5.27.2014

Can't leave well enough alone...

Recently I visited my sister for the weekend...like me, she is de-cluttering...getting rid of stuff...paring down...

She had this box of metal parts...a mixture of all sorts of do-dads...I told her that I would be happy to add it to my stash that I'm taking to the Artist Garage Sale on June 7 (link here...if you are anywhere in the Seattle area, you need to be at this sale!)


But of course...since it was metal...and calling my name...I just had to have a look...and pull out a few pieces...and before you know it...metal addiction is hard to break...

What drew my interest were the threaded rods she had...leftover from the garden goddesses we made years ago...













Threaded rod comes from either taking apart an old lamp...or old sport trophies...its the center piece that holds everything together...and since old trophies multiply at the thrift stores...and are usually available for cheap, its a good source for this prized possession...











I pawed through the box...
a few lamp bases, a couple of washers & nuts and assorted odd pieces later, I created two display stands...







































I added the curtain rings when I returned home...they were a tad shiny...
but nothing that a coat of aged bronzed spray paint couldn't diminish...








































It was a matter of simple assembly for each of them...the bases are from old lamps...the top of the one is a lamp shade skeleton and the other is some sort of flat metal disk...
Having the right size washers and nuts are key...if you buy an old trophy to take apart, save the washers and nuts to use in your re-creation...

for the base assembly...
























and the top assembly...























There's no end to what these two stands could be used for ...let your imagination roam...family photos at home, birthday cards from a celebration, menu selections on a buffet table for the clip ring stand...a bouquet of posies, a single elegant dessert cake or a decorative bird nest on the flat pedestal stand...

and speaking of bird nests...talk about recycling...those coconut fiber liners that you use in hanging baskets...at the end of the season...after you take them out of the basket because they are decomposing...dry them out...pull them apart...they make luscious nests...




linking up with kim klassen's texture tuesday...
and Knick of Time Vintage Inspiration Party...
join in...find a dream...be inspired...
make something out of nothing...

edited with kk texture rainy day soft light at 60%
and kk texture dream at darken 61%
french kiss postage brush



12 comments:

  1. Amy, I am so happy that you can't leave well enough alone! You are one of the most creative people I've ever met . . . such a wonderful project. I doubt I'll be able to configure a stand as lovely as yours, but I'll give it a try. In the meantime, your photo for today of the nest and little bird on your newly created stand is beautiful!

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  2. ~awesome photos, you're so creative! I LoVe the last one!

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  3. Precious Amy, what an eye you have for the shabby look....

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  4. I love your creations. I too have used lamp shades parts since I work 2 days /wk for lighting/framing/gallery doing repairs/restoration/paint finishes. May I direct send an image or two by Instagram sometime? Wish one of us were closer - we could have some fun brainstorming.

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  5. Very creative... love your last photo!

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  6. The perfect stands and great tips are where to get parts. Thanks Amy!

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  7. This a post full of awesomeness! Thanks for the tips.

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  8. You are SO incredibly talented! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that last shot!

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  9. wonderful - so creative... so inspiring. How on earth could your sister part with her treasurers? Does she want them back now : ) So wish I was in Seattle - I would be at the sale for sure!!!!

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  10. Hi Amy, I wouldn't have been able to pass up a box of metal parts either :).Wonderful idea to create such display stands. They turned out great!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  11. Sensational project from a treasure stash!

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