All dressed up and ready to be loved again.
A few weeks ago my sister-in-law gave me these tiny salt and pepper shakers that belonged to her parents. No one in the family was interested in them, so she offered them to me knowing I'd be able to do something with them. It was impossible to remove all the dents and tarnish, but I think it just adds to their character.
Decorated pearls and glass beads hang from the wrapped loops on the bottom.
The tops had to be well dressed too, so I added some bling and beads.
I added decorative flower connectors to these two. The one on the right had a lid that I thought was smashed beyond repair, but I didn't give up on it and eventually got it to screw back on. It must have been through a few wild dinner parties.
I mixed and matched different chains and clasps.
Seven of the shakers are marked sterling.
One is marked S. Pewter S.C.
I added a small bead cap between the shaker top and bottom to prevent the head pin from pulling through the hole in the soft silver. I had good intentions of doing this as a full tutorial, but these things were so difficult to photograph. I finally had to give up on that idea if I ever wanted to finish them.
Hmm, I'm thinking they'd also make mighty fine Christmas tree ornaments or lamp pulls.
I told my sister-in-law that I wanted her to have one for herself and for each of her two daughters. They chose #2, #6, and #7, then I chose #8 with its rescued lid. I know they'll be worn with love and fond memories of where they came from.