Saturday, February 23, 2013

Marriage of a Rake and Chair Leg

I knew this rusty old rake thing I picked up at an antique show a few weeks ago was destined to become a picture holder.  The odd shaped, squarish handle wasn't going to fit in a round hole, so I couldn't just drill a hole in a block of wood and glue in the handle like some of the others I've made.  A quick look through my pile of miscellaneous junk produced a solution.

I think they'll be very happy together for years to come even though it was a marriage made
 in my garage.

The two main ingredients:  1) A rusty old thing I'm calling a rake, but I'm not really sure what it is or how it was originally used.  2) A lone chair leg found at the salvage yard waiting to become part of something once I figured out what to do with it.

  I cut a strip from a scrap of embossed wallpaper for extra texture, moistened it, pressed it into place, filled the holes, and painted the entire leg.  I sprayed the rake with two coats of matte acrylic sealer, screwed it to the leg through the other hole in the handle, then glued on a salvaged clip on earring.

It's still recognizable as a chair leg from the back.

It also makes a mighty fine earring display.

The thick stereoscope cards are a perfect fit and a fun way to display more earrings.

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