Thursday, 17 March 2011

Keys

I'm writing this short post in order to link up with White Lily Green's lovely new blog feature - Handmade Thursday.

Pop on over to see all the lovely makes that are linked up.

Inspire Me Beautiful

I'm finding it a very good motivator to try and reclaim some time to be creative, and attempt something more challenging than crayon colouring and hand-printing with Ruby.

Gently, gently, I thought I'd share with you these 'pictures' I made recently.

Always a fan of vintage / antiques / upcycling I was very pleased to find a bunch of filthy, rusty old keys at a boot sale.  I love old keys. The mystery around what secrets they hid, what doors they unlocked, who carried them...

I gave them a quick going over with a wire brush, hung them on the washing line suspended from string, and blasted them with a can of black hammerite spray paint.

When dry, they were glued and mounted into box frames.




Not the most arduous of hand-makes, in fact I'm not even sure it counts as craft, but they now hang proudly on the wall under my staircase. I love them and I hope you like them too.


11 comments:

  1. Wow, these are gorgeous Liz, you really are very clever xx

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  2. They look fab - where are your box frames from? x

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  3. Thank you lovelies.

    Lakota, I hunted high and low for box frames, searched on ebay and they were very expensive. I tracked some down in the sale in British Home Stores of all places, but on my recent trip to Ikea I discovered they sell shed-loads of them. Much cheaper too! x

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  4. Wow, what an effective way to use keys, I love them. I share your fondness for keys, and once had an impressive collection of ornate old keys...must be in one of those boxes floating in the ether since moving three times!x

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  5. Those are really lovely! Love the frames too - you are so clever! Thanks for linking up sweetie x

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  6. I got over my phobia of Superglue (after once sticking my fingers together!) and used that ;0)

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  7. Oh love them Liz. I made some similar ones with glasses (the ones you wear) in once. Like your keys better!

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  8. Lovely idea! It's like you have the keys to a secret door up there or something :O)

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