Friday, July 27, 2012

Repurposed Victorian Ridge Caps

Yes!  Another project completed from the stash of goodies I purchased at the salvage yard a few weeks ago.  Dozens of these very interesting old metal pieces were displayed inside a vintage Pepsi cooler, and right away I knew what I wanted to do with them.  They're decorative Victorian ridge caps that were used like shingles across the top of a roof line.

Now they're rustic little baskets.

Here they are fresh out of the Pepsi cooler.

I purchased ten caps, but only used eight for this project.  The rusty ones without paint and the blue ones in the top right corner got two coats of matte acrylic sealer, I used ASCP on the white ones, and the blue pair in the center was left alone.

These were already full of holes from when they were nailed to the roof, but I had to make several more holes with a hammer and nail to get them evenly spaced.  

I'm not sure what gauge wire this is because it was something I already had.  I probably should have taken the time to go out and buy something a little thinner because this was really difficult to "sew" with.  It's a good thing I was wearing gloves.

I couldn't exactly tie a knot in this wire, so I finished it with a little squiggly thing.  A separate piece of wire was added for the handle and wrapped between the two metal pieces.

Here they are hanging on the springs from an old crib.   The flowers look so sad because it was close to 100 degrees and they had been hanging in direct sunlight for a couple of hours.  So much for the rest of the pictures.  Switching gears....

Side view.  Gotta love those geraniums, I couldn't kill them if I tried.

A glass tube was tucked inside each basket and covered with moss. 

Wouldn't these be so pretty with fresh or dried roses?

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