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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Scraps. . . continued

I didn't think Nathalie would mind if I picked up on her "scraps" idea. Her recent post really gave me pause. It was a good challenge for me, to pay attention to what I'm throwing away or simply tossing aside, without giving thought to what it might become rather than trash. I recycle many things in different areas of life, but I am quick to pitch loose odds and ends without thinking about it. The opportunity came up very soon.

The first pair is made from a small piece of tin I still have left from a vintage container. So in a way they're scraps. . . . but they're not really the pair that in my mind were made from scraps. :) The scraps are the second pair.

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These were made from what was left after cutting out the teardrop shapes in the first pair of earrings. It took some Dremel work to get the shapes nicely edged, inside and out. They were not joined at the top; that was where I made the first cut to begin the teardrop shape. I used a brass metal coating on the backs. They are too narrow for me to try to apply the backing I regularly use. 

I punched holes at the top of both ends. I used an aqua/green dye-oxide on vintage steel wavy disks. ***For whatever reason, those appear much deeper and brighter a color than they actually are. Strange. . . . as everything else is quite accurate. I tried lightening the photos at one point trying to soften the color. But the disks are simply not that bright.*** 

Using waxed Irish linen, I strung a single coral Czech glass bead and put both ends of the linen through the center hole in the disk, then one end through each hole in the tin, then knotting it. Pulling the strands tight caused the tin to bow ever so slightly and it looks great that way. Gives it a little bit of depth.

 I considered leaving the entire empty space empty after having tried at least two dozen different things to hang. Nothing worked. It was an odd feeling. I had all this empty space and couldn't fill it. It was baffling, actually. Frustrating too. I am not opposed to leaving empty space. Often it is what I would rather do, but in this situation I felt they really needed something.

I hung them up after finishing and left them as is. Later in the day I was looking for something for another project and stumbled on these Vintage very thin brass-plated findings. They worked, so I left them on. They are attached with waxed linen also, wrapped around the backs of the disk.

So my thanks to Nathalie for her post the other day, for making me stop to think about what I was throwing away, and giving me a new way to look at bits and pieces.

 Thank you for stopping in! I'll be back the 1st of August. Hope you are all enjoying the summer.

norbel
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8 comments:

  1. Very Nice. I love the 'scrap' idea. I need to pay closer attention to what I might be able to use in another project as well. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! I really do appreciate your feedback. They really are nicer than the picture. . . . :) And I'm with you, need to pay more attention to it. I bet we'll both come up with some fun new ideas along the way. Again, thank you, Lisa, for taking the time to comment.

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  2. These are stunning Norbel ❤️❤️❤️ Loving the scraps idea too :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Suhana! I appreciate it. Yes. . . Scraps! Thank you!

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  3. Love these both and the whole idea of using scraps.

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  4. Scraps are good!!! Both pair are beautiful!! I'd love to find a beautiful vintage tin!

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  5. Love, love, love!!! Both designs are exquisite my dear! So glad you decided to continue on the Scraps theme! xoxo

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  6. Thank you for sharing the post and both earrings. Thanks to Nathalie and you I am looking at scraps in a whole different way. I don't have much metal scraps, but lots and lots of ribbon, felt etc. Your earrings are beautiful, especially the scrap pair. The tiny brass thingy works well in that space :0

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