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Hardware

talk about alchemy….
one place i find quite inspirational is the hardware store.
Actually i like the smaller “old skool” ones (not big box Home Depot etc)

ace

Rows of washers and wire and tape in all sizes and colors and shapes – all delicious and great ways to accent pages or adhere elements.
They generally sell them by the piece (like 19¢ each for example) or in packets of 6 or more (so like 99¢ a packet!)… Although, one of the more exciting things is finding worn out pieces of hardware on the street and finding new uses for them!

i’m using some washers and wire in a top secret project right now as embellishments…. and have used them as starry type things on a gauche alchemy circle journal 🙂

washer

And i just discovered how amazing an adhesive the Omni-Gel Transfer Medium is! It holds these washers upside down!!!!

I’d love to see any projects that anyone has done with hardware, whether store bought or not!

EDIT BY AMY:

Below in the comments, Nicole posed a thought about using rub-ons on washers.  I’ve done it before – works great.  Have a look.  The flower and the scrolly stuff are two different rub-ons.  The green center is a brad. (BTW, some of those lovely silvery pieces above come from our Wedding Night and black color kits.)

wild thing

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4 Responses

  1. I’ve always said the hardware is a crafter’s paradise.

    When our neighborhood was being built there was a surplus of interesting metal bits lying around. Love it.

    Thanks for the reminder to use metal in projects.

    Love the project pictured. Gorgeous glimpse.

  2. I just saw this and thought of your post:

    http://littlenannygoat.blogspot.com/2009/11/need-unique-neighbor-gift-youve-come-to.html

    I think it would work equally well – okay, not equally but “well” – with rub on letters too.

  3. I’ve used rub-ons on washers… it works GREAT! Also works great on brads of all sizes. I will see if I can dig up a photo of a layout I did that with…

  4. Rub on’s on washers?!!! How cool is THAT?!!!!
    Wow, thanks for the extra tip!

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