Sunday, May 15, 2011

Flea Market Finds

Along with all the other folks over at Sophie's, I am showing off my op shop treasures today. I have been hunting with some purpose recently as I am looking for jewellery making materials for an exhibition. It is amazing what you can say "no" to when you are on a mission!


It seems everything this week is rather 'pretty'. The tins I plan to cut up - probably for brooches - although those funny sun faces might make interesting "cameos". The plates too will be smashed and shaped into ear-rings and a bracelet. I plan to cut up the doiley into individual motifs and make them into pendant type thingos. The fur you can just see under the doiley is a collar of what I think is kangaroo fur. Now I don't want to freak anyone out but don't you think it would be cool to make some  Victorian style "mourning" jewellery with the fur instead of human hair? The record at the back is old - and really thick - it will become a neckpiece I think.  So, that is a "real" use for just about all of it. Ok so the kitties were just cutely kitsch and I couldn't resist them! The book has some great diagrams and pictures.


And to think that I have been labouring under the misapprehension that thought Jethro Tull was a band  (remember Thick as a Brick?). Apparently he was an English agriculturalist long before Ian Anderson and the boys got together! Anyhoo - it is a cool diagram of a rather clever invention!

I have to 'fess up that along with the kitties and the book, I had one other "unecessary" purchase ...



... but they are so pretty! And for those of you too young to remember Jethro Tull or old enough to enjoy being reminded ...

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8 comments:

Lyndel said...

oh Sue what great finds! yes I know of both the Jethro Tulls!! love what you are doing with jewellery (like the Alice picture!), keep up the good work and keep showing us previews please

Nick said...

We were going to see Jethro Tull at the Blues Festival this year...he would have been a damn sight better than Bob Dylan. He always reminds me of The Young Ones. Anyhoo, I love your finds...but please do not tell me that the bowl is a Broadhurst, it is gorgeous!

Kylie said...

love your birdies x

Max said...

Ooh, I'm going to follow and see how all this destruction and reconstruction turns out x

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

oooooooh, sista! you inspire me already. i'm wondering at the doily to be cut up in something!...
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urbandon (Don Pezzano) said...

Cool finds once again. Did not know about Jethro's Tull.(the person, not the band)
Of course I would love to see some momento mori.

Mogs Designs said...

Very special, esp. the birds

JeTaimeVintage said...

Love the birds so much, but the little bowls are really pretty, excellent finds-well done!