Friday, September 5, 2014

The Making of a Vase

I never thought these junky pieces would end up together until I started digging through a drawer of lamp parts in search of something for a completely different project.  Does that ever happen to you?  I start out with one project in mind and end up going in a completely different direction.  I'm so easily distracted when it comes to playing with bits and pieces of junk.

vase made from semi truck air horn
I'm happy to say that the original project I had in mind was eventually completed, so the little detour I took was worth the extra time.

before picture of an old semi truck air horn
Raise your hand if you know what this old cracked and dirty thing is.
Could it be part of an old trumpet, megaphone, phonograph?  Nope. It's a semi truck air horn.

use vintage lamp parts and a horn to make a vase
The decorative copper piece is part of an old light fixture and it was the perfect size to use as the base for the vase.

tutorial on how to make a vase from vintage bits and pieces
I started by pushing the stem of the horn into the base of the light fixture, made a mark where it needed to be cut, then cut it off with a hacksaw.  The horn is a tight fit, so no need to glue it in place.

pretty vintage silver trivet
I thought the base needed a little something extra to pull it all together, so I enlisted the help of this antique silver and glass trivet I've had for years. 

use lamp parts and vintage rhinestones a add interest to an upcycled vase
No semi truck air horn and lamp fixture vase would be complete without rhinestones.  A very thin line of E6000 glue holds the salvaged necklace in place.

display dried hydrangeas in an upcycled vase
Even after a good bath the horn was still too greasy looking.  I gave it a light coat of Krylon Matte Aluminum spray paint, then took down the shine with some fine steel wool.

how to make a vase from salvaged vintage parts
If I want to display fresh flowers, I have an old glass Alka-Seltzer bottle that I can plop inside.
This one is a keeper!  I still have one more horn, and I'll probably do the same thing to
 it once I find the perfect base.  

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29 comments:

  1. Betsy you have done it again! This is gorgeous and I'm glad it's a keeper for you! I never ever would have guessed truck horn! Wishing you a great weekend!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  2. Wow Betsy ... your creation is stunning! Love it!
    Hugs,
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

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  3. Your vase is amazing, beautiful and so original! You come up with the best ideas for things, love it!

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  4. It's absolutely fabulous, Betsy. Just gorgeous! Bravo!

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  5. I was going to guess that it was a funnel but I thought that was too obvious. I would have never thought of a truck horn. Very creative...love the touch of rhinestones!!!

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  6. I would have never guessed it was a truck horn. The hydrangeas look great in it. Yes - I start on a project and change in midstream often.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  7. You are one amazing lady - LOVE it!

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  8. I like the patina and colors of all the metal parts competing together if that makes any sense. The color of the hydrangeas are perfect, also. The colors remind me of the woods in northern Wisconsin in November. Another favorite for me.

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  9. A very regal re-purpose! Love it with the hydrangeas!

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  10. don't you love it when it all comes together? so beautifully.

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  11. This is so fun, Betsy...and LOVE the touch of bling around the bottom!

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  12. Betsy, It is great! I would keep it, too. Love how you put it all together.

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  13. So clever and creative - I'll now be on the lookout for truck air horns.

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  14. Of course you would think to use a horn for a vase...I love it! I did not know that there was such a thing as an aluminum colored paint...I learn so much from you!

    Carol

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  15. Very cool, Betsy! You have the most amazing junk stash.
    Have a great weekend!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  16. A horn used as a vase? Now THAT'S the definition of creative thinking!

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  17. So pretty! I have a couple of those old silver and glass trivets. I will look at them differently now. It made a beautiful base for your vase.I would have never guessed it was made from a semi horn! Love it...:)

    Blessings, Vicky

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  18. Perfection! And I love the hydrangeas, too!
    Susan

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  19. This is wonderful, you are so very talented and yes, I would have thought it a truck's horn. The hydrangeas look lovely in it and it looks like a perfect Art Nuoveu piece from the 1920's!
    Have a great week ahead.
    FABBY

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  20. Oh how adorable! Isn't it wonderful when you can salvage what you love and create something marvelous! It is amazing.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  21. Wow! That is one of the most impressive recycles I've seen in a long time. I never woul've thoght to put all those pieces together. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party!

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  22. Such a fabulous new creation!! Looks like its a perfect addition to some fall decor too!! :) Happy new week! xo Holly

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  23. Wow, that's a very creative vase! I really like how all the pieces came together for an elegant result. Thanks for linking up to Make It Monday, our new link party!

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  24. Love this vase! You have such a great eye for putting things together that create one of kind piece.

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  25. How beautiful...especially with the dried hydrangeas! Sweet hugs!

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  26. Love this Betsy!! It inspires me to get back out to digging in my junk stash. It's been a while...

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  27. Simply the coolest! Who would believe that was a semi truck air horn? So funny, brilliant and beautiful.

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