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Friday, December 10, 2010

Thimble Art II

Thimbles are known to have been used for ages. The earliest found thimble dates back to the 1st century AD. It was found in Pompeii and made out of bronze.

Although most thimbles are usually made from metal, they can also be found made out of leather, rubber, wood, glass, or china and in earlier days they were even made from whale bone, horn, ivory, marble, bog oak, or mother of pearl. It was until much later when thimbles were made out of silver and adorned with precious stones and diamonds.

The first thimble factory was established in 1693 by a Dutch thimble manufacturer named John Lofting in Islington, London, England. After moving to Buckinghamshire the factory produced over two million thimbles a year.

Thimbles are used to push needles through materials, but at one point they were used as love tokens and also became collectibles and a person collecting thimbles is also called a digitabulist.

Thimbles can also be used in jewelry making; I have seen bracelets made entirely out of thimbles, or with thimbles as charms. This necklace with a thimble as a pendant is highly unique, fashionable and stylish. It can be customized any way you would like.

This is just another possibility for which thimbles can be used, but there are many, many more!

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