Monday, May 28, 2012

Altered Keys.

I recently entered the altered keys swap over on Tee's blog The Altered Paper.
The idea was to alter 2 old keys (Minimum 2" long) and send out to two different  partners.
We had a box full of over 50 keys which we had found whilst clearing out FIL's house last year. We never did find which locks they fitted but I kept them as I thought they would get used up in my crafting.




 First thing to do was to make them shabby looking so I gave them a coat of black acrylic artists 'paint and then buffed them up with a spot of Inka Gold paste.

Lots of bling later and here they are finished.  One pink, one blue made from lots of old broken beads,earings and brooches.


I have already shown in a previous post the boxes that I made for each one to go in.




Just to make  it more fun I packaged them up identically and then randomly stuck the address lables on so even I don't know which of my partners has which one!!!!!
Hope they like them.
 


Entering into Handmade Harbour: Handmade Monday.







17 comments:

CHRISTMAS PIE CRAFTS said...

They are so lovely! What a great idea to decorate old keys - brooches, necklaces, lots of ideas for them. I bet your recipients will be so pleased with them. Hope you have a good week.

Mythillogical said...

They're great! Altered keys would make a great keyring!

Linda w said...

What a great idea for a swap, I adore your finished projects. Hugs lin

Tickled Pink said...

They are fabulous! What a great idea. Am sure the recipients will be thrilled to receive them.

Annie said...

How pretty are those. What a great idea.
Hugs,
A x

Wendy said...

These are just lovely - you've just demonstrated that nothing should ever be thrown away without thinking about a possible craft use first!

Catherine said...

What a fantastic idea Mrs A ! You are such a creative and talented Lady ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

Denise Adorian said...

I was in that exchange also.It turned out as My favorite type of altering so far.We have no extra keys now though.I'm going to keep looking out for more.Thank you for visiting Me Denise

Sandra H said...

Hi Mrs A, What an amazing idea!! and thanks for showing this your so talented :)x

Sherry said...

What's not to love, they're both beautiful!

Bernie said...

These are fabulous Mrs A! Am sure the recipients will be thrilled to receive them.
Hugs

Picto said...

These are lovely, I never throw anything away, I love my box of old, broken and mis-matched jewellery.

I like the idea of not knowing who gets which one.

Jan x

dreamstar said...

What an unusual but interesting challenge and how fab the finished pair look. Well done you

Caroline Nash said...

I love them so pretty and amazing what you can alter

Sue said...

Golly...how impressive. You are clever and they are adorable:)

Hope Italy was good. In the bay at Monaco, the weather was warm but with a litttle rain and thunder....nice!
Safe journey home.
xxx

Anonymous said...

Just brilliant - I agree that they would make a great key ring. So inventive, well done :)

Grenouille Greetings said...

They'll love them! They are so pretty and such a great idea. I know I've hoarded some keys - now I just need to find them! Hugs, Lesley