Tuesday, 16 July 2013

The Roaring Twenties!

When I was 8 yrs old, my great aunt showed me some of the beaded purses she had carried in her young adult years--which probably would have been the late 1920s. I had always hoped to have one of her little purses, but having been taught not to ask, I never mentioned my desire, and later she probably gave them to a church rummage sale. The fascination for little evening bags has remained with me throughout the years, so it just seemed natural for me to make a flapper purse tag.

I went online and found the perfect bag for a tag--this enameled mesh with metal fringe flappers' purse. I found a piece of cross stitch paper in my stash and drew the design on with markers.  I then heat-set clear, ultra-thick embossing powder to give it an enameled look. Next, I drew lines on with a micron pen to bring out the look of mesh and heated again. I cut and glued chain to the bottom and finished with a brass piece and chain for the top of the purse. I'm pleased with the result--wasn't sure it would work.  Now I just have to go and get all the glue off my fingers!






21 comments:

  1. That looks amazing! I thought I was looking at one of those beaded purses--which I also covet. I was at the Titanic museum last year, and they had a beaded purse on display that had belonged to one of the survivors and she took it on lifeboat with her...I just kept going back to look at it--I love those purses. You are so creative!

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  2. Sensational! I know what you mean about not asking for things, but I learned to go ahead and ask! The owner might not have any idea someone is interested.

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  3. It looks so real. What a fabulous job you did on your flapper purse! Truly genius.

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  4. Even though I know the purse is not beaded, it looks SO beaded. Fabulous!! Don't you just want to open it and see what's inside?

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  5. Your tag is fabulous, love it!
    Amy

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  6. It looks like real thing and you have made it so well.

    Chrissie

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  7. This is amazing - one of the very best I have seen. Thanks for sharing the technique in detail.

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  8. This is a brilliant tag, I agree with the others, it looks real! X

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  9. Wow -- this is amazing!

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  10. I love, love, love your 20's faux beaded purse. Blessings!

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  11. Amazing.. WOW...Love it Fantastic work... Hugs May x x x

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  12. WHAT a CLEVER idea!! This is amazing! Carolyn xx

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  13. Wow and Double WOW!! This is fabulous work Laura. I actually thought it was a real beaded purse at first. Bravo! :0)

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  14. Wonderful take on the beautiful evening purses from that era. I myself have 3 from that time period. They were my Grandmothers.

    They are extremely heavy for such a tiny little bag....lol.

    Happy Crafting
    Tracie

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  15. What patience you must have to have drawn the design on this. It's fabulous, and a great idea.

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  16. What a fabulous job! You are very talented.
    Patti

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  17. Perfectly iconic and so much work has gone into it.
    Sue xxx

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  18. Fantastic concept so beautifully reproduced - what a stunning tag (no it's not just a tag - it's an art work!)

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  19. Thanks so much, everyone, for this great encouragement. I always start out wondering if an idea will work, and sometimes I'm really surprised by what comes out! It seems so out of my control. Creativity feels like a connection with the divine... Do you ever feel that way?

    Laura

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