My friend made for me these portraits of our dogs out of shrink plastic. She used a disposable food container made out of plastic marked #6. These containers are kind of rare, but we discovered that they have them at a vegan restaurant when we took some takeaway cake. We look up for them and save them when we find the #6 mark.
Probably the “real” shrink plastic works better, but it is nice to make these cute things out of recycled plastic. I took some photos of the process. My friend draw our dogs with sharpies.
Here it is the real size of the initial drawing, before going into the oven.
In the oven (in a non-stick pan) it curled up a lot at first, but the plastic is flexible enough while warm and it can be flattened down with a spoon.
And this is the first portrait of our dog Souris. I will glue a brooch fastener on it.
Here they are the three of them. Lulu, the black one in the middle is drawn using as a reference a favorite photo of mine in which she looks so funny and silly, but maybe it wasn’t the best reference photo for this drawing :).
She also made me these even smaller versions with holes that I transformed in a necklace that I wear a lot. Although they seems delicate, they are quite sturdy. And Lulu looks closer to her real self in this one :).
I really like to collect vintage scissors for their nice shapes and of course for their function. This tiny vintage charm is so detailed that I can almost say that it is part of my scissors collection :).
These are some new additions to my mismatched jewelry collection. I especially like the creepy bakelite and silver hands, very cheap finds. I’m sure the bakelite brooch is vintage, I’m not certain how old the silver pendant is, although it was looks like it was used for a long time by someone. When I bought it, I thought it might be antique, but I’m not sure.I like how the bead looks like an apple. I’ve also found these two beautiful old silver bands, an Art nouveau pewter ring and a celluloid owl ring.
This very small and detailed charm is for a bracelet I want to make at some point only with animals and birds. Linking up with Vintage Bliss Tuesdays and Vintage Charm parties.
These are the findings of today’s flea market visit. There were also other stuff there that I liked (a very nice metal toy sewing machine, in working condition, some antique photos, etc), but I am much more selective with what I bring home lately and I try to resist buying things that I already have or I don’t use often. So, I only bought a few very cheap things.
A silver cicada charm (I don’t think it’s old, but it’s nice and detailed).
Two funny carved rings (they are quite a big size, especially the snake, so they were not intended for kids). I think they are made from sea shells.
A small tin from the fifties (my mother had the whole set as a kid and she still has one or two of the tins, but in a much worst condition). They were kitchen toys for storing different ingredients, such as flour or sugar. This one says “semolina”.
And a bead necklace from the fifties or sixties. The string was really old, so it broke in my hand at the flea market. Fortunately, I managed to find most of the beads and I have re-stringed it at home. It has the perfect size for me to wear it as a bracelet. The beads have a texture and shine very similar to teeth. Kind of strange, but I like them.
I have this celluloid pendant since a long time, now but I have recently rediscovered it in one of my boxes. I like to wear it on a silver chain. It is even nicer in reality, with inner layers that imitate amber catching the light. Like a little piece of sunset around my neck.
A chipped glass and silver pendant that is pretty to me exactly because is not perfectly round, my vintage silver and enamel ring and a bracelet I have string some years ago from different stones such as chalcedony, blue sunstone, amethyst and turquoise. (I forgot what the magenta and orange ones are).
I wouldn’t have said that I collect these, but apparently I do. The orange one is bakelite, two of the small ones are celluloid, the big blue one is turquoise, two of them are Art nouveau gold plated brass and the rest are silver.
My blog had its 1 year anniversary yesterday. Writing here is still one of my favorite pastimes.
Last weekend, in a great flea market visit, I have found some celluloid things. A new elephant for my charm collection, two heart charms, a rose clip, a string of rose beads and a beautiful old silver and celluloid nameplate bracelet. I like to wear Nina’s bracelet, whoever she was.
My mood has been kind of dark these days, without much of a specific reason (besides the usual ones, uncertain future, the general sadness of the world…). But I also try to stay aware of all the things that I do have, of the certainty of each peaceful moment…
Anyway… I just wanted to post this evil eye charm that I have found at the flea market. I think it is very old and I like how detailed it is, although quite small. I plan to collect more of these old charms when I found them for cheap. I already have two of them.