour as the central cab.
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  6. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

    Toothpick... for applying the paint/enamel in tiny droplets!

    Very buzy for the moment with family at home... will have a look at the facebook group:joyful:
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  7. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    I’ve joined the FB group and got some ideas :)
    I’m using toothpicks thanks for your suggestion - they are brilliant!
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  8. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Thankyou. It’s very dirty so I’ll give it a wash but it’s quite fragile so OH needs to solder it back together.
    I was thinking something like this- ( The blue stone is a pointy back and it needs a flat back and the green is too small but you get the idea!
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  9. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    That would work for me.:) Still understated.;)
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