Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Faux Vintage Tin

Tin has become increasingly popular and recently I have discovered artists that are making their own! 

Faux tin cicada charms featuring original drawings by Heather Powers.  Heather has workshops where she teaches this craft.  I've been lucky to attend some and it's a fascinating process. It can be quite a labor intensive with all the cutting and filing but with the help of Jess, her husband, they make the most beautifully finished pieces which are smooth like butter.

 Teal lampwork glass with 24k gold leaf and very old ornate vintage chain dangling from the bottom.  Oh, this chain - can we all just pause and appreciate this for a moment - ahh.  I've never been able to get my hands on more, but I'm always searching!

Charms made from salvaged tin embellished with vintage decals by Marina Rios.  Marina has a completely different approach which is partially done over a flame!  She has a wonderful tutorial you can purchase in her Etsy shop.  I've attached a link to name above.

I paired these lovely woodland charms with some roughed up connectors and added small touches of gold leafing to bring out the detail.  I added some long chain with crystals attached at the bottom for some weight, movement, and sparkle.

Oh, and I almost forgot to show you the backs!  Butterflies!  Beautiful on both sides!

So that's me for today.  I'll be back in two weeks with another pair of tin charms and perhaps some enamel :D  Try to contain yourselves...Hahaha!

Loralee xo


  1. Oh! That second pair is just so mysterious! I love that the back is as pretty as the front. I adore Heather's faux tin. I have taken that class twice and I think I am getting the hang of it now. One more time in the class and I might become a master! Hahaha! Enjoy the day! Erin

  2. Beautiful earrings----and I have to agree with you about the chain. I have never seen chain quite like that but it is gorgeous!

  3. Loralee, beautiful and distinctive earrings!

  4. Loralee, your work always surprises and inspires. I love love what you did with the chain in the first pair. Both pairs are amazing.

  5. Thank you Loralee. I have been looking for a faux tin tutorial for so long as my own experiments did not work out. It is a pity that Heather doesnt sell hers. So I am happy to find that there is another artist who offers it

  6. Wow thanks for the mention! Also my shop is ❤️❤️