Melanie Dooley's Profile

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I've spent 25+ years working in business, mainly management roles in the travel industry and more recently in marketing communications. My day job can be creative, though mostly it's about working out ways to get things done, influencing people to get things done then reporting on the things I have done.

So I like to escape after hours to my antique world. I've been selling French antique jewelry & collectibles on Etsy since 2009, and also make antique assemblage jewelry that is collected by lovely customers around the world.

I started out in jewelry by admiring and collecting French brass stampings for hand book binding - a craft I learned from an artisan about 15 years ago.

I took my first trip to France in 1992, and have been back there more times than I can count. I lived there for a…

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  • Joined March 10, 2017

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Brass, French of course

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Eclectic French brass handmade jewelry &...

About

I've spent 25+ years working in business, mainly management roles in the travel industry and more recently in marketing communications. My day job can be creative, though mostly it's about working out ways to get things done, influencing people to get things done then reporting on the things I have done.

So I like to escape after hours to my antique world. I've been selling French antique jewelry & collectibles on Etsy since 2009, and also make antique assemblage jewelry that is collected by lovely customers around the world.

I started out in jewelry by admiring and collecting French brass stampings for hand book binding - a craft I learned from an artisan about 15 years ago.

I took my first trip to France in 1992, and have been back there more times than I can count. I lived there for a while in the late 1990s and consider the country my 2nd home - certainly the home of my heart. For decades I have collected French stampings, antique jewelry and fashion prints.

I can think of nothing I would rather do than bring you these wonderful pieces, made from antique tooling to the exacting standards of the artisans of the past.

I research what I sell and I strive to find the original designs in antique form - many of which I have sold over the years, or which I hold in my collection. The pieces I sell now are new components made from old tooling - they are in general not antique or even vintage. I work hard to offer an antique styled version, but I would never call these pieces 'old' - they are not. When looking for antique or vintage brass stampings & components, please do your homework.

When I am not at work or working on my Etsy stores you can find me running through my local parks, cycling with my husband, walking my mini poodle or enjoying the lush retreat where I live in tropical Brisbane. I also design art stamps and make whimsical digital collages in Photoshop.

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