|cut off lug nut head. gotta love that right?|
|cut bolt and nut/washers|
|lug nut, bolt head and odd 'cap' thing|
i have to thank my sister for this one....she has been 'bugging me' for a month or more to make little lids so she could then store things in there without everything getting all dusty. i balked. then i made these 'boxy candle holders' and she once again mewed for lids. i gave in. why not. my first attempt she didnt care for, she liked the handle idea but didnt like how i had the lid overlap over the sides. she wanted it flush with the top. so flush it was and i have to admit they are really cool! i put wood on the inside so the lid stays on, and am using found nuts/bolts/washers for the lids. i've gotten really good feedback on facebook about these, probably more so than i have anything in a long time!
i have long loved old hardware. in fact i can recall when i was a child my dad worked in the basement and had all these baby jars filled with nuts and bolts and i used to be mesmerized by them. to me they seemed valuable and jewel-like. and now, here i am finally storing my own cache of 'gems' and they are truly valuable now because i have a new use for them! i love cutting off the bolt heads and using them for things (jewelry hint hint if you didnt sign up and receive my last newsletter). so now i have another fun use for them. most nuts and bolts i find are deemed useless because they are broken or so old and rusty that no one can use them, so its invigorating to find a beautiful way to use them.
of the six i made above and the one 'adobe' vanity tray, i've got two left which i just listed on etsy this morning which you can see here: 1 and 2. of course i'm off to make more lids for more things, check in on my facebook fan page thats where i always stay up to date!