squirrelnuts

Vintage or Customized Stampings & Supplies. Handmade Gifts

Rhode Island, United States · 17798 Sales

squirrelnuts

Vintage or Customized Stampings & Supplies. Handmade Gifts

Rhode Island, United States 17798 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(5937)
Shop owner

Julie

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Announcement   ✿✿ Welcome to Squirrelnuts. The TABLE OF CONTENTS below gives a simple overview of each Shop Section! You can also use the search bar for an easy search of a specific item.

✿ CUSTOM FRENCH WIRE
This section is full of leaves, birds & ornaments with wire attached. You can use French Wired Stampings to add a detail to a wreath or floral arrangement. The fine wired pieces are great for beading! Wire add-ons can be requested for most stampings in my shop.

✿ BOTANICAL FLOWERS & LEAF
All kinds of flower stampings and floral beads. Leaves & botanical garden specimens can be found here.

✿ FOREST FLORA & FERNS
Trees, twigs, branches, oak leaves, maple leaves, ferns and mushrooms. Anything that might grow in the forest or fairy garden, and large scale botanical specimens.

✿ FRUIT, VEGETABLES & GRAIN
Pears, strawberries, pineapples, oranges, bananas, cherries, grapes, raspberries and blackberries. Peas, corn and wheat.

✿ ANIMALS & MAMMALS, LARGE & SMALL
Mammals, wild or tame! Dogs, cats, raccoons, beaver, lions, tigers, brown bears, panda bears, leopards, rhinoceros, armadillo, giraffe, zebra, donkeys, moose, deer, elk, buffalo, cows, steer, pigs, goats, rams, sheep, elephants, rabbits, fox, horses, monkeys, bats, wolves, camels, hedge hogs, kangaroo and squirrels.

✿ BIRDS, BEES & CREATURES
Birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians and mollusks. BIRDS-parrots, baby chicks, roosters, hummingbirds, eagles, owls, barn swallow, swans, feathers, robins, stork, ducks, blue birds, pheasants, geese, peacock, love birds and doves. INSECTS- Honey bees, bumble bees, ants, butterflies, dragonflies, cicada, hornets, beetles, spiders, spider webs and lady bugs. REPTILES-Lizards, turtles, alligator and garden snakes. AMPHIBIANS- frogs, salamanders. MOLLUSKS- snails.

✿ FISH, SEASHORE & SHELLS
Fish, carp, sunfish, bass, trout, goldfish, starfish & swordfish. Sea turtles, sea shells, crabs, oysters, clams, scallops and conch. Whales , dolphins & walrus. Shore birds- seagulls, flamingos, penguins and pelicans. Palm trees, mermaids, seaweed, boats, fishing poles, fish hooks, anchors, oars & lighthouses.

✿ BORDERS, BEZELS & FRAMES
Banners, photo corners, lockets, borders, decorative edging, beveled glass, frame channels & frame fronts. Brass ribbons & bows. Bezels for cabochons, and tiny frames for vignettes. This is a great section to browse if scrapbooking, framing or settings are your thing.

✿ OLD WORLD, VICTORIAN & GOTH
Traditional, classical motifs from old world times. Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Neo-classical, Renaissance, Victorian, Baroque, Rococo & architecture inspired elements, Crowns, brass cameos, columns, medieval weapons, torches, knights, shields, gargoyles & castles.

✿ MYTHOLOGY, GODS & NYMPHS
Dragons, lion griffons, Buddha, faeries, nymphs, Cherubs, putti, angels & angel wings. Greek gods, Pan, Neptune & Pegasus, Egyptian icons, scarabs and Pharaohs. Astrological symbols, celestial symbols, unicorns, religious medallions & crosses.

✿ FILIGREE & BRASS LACE
Pierced brass lace, ajoure cut-out ornaments and filigree.

✿ NOVELTY & MISCELLANEOUS BITS
Miscellaneous bits from Mardis Gras masks to musical instruments. Bicycles, coins, people, fans, hearts, horse shoes, cars, ballerinas, ski poles, Marie Antionette, Native American motifs, skulls, peace symbols, bows, cowboy hats, scissors, tiny silverware, hot air balloons and airplanes. So much to list!

✿ FLORAL BEADS & CHAIN
Decorative chain by the foot, baubles, glass balls, flower beads, beads and charms.

✿ MINIATURES, GIFTS & JEWELRY
Tin castings, animal figurines, hat pins, letter openers and jewelry. All hand crafted by Squirrelnuts!

CUSTOM REQUESTS are welcome!
✿ Electroplating. There is a $200 minimum for specialty plating. Single piece plating can also be piggy backed with my plating schedule.
✿ French wire add-ons. Price based on wire length.
✿ Extra holes for .25 each.

SQUIRRELNUTS SUPPLIES are cast or stamped from high quality, nickel-free brass or pewter. All stampings are from original sources and are made in America, France or Germany. Have you ever wondered about the differences between stampings & castings?

STAMPINGS are made by striking a flat sheet of raw brass between two shaped pieces of steel called a die. The positive and negative shapes of the die create a 2 dimensional, flat backed or shell backed piece. Since dies rarely wear out, most of the dies used to make the stampings for Squirrelnuts are antique and many of my stampings are vintage strikes. The raw brass, vintage strikes offered have darkened with age and can be brightened with polishing. Newer strikes from original, antique dies can be ordered in multiple sets. If an item in the shop looks like gold, but costs a lot less, it is most likely just new or polished brass!

CASTINGS ~The method of casting I use is called centrifugal casting. A piece is formed by pouring melted pewter into a two part, vulcanized rubber mold and then spinning the mold in a centrifugal casting machine. The centrifical force of the spinning machine pushes the hot metal out into every corner of the rubber mold. Since the rubber of the mold is soft, and the shape of the mold can be deep, you can make larger, 2D or 3D pieces with it! There is even a tiny allowance for undercuts, which means the items can be a little more dynamic in form.

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Last updated on Jun 26, 2016

✿✿ Welcome to Squirrelnuts. The TABLE OF CONTENTS below gives a simple overview of each Shop Section! You can also use the search bar for an easy search of a specific item.

✿ CUSTOM FRENCH WIRE
This section is full of leaves, birds & ornaments with wire attached. You can use French Wired Stampings to add a detail to a wreath or floral arrangement. The fine wired pieces are great for beading! Wire add-ons can be requested for most stampings in my shop.

✿ BOTANICAL FLOWERS & LEAF
All kinds of flower stampings and floral beads. Leaves & botanical garden specimens can be found here.

✿ FOREST FLORA & FERNS
Trees, twigs, branches, oak leaves, maple leaves, ferns and mushrooms. Anything that might grow in the forest or fairy garden, and large scale botanical specimens.

✿ FRUIT, VEGETABLES & GRAIN
Pears, strawberries, pineapples, oranges, bananas, cherries, grapes, raspberries and blackberries. Peas, corn and wheat.

✿ ANIMALS & MAMMALS, LARGE & SMALL
Mammals, wild or tame! Dogs, cats, raccoons, beaver, lions, tigers, brown bears, panda bears, leopards, rhinoceros, armadillo, giraffe, zebra, donkeys, moose, deer, elk, buffalo, cows, steer, pigs, goats, rams, sheep, elephants, rabbits, fox, horses, monkeys, bats, wolves, camels, hedge hogs, kangaroo and squirrels.

✿ BIRDS, BEES & CREATURES
Birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians and mollusks. BIRDS-parrots, baby chicks, roosters, hummingbirds, eagles, owls, barn swallow, swans, feathers, robins, stork, ducks, blue birds, pheasants, geese, peacock, love birds and doves. INSECTS- Honey bees, bumble bees, ants, butterflies, dragonflies, cicada, hornets, beetles, spiders, spider webs and lady bugs. REPTILES-Lizards, turtles, alligator and garden snakes. AMPHIBIANS- frogs, salamanders. MOLLUSKS- snails.

✿ FISH, SEASHORE & SHELLS
Fish, carp, sunfish, bass, trout, goldfish, starfish & swordfish. Sea turtles, sea shells, crabs, oysters, clams, scallops and conch. Whales , dolphins & walrus. Shore birds- seagulls, flamingos, penguins and pelicans. Palm trees, mermaids, seaweed, boats, fishing poles, fish hooks, anchors, oars & lighthouses.

✿ BORDERS, BEZELS & FRAMES
Banners, photo corners, lockets, borders, decorative edging, beveled glass, frame channels & frame fronts. Brass ribbons & bows. Bezels for cabochons, and tiny frames for vignettes. This is a great section to browse if scrapbooking, framing or settings are your thing.

✿ OLD WORLD, VICTORIAN & GOTH
Traditional, classical motifs from old world times. Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Neo-classical, Renaissance, Victorian, Baroque, Rococo & architecture inspired elements, Crowns, brass cameos, columns, medieval weapons, torches, knights, shields, gargoyles & castles.

✿ MYTHOLOGY, GODS & NYMPHS
Dragons, lion griffons, Buddha, faeries, nymphs, Cherubs, putti, angels & angel wings. Greek gods, Pan, Neptune & Pegasus, Egyptian icons, scarabs and Pharaohs. Astrological symbols, celestial symbols, unicorns, religious medallions & crosses.

✿ FILIGREE & BRASS LACE
Pierced brass lace, ajoure cut-out ornaments and filigree.

✿ NOVELTY & MISCELLANEOUS BITS
Miscellaneous bits from Mardis Gras masks to musical instruments. Bicycles, coins, people, fans, hearts, horse shoes, cars, ballerinas, ski poles, Marie Antionette, Native American motifs, skulls, peace symbols, bows, cowboy hats, scissors, tiny silverware, hot air balloons and airplanes. So much to list!

✿ FLORAL BEADS & CHAIN
Decorative chain by the foot, baubles, glass balls, flower beads, beads and charms.

✿ MINIATURES, GIFTS & JEWELRY
Tin castings, animal figurines, hat pins, letter openers and jewelry. All hand crafted by Squirrelnuts!

CUSTOM REQUESTS are welcome!
✿ Electroplating. There is a $200 minimum for specialty plating. Single piece plating can also be piggy backed with my plating schedule.
✿ French wire add-ons. Price based on wire length.
✿ Extra holes for .25 each.

SQUIRRELNUTS SUPPLIES are cast or stamped from high quality, nickel-free brass or pewter. All stampings are from original sources and are made in America, France or Germany. Have you ever wondered about the differences between stampings & castings?

STAMPINGS are made by striking a flat sheet of raw brass between two shaped pieces of steel called a die. The positive and negative shapes of the die create a 2 dimensional, flat backed or shell backed piece. Since dies rarely wear out, most of the dies used to make the stampings for Squirrelnuts are antique and many of my stampings are vintage strikes. The raw brass, vintage strikes offered have darkened with age and can be brightened with polishing. Newer strikes from original, antique dies can be ordered in multiple sets. If an item in the shop looks like gold, but costs a lot less, it is most likely just new or polished brass!

CASTINGS ~The method of casting I use is called centrifugal casting. A piece is formed by pouring melted pewter into a two part, vulcanized rubber mold and then spinning the mold in a centrifugal casting machine. The centrifical force of the spinning machine pushes the hot metal out into every corner of the rubber mold. Since the rubber of the mold is soft, and the shape of the mold can be deep, you can make larger, 2D or 3D pieces with it! There is even a tiny allowance for undercuts, which means the items can be a little more dynamic in form.

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Rings For Your Fingers
US$2.50
Rings or Connector
US$2.50
Ribbon with Wheat Frame front
US$3.00
Floral FRAME KIT with Channel
US$3.00
Victorian Style Keyhole Frame Kit
US$3.00
Fancy Tulip Beads Snowy Silver ( 1 pc)
US$3.00
Thistle Embossed Photo Frame Kit (1 pc)
US$3.00
Leaf Vine Connector Brass
US$3.00
Large Jay Bird Stamping (1 pc)
US$3.00
Medium Brass Beetles (1 pc )
US$3.25
3D Brass Spiders ( 1 pc)
US$3.25
Flexible Frond Leaf
US$3.25
Leaf Vine Connector Sterling Silver Plate
US$3.50
Lovely Long Legged Giraffe Silver (1 pc)
US$3.50
Vintage Dutch Dancers (1 pc)
US$3.50
Fairy Wings Dragonfly (1 pc)
US$3.50
Victorian Yellow Bee (1 pc)
US$3.50
Vintage Snow or Sweet Pea ( 1 pc)
US$3.75
Hopping Rabbit Sterling Silver Plate (1 pc)
US$3.75
Tulip Petal Bead Cap (2 pc )
US$3.75
Vintage Wing Feathers (1 pc)
US$3.75
Large Brass Beetles (1 pc)
US$3.75
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(5937)
slipperykate

slipperykate on Jul 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous! And purchased from a very helpful seller. Thank you!

Judy Gerard Thomson

Judy Gerard Thomson on Jul 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Lovely pieces, great for mounting on miniature furniture. Thanks!

Judy Gerard Thomson

Judy Gerard Thomson on Jul 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

What great little critters! Thanks, these are perfect.

Judy Gerard Thomson

Judy Gerard Thomson on Jul 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

These are wonderful. Love'em. Thank you so much.

Judy Gerard Thomson

Judy Gerard Thomson on Jul 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

A spectacular piece. Many thanks!

Lydia Harter

Lydia Harter on Jul 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

My father in law loved this! He mentioned "the dove being a nice touch." May I inquire what that might have been? Thanks!

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Updates

Hats off to Lisa from Milolii Love for designing such beautiful arm candy with our pineapples! You can visit Lisa's shop at miloliilove.com.

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Hospitality Pineapple (3 pc)
US$6.75
Fruit loving flies or garden bugs for crafting.

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Small Insect Fruit Bug ( 3 pc)
US$5.00
I just love the way Isabel from purplenightorgone used my scarabs in her design! The ruby-red background really brings out the gold tones of the brass beetle.

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Small Rounded Beetle Scarab (2 pc)
US$5.50
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About

My Art & That Which Inspires

Among my favorite things are the everyday objects & imagery that I live with. I love the quality that only time can impress upon things made in the past, and try to bring those elements into my own work any way I can.

My studio is in a historic mill that has functioned to make civil war cloth, staples and most recently, acted as host to over 30 artist studios. My furnishings are primitive and my tools, archaic. They lend themselves perfectly to my rough attempts to replicate the objects that inspire me most.

So much that I know about art was learned at Tyler School of Art where I earned a degree in art education and got to finish my last semester of studies at their branch in Rome.

After college, I was lucky enough to get a job working for a New York based costume jewelry designer, where I furthered my education by manufacturing jewelry for him. As a young designer, some of my jewelry designs made their way to prominent store fronts such as Bergdorff Goodmans and Sax Fifth Ave.

But the best part of my job has always been working with the old finding houses that were established in the late 19th century and early 20th century. This is where I began to collect, what is now a treasure trove of metal stampings that range from architectural scale on down to the most detailed jewelry finding.

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  • Julie Munafo

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Photography, Pewter Frames, Jewelry

    I am a lifelong artist and love painting, food activism, seeing the world and being outdoors. Whether writing poetry, knitting, playing music or growing food, I am willing to try just about any inspiring medium.

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Last updated on November 12, 2015
Welcome to Squirrelnuts. I would love to help you with your jewelry design or metal crafting needs. Do you need help finding a certain stamping or want a hole drilled in a specific spot? How do you want to finish your raw brass findings?

Squirrelnuts ♥'s to help!

DO use Etsy Convos to ask away!

Please DON'T contact me through email- I use my email for administrative purposes only.

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
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Shipping upgrades are listed in my shop- use keywords for "Priority" or "Express" in the search bar to find them. Express is the only shipping method that USPS guarantees. If you need an express shipment, please verify that the items are in stock before ordering.

Most items ship within 1-5 days. Large orders or customized orders that include soldering, drilling or electroplating can take longer. Custom plating can take up to 3 weeks.
Refunds and Exchanges
Your Five Star Satisfaction is guaranteed!

If the item isn't all you dreamed it would be, you may return it for the item price only within one week. Please convo me before leaving anything less than a full, five star review for an item, so that we can figure out what to do to make you happy!

Please DON'T contact me through email- I use my email for administrative purposes only.