Friday, March 29, 2013

Altered Frame, Altered Matchbox Chest of Drawers

Hello Friends!

I have a couple of projects I made for swap partners in
my Marie Antoinette Mail Art group to share with you.

Both of these projects were ventures in new waters for me.

First up is a vintage frame which I bejeweled
with charms, jewelry bits, some fired clay flowers,
and some "antiqued" charms that I love,
which I bought at Vintage Marketplace.
I loved the shape and antique brass look of this frame,
and wanted to keep the embellishments "toned" down,
so as not to take away from the frame, but enhance it.
But I did want a few bright sparkly bits :)
Along the bottom of the frame is a chain with alternating rhinestones and pearls.

I will show you the beautiful frame I received from Laura next post.

This next project is a chest of drawers made from 10 matchboxes!
I have always wanted to try my hand at making one of these ever since
I saw the beautiful ones Laura made for Alpha Stamps.
Here's the 360 tour: 

My partner for this swap is Lisa, and I happen to know that peach is her favorite color,
so I thought this paper was perfect, with coordinating papers for the drawers.
The drawers were the trickiest part. 
The drawer pulls were made by threading a rhinestone drop on a loop pin,
threading through a beadcap and through a tiny centered hole in the drawer front,
 adhering to the front with a little dab of E6000
and threading a silicone pierced earring back to pin in the inside of the drawer
(also with a dab of E6000).  Whew!
The little perfume bottles are made from beads, so fun!

The picture is not of Marie Antoinette, but rather Mme. de Pompadour,
a great beauty and mistress of Louis XV.

I did love making this project, but it is a lot of steps
 and working with some teeny tiny pieces.
I may make a few more as I do love the finished product,
and finding tiny things to put in the drawers was so fun!
Spring freebie time:

Ooh, and a last minute Easter one:

Click to enlarge, right click and save!
Lots of links to lovely pinks at Pink Saturday.
For links to lovely, shabby, chippy whites, stop by Blissful Whites Wednesday!
Lovely, cottagey links at Feathered Next Friday!
Party on at a very pinteresting party at Tutus and Tea Parties!
And for all things lovely and vintage, visit Knick of Time!
♥♥♥Thank you so much for visiting and for all your lovely comments!! ♥♥♥
Have a lovely Easter!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

The framed piece is gorgeous, Lorraine! The mini chest of drawers is both beautiful and adorable at the same time. What a lot of work it looks like you put into both pieces. I love them both and I'm sure your swap partners will, too!

Patty said...

Your art is amazing, every detail. Your swap group is very lucky to have you aboard!

Jeanie said...

I am stunned, Lorraine and so impressed! I admire your taking on new projects and both are beautiful. I have to say that chest has me intrigued and maybe that'll be a summer project -- all those wee parts! And to make sure the drawer open easily -- I so admire you.

Thanks for the lovely Easters bits! I may use them to make some place cards for Sunday. In my spare time! Happy Easter!

Linda said...

Beautiful! the little chest is so beautifully detailed. enjoyed seeing your art.

Margie said...

oh, the mini chest of drawers is so FINE!!! how creative! i would love to see what it looked like before, as i would like to try making one, but not sure what to buy to get started! :) the tiny perfume bottles are so adorable! Happy Easter!

Susan Clayton said...

incredible detail. Very impressive. So glad you shared.

Peggy Lydem said...

Your post is beautiful and I can only imagine the painstaking care you took to make those beautiful pieces. Have a wonderful Easter.

Lynn Stevens said...

Hi Lorraine I wish I would have had the time to play in the altered frame swap. Yours is Gorgeous!!!
The mini chests were so much fun. My girlfriends and I got together Thursday evening and made another one.
Hugs Lynn


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