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steampunk and vintage style retractable ribbon lanyards

I'm experimenting with adding embellishments to badge holders which come with a retractable ribbon lanyard. Right now, I don't know how they'd hold up under different types of use - could be a bit delicate for anything but very occasional stress-free use. These are prototypes right now.

 

The top one is the "steampunk" style idea using tiny watch parts and a tiny glass 'gem' from an old re-cycled costume jewelry brooch. I will need to seal that one before it could be used.

 

The other two use brass filigree some glass gems from the same re-cycled costume jewelry brooch. The one on the right has chain and a dangling Swarovski crystal and a bead cap on the ribbon retractor bead. The other one is just one filigree and two little glass gems. I show an un-embellished badge holder with the ribbon (16" on a side) pulled out. There's a button on the back of the holder for releasing and retracting the ribbon.

 

I'll probably replace the silver jumpring that came on the holder with an antiqued gold one and maybe add a dangle...

 

I'd love to hear your impressions...

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Taken on February 13, 2009