Sunday, April 15, 2012

Lamps....They're Not Just for Lighting Anymore

How often do you go out junking and come home with exactly what you set out to find?  I made a quick mid week trip to our local thrift shop/junk yard (more like a dump), in hopes of finding something I could use for a new necklace display.  I needed something tall enough for long necklaces and heavy enough to withstand an occasional gust of wind.

I spotted this cast iron candidate sitting in a box surrounded by dirty plastic flowers; it deserved a better life.  It was heavy, plenty tall enough, and only $3.

The top screw thingy was not going to come off, so I had to figure out a way to work around it.

I drilled a 3/4" diameter, 1/4" deep hole in the dowel (left over from another project) with a paddle bit.  Then I drilled a smaller hole all the way through to accommodate the long screw.  I would have used a bolt, but didn't have one that was long enough and I wasn't in the mood for a trip to the hardware store.

Perfect fit.  The screw fits down about 2" inside the lamp.  I added some glue just to hold everything tight.

I wrapped the dowel with some burlap type ribbon from Wal Mart, glued two mother of pearl buttons to each end, and topped it off with a glass drawer knob and button.

Every jewelry holder needs some jewelry....
A trio of gold and silver bracelets fresh off my work table.

Vintage shoe clip base topped with silver and rhinestone earrings.
Wrist watch case with rhinestones.
Antiqued filigrees with silver and mother of pearl buttons.

Old hardware, watch faces, keys, and a bit of bling.

The number 21 is from one of those old calendars where you turn the dial and the
 numbers flip over. 

Bits and pieces of salvaged jewelry, mother of pearl crosses, vintage glass button, and beads.

These will all be coming with me to Mes Amis Antique Show in Roseville next weekend.
I'm getting excited, but still so much more to do.

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