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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fruitcake Put to Good Use

I spent much elbow grease and suffered several cuts on my fingers cutting up some tins this past weekend. And for my all my misery, I've got tons of bead caps & bead caps in waiting, and three finished pairs of earrings. I made the pieces pictured below into connectors rather than caps - but you get the idea. The first two come from a fruitcake tin a friend donated to my cause, and the third pair comes from my dad's massive stash of Altoids tins.

Cowboy & his boot.

These were the layers of a lady's long skirt.

Altoids.

I apologize for the sub-par photography, but with these short winter days, the only time I can catch natural light is on the weekends.

Again, I credit the amazing Lorelei for the inspiration for making bead caps out of old tins.

5 comments:

  1. LOVE these! I used to make earring out of soda cans all the time. great idea!

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  2. Thanks, I'm having a lot of fun with these. It's a lot of work, but I think it's worth it :)

    When I was in high school, I made flowers out of my mom's empty diet coke cans. I painted them, and floral-taped them together so well, no one believed they were aluminum cans.

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  3. Hi Heidi!
    I just found you through Lori Anderson's blog.
    I have been playing with tin like this too! I have some simple necklaces that I have worked up. I love the earrings though. You are right, it is a lot of work. But I love that I can recycle something into something beautiful! Thanks for sharing, and also your AWESOME experiments with sari silk!
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  4. Lovely connectors and your designs really do make them justice as well. :)

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  5. Thank you! I just made some more this week - they're so much fun to work with.

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