Artisan Spotlight: Janette Schuster Just some spoons full of sugar!

The above pieces were sent to us from the talented Janette Schuster  of VisualApothecary.

The projects in Janette’s words make me want to hunt for some vintage teaspoons and if I don’t say so myself, these projects are yummier than sugar!

I had been hoarding my favorite copper and silver flower stampings that you sent me before, and realized there is no time like the present to use them (they aren’t in your new catalogue, but hopefully, you still carry them so I can order more).  I loved your glass domes, and realized they fit perfectly in vintage aluminum measuring spoons, so I decided to use the spoons as my bezels.

The copper and silver piece is both a pin and pendant, and it includes a photo of my grandfather Schuster from WWI. (Note that I purposely used some of your flowers right-side-up and some up-side-down, depending on which side’s shape and patina/finish worked best with the design.) I love the way the photo beneath the round class dome looks like a moon face. I definitely want to make more of these pins.

The other piece is a pendent that includes a 1950s high school photo of my Mom. I cut into the bowl of the spoon with a jeweler’s saw to create prongs and set the glass dome like a cabochon.  Also, I drilled holes in one of the flowers so it could serve as the connector bar for the chain.

I plan to experiment with the Gel du Soleil as soon as I can get my hands on a UV lamp, and I’m still working on an idea to set a glass dome in a silver teaspoon. But for now, thanks for the inspiration!

Janette, thank you for the inspiration!!


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3 thoughts on “Artisan Spotlight: Janette Schuster Just some spoons full of sugar!

  1. JeaneMargherite says:

    This is a wonderful way to use reclaimed products! I’m very intrigued, and looking forward to playing with some of the spoons I have in my studio!! Thanks for the inspriation!!

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