Friday, February 14, 2014

Rust, Patina, and Keeping Busy

I have so much to keep me busy this winter.  My stash of metal goes on, and, on.

That includes keys.  I have hundreds of them.

The past few days, I've been experimenting a bit with finishes. I used a variety of mediums on them, to get the look you see here. 

I like the results.  Rust, patina, and, variations of color.

While I played with keys, I decided to make some of my mini crowns.  

Cutting, and, manipulating salvaged metal is one of my favorite things to do.

Of course, I love to make them look like excavated relics too.

Things are about to get really busy around here.  I'll be doing a pop-up market next month, and, other shows throughout the year.

I have other announcements as well.  I'll share with you soon, as details unfold.

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  1. You are teasing us with your announcement, Rosemary:) I can't wait to hear your news! Love all of the wonderful patina you've added to the keys and crowns!

  2. I should be busier than I am! LOL! Cannot seem to get motivated, my friend.
    I am always amazed at your stamina as well as your creativity!



  3. What patina ...
    Now I am curious about the announcements. :)
    Stay warm and safe.
    Hugs, Gee

  4. I adore your metal crowns Rosemary!!! I can't wait to hear the announcement.

  5. I love the patina you create! Of course, your mini crowns almost make me weep! LOL

  6. As always, your crowns look great, Rosemary! : ) Look at all those keys. You know, I'm sure I have keys just laying around in drawers that who knows what they go to now. I should round them all up and put them in my craft room to use on projects.

  7. Your keys look great--and I always love your crowns. Can't wait to hear your new announcements :)

  8. YOu do a beautiful job on your crowns, Rosemary. Those keys look wonderful with your "treatment" old ones that had been unearthed from the cellar of an old house somewhere- xo Diana

  9. Keys intrigue me and your finishes make them all the better. I adore your "excavated" crowns. I await your exciting announcement...

  10. As always, I love your crowns. Your keys are so pretty. I tried the vinegar solution on my pile of keys and it did not bring up the patina that you have accomplished so well. Yours are truly beautiful.

  11. I've been admiring your finishes for ages. I'm considering taking the Farragoz course. Did you learn the rust & patina through them as well?

  12. Rosemary,
    The tease is so worth the wait. Your creativity is boundless. I so enjoy visits to see what you are currently working on.
    happy Valentines day,

  13. Love those little crowns Rosemary! I can't wait to hear what you're coming up with next:)

  14. I just love those mini crowns. So darn adorable! And thanks to you, I've now saved two cans to use the glue/paint method you blogged about a few days ago. I can't wait!


  15. Beautiful keys! The finishes turned out really unique! I don't know what it is about old keys, but I love them. I think it's the mystery of where they came from, what door they opened. Hope all your plans are going well - can't wait to hear all you've been up to! Hugs, Leena

  16. I always love keys and crowns, and yours do not disappoint!

  17. Good Morning Rosemary,
    Love love your crowns. Just beautiful. I am excited for you to do a pop up market. Is it in our area? I cannot wait to hear of your news.

  18. The finishing on your keys are beautiful. Any how to info to come?

  19. I sent you a message a minute ago but not sure if I was a No-Reply acct. If I's fixed now! ;-)
    -Kendra from


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