Thursday, May 3, 2012

French Cut Steel

My latest jewelry passion is French Cut Steel.  These are the most amazing old metal beads!


The were popular in France in the late 1800's and were used to make purses and to embellish clothing. 


The trend made it's way to the USA and manufacturers started making them here.  But the quality wasn't as good.  The US beads tended to rust while the French beads didn't.




Not being one to do anything a little bit, I've been making necklaces with these beauties....not just one or two, but a whole bunch of necklaces!

 




All jewelry in my Etsy Shop.  All beads hoarded away really well!

5 comments:

Beth Twist said...

Mmm... yummy... How about loops of multi-colored beads like in the 5th picture, made into ear bobs? ;)

Kristen said...

REminds me of the Cut Steel Tiara owned by the Swedish crown. It's from the Napoleonic era. See an overview here (no affiliation, I'm just a fan of the site):
http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2011/08/tiara-thursday-cut-steel-tiara.html

Kathy Barrick said...

Thank you so much Kristen! What a great site!

Kathy

Kathy Barrick said...

And bobs they should be Beth!!

xoxox
Kathy

Marsi and the Rack boys said...

Hi Kathy. Wonderful page. I have had the honor of your business in my shop which I am grateful. Just wanted to let you know first picture on this page is not steel beads but Metallic Czech glass beads. Just wanted to let you know. It's fun to see some of the beads from my shop featured here. Come back and see me and I will discount any orders orders over $50.00. Thank you

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