Monday, January 3, 2011

A challenge for ME!

Yesterday I was browsing around the local antique market when I spotted this set of four antique drawer pulls. I come across a lot of antique hardware but rarely does it look me in the face and say "Nancy, you must purchase us and turn us into something so fantastic that it will render all who gaze upon us speechless." Yes! They really said that, I kid you not!

OK, so no, they didn't. I lied. But I did buy them and I have decided to challenge myself. The challenge is this: I will make as much jewelry as I can from these four pieces and their hardware.

The first step was to take them all apart and clean everything up. That wasn't too bad, though I did have to saw a few of the screws in order to get them out. Not too much work, though, and as you can see things are starting to take shape. Seeing the pieces all laid out makes it easier to visualize just what I can do. And. I. Am. Excited! Tee-hee!

My plan is to post each piece as I complete it, so hopefully I will have something done within the next few days. Those who have been reading my blog for a while now know that I am a great starter and a not so great finisher. So.... this will be a challenge to me in more ways that one. But I am determined to do it! So there.

And just to keep me really fresh and uninfluenced please keep your comments free of any ideas. I know that many of you will see these pieces and have a zillion thoughts on what to do (and I love that about you!), but I am really curious to see what I can come up with without any outside influences, so... I'm sure you all understand. :)

I'm off to play with them right now! Wish me luck!

12 comments:

Denise Yezbak Moore said...

Wow - these are gorgeous. You should make a mold out of one of them before you make the jewelry. Can't wait to see your designs.

jeanine said...

looking forward to seeing what you come up with!!

Carol said...

Can't wait to see what comes of this!

Round Rabbit said...

Yep, already made a mold! For sure, baby! :)

Judy said...

This kind of challenge is right up my alley...I can't wait to see what you create!

ThreeRedBeads said...

Very cool! Can't wait to see what you create!

Higgins Design Studio said...

I'm sooooo glad you made a mold first... good girl! Looking forward to seeing what goodies you come up with!
Cindy

Amy Nicole/RubyMtnBeads said...

Even the hardware is pretty. I have no doubt you'll come up with something fabulous!

stregata said...

Lovely hardware pieces - can't wait to see what they are turned into.

Aaron-Paul said...

They will be stunning pieces when your done im sure, they shout Roman gladiator to me!

quiltingjewel39 said...

Those are gorgeous!! What a find. I am anxious to see what wonderful things you do with them. Good luck.

Lisa Peters Russ said...

OMgosh, have an idea and I can't say it....OH NO!

THEY ARE GORGEOUS Nancy!!