A Few of my more creative moments resulted in these great bracelets! These and a few more are now available in the shop! … Oh, and YES, custom pieces are available. Your vintage jewelry can be repurposed into a One of a Kind bracelet… just send a message for details!
My husband, John has loads of Creative Ideas. Since we closed our shop, and moved to a small space in another shop, we think that we are going to have more time on our hands! Well during the unpacking process, we ran across some pewter dragons that John had found at an estate sale a while back. He added one to a cool bottle then placed a couple of Swarovski crystals in the eye and on top. The giant Chandelier crystal was soldered on top and burnished for just the right accent! We’re putting this one in the shop tomorrow for $29.95. Check it out!
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So much inspiration is on Pinterest, that I just had to give this cuff bracelet a try! This was my reference: (Her blog is Wonderful ~ Packed with Great Ideas!) http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/05/dutch-wax-collage-bracelet-knockoff/ So, here’s what I did: Start with an Aluminum Bracelet Blank, drill a few holes in it. Gather Colorful Upholstery Fabric for the outside […]
All those wonderful sentiments that are so pronounced around Valentine’s Day are swimming around in my head. <br>
It is the perfect time to put those scrabble letters to good use and send my valentine/husband a lasting message. (I love you, John!)
Vintage Rusty Keys ($3) Wooden Tile Holders ($1) and a Large Variety of Scrabble Letters (.25) now at Tons of Treasures.
Key to My Heart!
Putting together some Cool Retro and Vintage Collections. This one is making me think of St Patrick’s Day! The Green Crystals would be great for some kind of Altered Jewelry 🙂
The temperatures in the mid 80’s today couldn’t prevent me from adding some Christmas Spirit to the shop! Frames are big sellers here and I love to add Vintage Graphics for the Holidays!
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How to Embellish Craft Birds Tons_of_Treasures 07012013So many readers have asked for the “how-to” that I created a document while I was working on my birds over the weekend. Besides the crowns, some of the birds were painted, too!
How to Embellish Craft Birds
Turn a Craft Store Bird into Royalty
Birds from Craft Store (samples came from my stash ~ probably from the 1980’s!)
Decorative Paper (heavier scrap book paper scraps work well)
Nail Art (tiny rhinestone-like jewels for manicures – available online)
White Glue & Water
Glue Vessel (like an old jar lid)
Cut scrap book paper into strips 1” – 1.5” wide
Use pinking shears to cut these in half lengthwise
Randomly cut these strips into lengths for crowns that will fit birds (3/4” – 1 1/2” works well)
Wrap one piece at a time around thick paintbrush handle and glue together
Sort out jewels
Mix white glue with a little water in jar lid
Use fine stiff paintbrush to apply glue onto crown front
Develop design with jewels, adding glue as needed
(Tip: moisten other end of paintbrush to pick up single jewel easily.)
Use dry paintbrush handle to move jewels around and straighten as needed
Set aside to dry
Match bird up with crown. Apply glue to inside rim of crown and place on head.
Side note: Sometimes the birds are a little freaky and need some other embellishments. This little one needed to get her eyes done. I made eyelids and lashes and glued them on. One pupil was too small, so a dot of black paint fixed her up!
Place on perch, birdhouses, birdcages…. Wherever a little royalty belongs
Feel free to e-mail any questions, or to share pictures of your birds! Tons_of_Treasures@yahoo.com