Friday, May 27, 2011

Enamored with old things

I love old things, I get this from my mother...can't exactly pinpoint why but I really admire the craftsmanship of old objects. I was always on board when she wanted to go to an auction or antique mall. I enjoyed looking for something I hadn't seen before...or maybe an object that I couldn't be sure what it was or what it would have been used for.

Recently I came across one of these ornaments in a case at the local antique mall. Definitely out of my price range but that didn't stop me from pressing my nose up to glass to get a closer look. Intrigued I went home and did a bit of online research, they are made of blown glass, Victorian scrap and silver tinsel...they are quite rare so even finding a few pictures online is tough.

One thing leads to another and I sketched a few ideas...not looking to create replicas but instead a representation using a few of my favorite things.

Vintage paper canoe instead of a glass ornament, the little children are made with transfers on clay, finally a bit of gold wire gimp and buttons.

After making the three canoes I tried a a row boat shape, thinking they might stand alone...but they tend to tip over....oh well.

Have a safe holiday weekend!


Tina Schiefer said...

These are VERY cute!!! Can my wheels turn too?Inspired by your inspiration??? You should submit these!!!! I've always loved that little boy in the boat. I've seen him in bottles too...he's the perfect little character...

barbara bruder said...

Angie These are so cute. What a great take on those ornaments. Love them!! You did a fabulous job, as always!!! See ya soon.

stregata said...

Absolutely inspired - what a great interpretation!

Anonymous said...

Angie, they are wonderfully sweet, What a fantastic idea, dear- I love them.

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Hi Angie! Oh my! They are adorable! Great work as always. All three are darling - I wouldn't be able to pick a favorite!

Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

Hopemore Studio said...

Thank you ladies!! Your comments are so kind. said...

OH! THIS IS AWESOME! (totally caps worthy!)
I can see a whole collection of these in a window!