Well that post title is quite the mouthful. Try saying that ten times in a row… fast. lol. I tried, and I can’t. lol.
Today’s project idea came out of my Thrifted Finds Challenge #1 post from last Friday, when I showed you some recently thrifted finds, and I was supposed to choose one project to do. Well, to be honest, I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to do with what.
I let it just sit in the back of my mind all day, and Friday night I finally made up my mind that I couldn’t make up my mind. lol. So I had to do two projects… one with the copper platter that I’ll show you today, and one with the vintage baking pan set that I’ll show you later this week.
Here’s the vintage copper platter for this project. It has a label on the back that reads Coppercraft Guild, Taunton, Mass. It measures about 12″ long by 6″ wide.
Whenever I’m looking for inspiration I just start rummaging through my different stashes to see what sparks an idea. When I came across my ready supply of flattened vintage silverware spoons that I use to make wind chimes… I knew.
Then I needed something to decorate the spoons, and I really like the contrast of rustic with shiny so I chose some jute twine.
I drilled holes into the tops of the spoons, tied some of the jute twine around their necks… finishing with little bows.
Then I pulled the twine through the holes and tied it in double knots at the backs of the spoons.
After measuring where I wanted my spoons to hang from and spacing them out as evenly as I could, I marked the spots with marker and then drilled the holes into the copper platter.
I followed the outside shape of the platter with painter’s tape as best I could before spraying with chalkboard paint in my cardboard spray painting booth. I gave it three light coats, following the directions.
Then I decided that I needed to frame the chalkboard area with a jute braid, so I cut three 3′ pieces of the twine, attached one end of the three pieces onto a piece of wood with tape, and then braided the entire length.
This was kinda fun… I haven’t braided anything in years.
Then I hand stamped the spoons, each with one letter, so they spelled the word welcome… going over the letters after with a permanent marker so they stood out a little more.
I poked the jute twine through for each spoon, and tied a double knot behind the platter to secure.
Then I hot glued the jute braid around the chalkboard area, attached a pop up lid pull as a hanger to the back with Marine Goop, and my door chime was finished.
I like to leave chalkboard paint to cure for several days before I write on it, so Picasa helped me out with the writing.
Saturday was a grey and rainy day, so my pics for some of the steps for this project didn’t turn out because they were taken inside in crappy light.
I have another hand stamping spoons project coming up soon so I’ll be doing a full tutorial then… I promise… including how to flatten, drill, and stamp them.
Here’s a close up of the spoons.
Because of the jute twine in this project, this chime is meant to be hung indoors, or on a door that has a screen door for protection. I took it outside on Sunday afternoon to get better photos because it was such a gorgeous day. Quite the contrast to Saturday!
What I love about the chalkboard is that the message can be changed for any occasion. No matter what the message, the spoons will always say welcome.
The nice thing about hanging them on a door is that they make such a pretty sound every time the door is used.
Or they could be hung outside as well on a covered deck, pergola etc. Wherever they hand they’ll make a lovely sound.
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