Friday, April 11, 2014

Rusty Jeweled Vases

When I spotted these chippy, rusty, and industrial looking thingies at an antique show, I knew just what I wanted to do with them.

repurposed rusty industrial footings
This is exactly how I found them.  Someone already did me the favor of cutting these heavy metal industrial poles into manageable 6" pieces.



add vintage jewels to rusty industrial bases
I cleaned off the surface dirt, sprayed them with a coat of clear matte sealer, then beautified them with some vintage jewels.

This one is wearing an old barrette that I found at a yard sale.  I removed the clip from the back, replaced the missing flower centers with pearl beads, then glued it on with some E6000.

repurposed vase
I dressed this one up with a combination of three antiqued silver filigrees and a vintage rhinestone earring. 

rusty industrial style vases
I'm not sure if the flowers would be happy in rusty water, so I placed a small vintage bottle inside one of the vases and a glass tube inside the other. 

how to turn rusty old industrial footings into pretty vases
There's just something about the combination of rhinestones, rust, and spring blooms that makes me smile.

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38 comments:

  1. They are amazing! You sure can see things that most of us can't. Love your idea of dropping a glass container inside of each one, too! Rhinestones and rust...perfect! Sounds like a country song. Happy weekend!

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  2. That is VERY CLEVER---I pinned your fabulous idea.
    Ann

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  3. Oh my...these are fabulous! The vision you have is amazing. The jewels you decorated them with are perfect. I imagine those will sell quickly! Have a wonderful weekend....Vicky

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  4. Betsy, These are really cute and you are so clever.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  5. So very clever my friend!!! Love them!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  6. Rhinestones and rust is like diamonds and denim. It works! :-D
    Have a great weekend.

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  7. Those are so fun! Rusty and rhinestones do go together. Have a fun weekend!

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  8. Rhinestones, rust, and spring blooms make me smile too. Love these...so pretty!!
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  9. Clever and cute! Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  10. Such a great idea! I'm going junkin!

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  11. Love this idea. These are wonderful. I'll never look at old rusty things as garbage but as fodder for creativity :-)

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  12. Wabisabi and Juxtaposition...my two favorite things. Love them.

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  13. I love the rusty crusty and the vintage bling!!

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  14. Holy McMoly! Again I bow to thee, oh rescuer of strange industrial objects! Possibly one of my all time favorite ideas of yours, Betsy.

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  15. Great repurposing as always, Betsy. The vases are wonderful and look so springlike.
    Have a sunny weekend :)!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  16. well those are just the too cutest my friend.
    You are soooo creative!
    love it....

    blessings
    barb

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  17. Good Grief! I believe you could turn just about anything into something beautiful. I try to see things through your eyes, but I don't have the vision for rusted, busted, broken and bent that you do. Love the vases!

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  18. Good Grief! I believe you could turn just about anything into something beautiful. I try to see things through your eyes, but I don't have the vision for rusted, busted, broken and bent that you do. Love the vases!

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  19. Really pretty ... clever idea.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  20. Okay, could the paint colors be any more perfect? (Not to mention the awesome chippiness!) Your bejeweled vases are gorgeous. And pure genius:)

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  21. Betsy these are Gorgeous! I don't think my mind would have ever thought about these, yet they are so neat!!

    Thanks for sharing!!
    Huggs, Nancy

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  22. Good morning Betsy, I just came across your blog and I am totally impressed with your creativity. I love vintage anything and try to repurpose items as much as I can. But, I am for sure not anywhere near as creative and handy as you. I am totally in love with your blog. I am your new follower. Christa

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  23. very clever:):) my mom loved them:):) Still having trouble:( blogging.

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  24. So very clever!! And sooo very cute!! :)
    xo Holly

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  25. Betsy, I love these!! Good junk + bling= perfection! :)
    Susan

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  26. Oh my gosh...I love it. What an amazing idea.

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  27. Love them. Very creative (as usual).

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  28. I'm smiling too!!! These are so fun! love how you blinged them up~~~

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  29. An amazing repurpose...just adorable!

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  30. I missed this post...What a fun project!!!

    Carol

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  31. These are so charming! I love these! Now I need to search for some rusty thingy's. :) You have such a creative soul! xo Karen

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  32. Wow! Just catching up on a few posts; what a great idea Betsy! I just LOVE these. I wish I lived closer so I could buy things from you.

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