I didn't start my vast collection of keys on purpose, but I've have a fascination with them for about as long as I can remember. My first key related memory involved studying an image from a Pirates of the Carribbean book of a jail keeper sporting a giant ring filled with keys. I was about four years old and decided that I wanted to have a key ring like that of my own. I know, I was a really weird kid. The way some children collect their parent's castoff credit cards to play pretend with, I collected unwanted keys.
As an adult, I still like them. Since keys have become kind of the 'in thing' right now, I decided to part with a few by incorporating them in crafts. If you happen to be a pack rat (like I am), you might have a few keys around, too. I used a few of my keys along with a handful of large clip on earrings and buttons to make a set of beautiful key Christmas ornaments. Here's how to make your own:
You will need:
keys (any size or shape will work)
large buttons, earrings, brooches, etc.
wire cutters and/or pliers
Start by using your wire clippers or pliers to remove the earring posts, button loops, or anything else that might be on the back of your embellishments.
...and if that inspired you, here are a few more ideas for key projects:
Tiny Key Necklaces
Add a chain and pretty the keys up with rhinestones for a feminine found object look
Skeleton Key Pendant
To embellish these simple skeleton keys, I sanded of the back portion of antique glass buttons and glued them to the keys.
Keeper of Time Necklaces
Okay, not keys, but close enough.
For these necklaces, I pulled the numbers off a clock than no longer worked. After gluing them to the old locks, I added a chain.
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