Vintage reproduction and hard to find beading supplies

Chicago, Illinois · 625 Sales


Vintage reproduction and hard to find beading supplies

Chicago, Illinois 625 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Randy Struthers

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Garnet colored bugles on ruby slipper bows. Photo courtesy of new owner Matthew Lummus.
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Their magic must be very powerful...

I'm a 30 something year old in the Chicago suburbs. I work full time as a librarian and spend much of my free time researching the ruby slippers from the 1939 MGM film "The Wizard of Oz." My research has focused on different things, from matching up where the known pairs were used in the movie, searching for lost pairs, studying how gelatin sequins from the 1930's age, getting in contact with family members of costumers who worked for MGM and the 1970 auctioneers, examining close up photos of the original slippers for hours on end -- and that's just the beginning of the list.

My passion for the shoes led me to begin making replicas in my early teen years using different methods of attaching the sequins. In my 20's I began practicing hand sewing sequins and devised multiple ways of doing so that worked for me.

When making replicas, I soon found that supply costs were substantially more than I originally anticipated. Sets of 6 plastic stones were being sold for $20.00, because only a select few people knew where to find them. Replica Innes Shoe Company labels were only available if you wanted to spend $25.00 on each one. While I have no plans to bulk produce shoes, I didn't want to spend several hundred dollars for a few sets of supplies. I began a quest to have my supplies made for me at a bulk price - and because minimum order quantities are usually more than I could ever use in a lifetime, I decided to start selling my extras. I am now pleased to say I can help replica slipper makers create a more affordable pair of reproductions, and with substantially more accurate supplies. For example, my most recent offering of art deco glass gems are the closest ruby slipper stones available today. They're made from real glass, and for less money than the plastic stones were being sold for a few years ago by other sellers.

If you're looking for ruby slipper supplies or have questions about the shoes - you've come to the right place!

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    Jewelry maker and metal worker

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  • Shapeways

    New York, NY

    3D printing service

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Last updated on May 1, 2018
Welcome to DreamerOfOz on Etsy. International customers, please convo me for your order as I will need to set up a custom listing with accurate shipping charges.

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I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
As I try to accurately describe and represent my items with multiple photographs, I am unable to accept returns. Most items are shipped with insurance, with the exception of international orders, so in the event of loss by the post office, those items can be replaced using the insurance payment from the postal service.
Direct Pay or Paypal. Payment is required at the time of purchase. Once submitted, orders can not be canceled as they are filled almost immediately.
Shipping via USPS Priority Mail small flat rate boxes in the US for most orders. For shoes, Priority Mail medium or large rate boxes are used. Replica Innes labels are sent via USPS First Class letter.

I do not accept international orders without being contacted to set up a special listing. This will allow me to accurately charge the correct shipping costs for the specific items in the order. International orders are sent as International First Class parcel. Customs papers are declared as purchased, I will not mark anything as a "gift." Please note that customs can prevent an item from being delivered in a reasonable amount of time, and I do not accept responsibility for delays, as they are outside of my control. You may also be subject to customs fee, which are your responsibility. Please research your customs and import fees before purchasing.