At the beginning of August, I had a huge burst of inspiration and creative energy and produced a grouping of candy-colored necklaces. These are up-cycled from old costume jewelry, like most of the jewelry I make.
I love making jewelry from unexpected materials, and, if you haven't noticed by now, I'm a little obsessed with vintage wallpaper. This project combines vintage wallpaper and chandelier crystals which makes it right up my alley!
You are going to need chandelier crystals that are somewhat flat on one side. Most of them are. You are also going to need some vintage wallpaper, although pretty scrapbook paper or wrapping paper would also work for this project. Other alternatives include laser jet copies of pretty postcard images, trade card images, or other pendant-worthy images you would like to use.
Materials and Tools Needed:
Chains with ready-made clasps or pieces of ribbon
Sandpaper and emery board
Using the pencil, trace around the crystal onto the wallpaper over the area you want to use for your pendant. Cut it out with the scissors:
Apply Mod Podge directly over the front of the paper.
With your fingers, press the paper to smooth it out, removing excess glue and air bubbles. Let dry.
Once dry, use sandpaper and/or emery board to obtain a clean edge around the crystal. Coat the back of the paper with Mod Podge and let dry.
Insert the pinch bail through the hole in the crystal and add your chain and clasp. Here are what pinch bails look like (below). I order mine on Etsy. You will need to measure the length between the hole in your crystal to the edge of the crystal to find the size of pinch bail you need. Most crystals will require a long pinch bail:
I've made a variety of sizes and shapes:
If you have more advanced jewelry-making skills, you can add some fancy components to your chain:
You could also string your pendant on a pretty ribbon instead of a chain if you want a more feminine look:
You'll want to make a lot of these. Some for you, some for gifts!
One of my goals this summer was to get out all of my unframed prints and frame them with the large stash of vintage frames I've collected. I've also purchased vintage glass that fit most of the frames so they have authentic old wavy glass. Before I framed some of the prints, I took pictures of the prints to share with you.
I bought a series of great looking prints that were early 1900's menswear advertising. The figures have a distinctive bold black outline that's often associated with the Arts and Crafts style:
Just a couple days ago I was complaining about the lack of good estate sales in my area, then suddenly things made a drastic turnaround! I just returned from an awesome sale, one that I actually got in line for a number at 7:00 a.m. ( I haven't done that in a long, long time). What made this particular sale so great? It was packed to the gills with advertising tins, something that sells well in each of the three antique malls where I sell antiques as well as my Etsy shop.
Besides tins, I bought framed sheet music that had lovely ladies as the topic. As I unloaded my items, I set up little vignettes to show you my haul. Here are several talc and face powder tins:
Compared to other years, this summer hasn't been all that great for finding antiques. The estate sales have been mediocre and there haven't been many great auctions. I hope this situation changes soon, and it certainly might. But I have found a few treasures here and there, and so has my brother, who gets to some auctions I don't attend. He picked up the cast iron Southern belle doorstop for me recently, as a matter of fact. I love old doorstops.....
If you've been reading my blog for any period of time, you know how much I love vintage wallpaper. I've used it in a variety of craft projects and keep a Pinterest board of ideas using it that you might like to visit.
Today I'm going to show you how I use vintage wallpaper to dress up everyday terra cotta flower pots. Most of the time when I use old wallpaper, I suggest that scrapbook paper can be a good substitute, but for this project I recommend using pretty gift wrap paper as a substitute instead. I think scrapbook paper would be too stiff to work well. Vintage wallpaper, the kind that's not pre-pasted, is perfect for this project. It's somewhat brittle but very porous and adheres to the flower pots nicely.
Is there anything hotter than vintage Mason jars right now? It seems that they are popping up everywhere, from home decor to table centerpieces at weddings. They have been painted, distressed, used for candles, and covered in lace or burlap. Recently I found a box full of old cookbooks with some wonderful old graphics, including some for Ball Mason jars. I thought you would like to see the colorful old depictions of Mason jars doing what they were intended to do: canning fruits and vegetables.
I've been cleaning and organizing my craft room this summer, and part of the process has included straightening out fabric I've accumulated. I buy most of my fabric inexpensively at estate sales. I look for cotton mini-prints made in the 1960's and 70's. I've used these fabrics in several of my past craft projects, and today I have one more I'd like to share.
There are so many versions of fabric scrap garlands on blogs and Pinterest, I've been inspired to try one myself. Many of them involve looping fabric strips over a length of twine. The version I'm sharing today involves tying the fabric strips on a thick rope base. This results in a fluffier garland instead of a fringe-type garland.
Happy Wednesday, everyone! For those of you that regularly follow my blog, Wednesdays have been reserved for my educational posts which have included "Vintage Vocabulary" related to antique-related terms or "Show and Tell" posts exhibiting interesting items from the world of antiques and collectibles with a little background information included. I'm taking a little break from the regular posts for a while, and in the meantime, for today at least, I'm sharing some great old trade card images you can save and use in your own art projects or post on your blog or Facebook page.
I've posted a couple craft tutorials using fabric scraps, such as a fabric scrap wreath and fabric scrap brooches. Here is another project that uses small pieces of fabric. I like to use multiple pieces in the same color family, but you might want to use all the same color/fabric, or totally mix it up. It's all up to you! The bases are just painted terra cotta flower pots: