Welcome to the Upcycle Blog Hop hosted by Tanya, the Scrappy Scavenger. If you’re doing the hop and are here from Dawn’s blog, Strawberry Delights, then you are in the right spot. If you just arrived here and would like to start from the beginning of the hop, please go to Tanya’s blog, the Scrappy Scavenger.
For this hop, Tanya asked us to create something by re-purposing materials. In other words, use something in a way that’s different than its original purpose.
I decided to re-purpose things I’ve picked up at thrift stores and yard sales, including finds from Swapper’s Day (e.g., a spiral Christmas ornament, mis-matched earrings, eye glass chains, crystals, a key & beaded fringe), a wine bottle and the wooden base from a mannequin I used for my letterblock tray project. The main element of the project is a small fairy or pixie, only 2.5″ wide and 2.5″ tall! I came across 6 of these and knew I wanted to use one in a project like this. If she catches your eye, I put the remaining ones up for sale in our Ephemera & Found Objects shop.
The most difficult part of the project was taking apart the small links in the chains I found so I could re-assemble them to make the streams of beads that surround the pixie. It was also a little tricky to take the Christmas ornament, cut it in half, flatten it, and suspend the streams from it so it was balanced.
Everything is glued in placed using Glossy Accents. I even used it to glue the bottle back together. I covered the seam with silver foil tape.
To finish off the piece, I create a mini book, that tells the story of Brillare – a pixie that loves anything that sparkles. She mischievously goes around and picks up anything shiny – as long as it’s small enough for her to carry – and takes it back to her home.
There are more pictures at the bottom of this post so you can see the process of creating the bottle. But, let’s get to the blog candy!!
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