Thursday, June 23, 2011

How To Make Artwork With Jewelry

 I found this nice frame at the thrift store yesterday.  When I saw it I knew right away what I wanted to do with it.  I wanted to frame a special pin that was given to me by a special friend.

Of course, I couldn't leave the frame as it - I had to spray paint it.  Actually, it was a nice color but I wanted it to coordinate with three other frames I already had in the hallway. 

After the paint dried, I had to decide what color mat I wanted to have to show off the pin.  I decided to upcycle an old wool plaid skirt (are we surprised?).  It picks up the colors in the other two matted pictures. 

The pin had it's own pin mechanism but it also had a hanging mechanism so that you could hang it from a chain and wear it as a necklace.  I decided to safety pin it to the fabric through the hanging mechanism.  It seemed to lay flatter on the fabric.

Well, it didn't lay perfectly flat.  The bottom of the pin seemed a bit droopy and needed a quick fix.  Here's how I fixed it.  I took two foam scrapbook spacers, colored the sides black with a marker, and adhered them underneath the pin to elevate it. 

There, much better!

Now I have some new artwork for my second floor landing. 

The story behind the pin:  Years ago, we lived next door to a wonderful lady.  Our kids loved her and thought of her as second grandma.  One thing I had in common with her was the love for particular artist named P. Buckley Moss.  We both enjoyed collecting several of her pieces.  Last year, she sent me and each of my daughters our own miniature piece of artwork in the form of a pin.  Every time I look at it, I think of this special lady. 

The other two pieces of artwork are also P. Buckley Moss prints.  The pin's artwork is of a mother and father in a buggy with two daughters and a young son of about the same ages as our children were when we lived next door to our neighbor.   


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