Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Antique Hair Brush Transformation

I really don't recall where I found this antique brush frame or how long I've had it, but I'm sure I picked it up for next to nothing at a flea market or yard sale. I wanted to create another decorated picture frame similar to the one in my header and in this post from February.

I didn't have another tin type available or an antique picture that would fit, so I started looking through my stack of antique fashion magazines.

The main ingredients:  an ornate antique brush frame, vintage clip on earring, strand of pearls, and a picture from The Designer Magazine, April 1911.  One coat of matte Mod Podge with a little water was used to attach the picture to the cardboard.

The pearls, lace, and rhinestones were all glued in place with Aleene's clear gel Tacky Glue.  For a stronger hold, I used E6000 to attach the vintage earring.  I punched two small holes in the top of the frame and attached the chain with wrapped headpins.

We had a little accident while I was attaching the chain to the top of the frame.  I dropped my jewelry pliers on her lapel and they gave her a nasty little cut.  Good thing they didn't land a little higher because she'd look pretty strange with a rhinestone in the middle of her face.  

I think she's happy all dressed up in her fancy new hat and jewelry.



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