This month’s Creative Crafty Bloggers Challenge was to update a thrifted item. Instead of purchasing something here I decided to use a set of brooches I wore when I was a young lass and Madonna was popular. I have had them tucked away in my jewelry box for ages and they meant enough to me that I carried them with me overseas. I decided to bring them out and make them part of a shadow box display.
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I remember I had a black corduroy jacket decorated with the seagull on the top left and the bird on the top right. The roadrunner near the bottom belonged to my mother. My father brought it back for her from Mexico. It’s silver and has a mother of pearl inlay, parts of which are missing now. She had a scarf she liked to pin it to and eventually she tucked it away in her jewelry drawer, much like I did. The others were either given to me or discovered by me during a thrift shop browse. It makes me happy to see them out in the open again.
To make your own shadow box display you’ll need:
All of my pieces needed a good cleaning so that was the first thing I did. After much searching I used a product where the silver polish is impregnated in wadding. I didn’t know they still sold it but that’s what I was given when I asked at the local shop. A cloth would have been easier, but the stuff I used got the job done. I didn’t want to use a dip due to the age of some of the pins.
I didn’t use the bee shown in the cleaning photo in my display. It’s currently pinned to my hat.
It took a bit of time to assemble the pieces on to the felt. Some of the pins are bent and it was fiddly to get the pins to lie properly when fastened. I still can’t decide if I want to move the bluebird to the bottom or move the swan up a little higher. The swan tips forward, too, so I’ll need to fix his neck in place with a stitch.
In the meantime I’ll enjoy looking at my former treasures in their new shadow box display.
Do you have some former treasures hidden away that might look good in a shadow box?
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