Sunday, January 4, 2009

Charming Keys










Laddie Charm


















Lassie Charm








The Awfully Big Art Adventure theme this week is "absolutely charming."  I love to use cast-off keys for charms and dangly bits. For these: I first stained the metal with alcohol inks, then adhered vintage german collage elements, spruced them up with a little extra vintage glitter, then used twisted and twirled up wire with beads to make them into dangly things. I have a window that has odd things hanging to catch the light - I think I'll hang them there.

13 comments:

Rosie said...

Oh wow Kimmie, these are fabulous! I'd never have thought of using keys like this. Love the way you've coloured them - thanks for joining in our challenge!
Love
Rosie ABAA
PS What gauge/weight of wire do you use?

Kimmie said...

It's pretty thin - I'm not sure of the gauge. It was actually an already coiled piece of wire from a bead shop - I just stretched it out and added some fresh twists after threading beads on it.

p.s. don't tell, but your challenge is just about my fav!

Linda said...

I love this idea Kimmie - you clever girl! Now I want to go searching for old keys!
Great work - so glad you joined in with us.
Hugs
Linda

J and Z said...

these are just delightful!!!

Jendy said...

I couldn't have even imagined that you could do this to keys! Just stunning.
Jendy

Jaqi said...

Wow, jaw dropping open here! What a stunning pair of charms, What a creation they are wonderful, Well Done, Jaqi

Anonymous said...

Kimmie..these are just fabulous! What an artistic mind you have.
Mrs Noofy

Sue at Stampndaly said...

Very cool!!Wish I had some old keys to use.

ooglebloops said...

Yet another really clever idea for old keys!!! Love the lassie!!!

Kris Dickinson said...

Kim these are just too cool for words! SO original!

Kimmie said...

I am so honored to have such comments! There is something essential about a key .... and it doesn't HAVE to be an antique one! I hope I've inspired yet another item to save and not send to the landfill ;)

indybev said...

Kimmie -- these are clever beyond clever! I've never seen keys used in such a way EVER! I love the idea. Standing ovation!!!!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Oh WOWEE Kimmie! Your keys are so original and fabulous! Really inspiring!