It was a dirty job, but someone had to do it. I never did figure out how to open these up the right way, but when I finally managed to pry them open, what a messy surprise. Both of them were in pretty sad shape, but what do you want for $5.00 each? Here's what I came up with. Do you recognize any of it?
I used typewriter key stickers and attached them to the flat part of those two little glass pieces from the Brownie. It's hard to see in the picture, but the convex glass gives them a puffy look. Those are tiny rhinestone buttons hanging from the filigrees.
Do you remember S&H Green Stamps? This little stamp fit perfectly inside one of the thick rectangular glass pieces; I have no idea what they're officially called. The frame is a little beat up, but the glass piece is in great shape. The pin on the back has a bail attached, so this can be worn as a brooch or a necklace.
This is the other thick glass piece from the Brownie. The piece on the back was from another old necklace.
I made this necklace with the lens from the Brownie. I found a picture of a pocket watch in an old book and then glued it to the back of the lens. I attached the lens to a silver disk and surrounded it with rhinestones from a vintage necklace.
This is the frame from the front of the Brownie. I turned it upside down so it would be supported by those two little metal pieces. A little bling is always a good thing.
I copied two 1953 elementary school diplomas and used Mod Podge to cover the box from the Brownie. Oops, I missed a spot around that dial.
For the other box, I copied some old photographs and used Mod Podge. Notice the lever in the top right corner? I'm guessing that's what was used to advance the film. Keeping with the picture theme, I added a few of my flattened and stamped silverware picture holders....Be Happy, Peace, Laugh.
I still have a few pieces left over, but those are just going to have to wait. I'm still working on my Christmas shopping and then it's on to the Christmas Eve dinner menu.