Vintage reproduction and hard to find beading supplies

Plainfield, Illinois · 529 Sales


Vintage reproduction and hard to find beading supplies

Plainfield, Illinois 529 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Randy Struthers

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Randy Struthers

Black 1930's/1940's Suede and Leather Shoes
30 Vintage Reproduction Shield Glass Stones
Custom Made Extreme Aged Metallic Sequins
Metal Oz Inspired Pendant - choose your size
Black Silk Beaded Shoes
Custom Made Extra Thin Bugle Beads
1930s Art Deco Shoes with Ruby Slipper Heels
11ss Vintage Rose Montees 1930s/1940s
Antique Leather Shoes with Louis Heel
Hand beaded 1920's wedding shoe accents
Vintage Art Deco Stones - Foil Backed - Set of 6
Rare 1940s Innes Shoe Company Shoes
Bugle Beads - Your Choice of Color
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Custom made extra thin bugles adorn the bow of these replica ruby slippers.

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Custom Made Extra Thin Bugle Beads
Garnet colored bugles on ruby slipper bows. Photo courtesy of new owner Matthew Lummus.

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Bugle Beads - Your Choice of Color
A few pairs getting ready to head to the Smithsonian

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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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  • D Carter


    Jewelry maker and metal worker

Production partners

  • Shapeways

    New York, NY

    3D printing service

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Last updated on October 25, 2015

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Direct Pay or Paypal. Payment is required at the time of purchase. No sales taxes are collected. 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. Replica Innes labels are sent via USPS First Class letter for domestic orders and via First Class International letter for orders outside of the United States.

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.
Refunds and Exchanges
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.