I enjoying going to thrift stores.
It's the thrill of the find and the creativity of 'what could I make from this?' that intrigues me.
In a recent trip I came across this set of 2 copper cookie cutters. Additionally, a dictionary and a nursery rhyme book I can use for altered art and the coolest prize of all... a completely intact craft kit from the 1970's.
|Old but not antique...|
|Nice illustrations to use|
|A pic taken of the instructions copyright, 1976......|
The kit had all the pieces! A few wooden parts, wires, sea shells, even the original petrified glue tube, but the best part was the spool of copper wire and a sheet of brass! For $2.58 I had to give it a shot.
I cut out some squares and rounded the corners, filed the edges and ran the brass through my Cuttle bug to add designs.
I'm a big fan of the salt and ammonia method of adding a sapphire blue patina to brass. I first learned of this through a short tutorial from Melinda Orr at Artisan Whimsy and I have used it often since then.
After 24 hours in the patina, a rinsing, drying and bit of relief sanding and a couple of holes punched.
I came up with these light weight and fanciful earrings. I do plan to make more to sell, but in an uncharacteristic move....these are a treat just for me.
Thanks for stopping by my thrifting adventure. Have a great weekend!