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    When my Grandad died, all of us Grandchildren were invited to choose something that would remind us of him. Various items were chosen, including his infamous cap and his glasses. I chose the chain that he always had buttoned to his trousers, and which he kept his keys on.

    A little while ago I was tidying my dressing table drawers and found the chain. It had his old door key on it, and straightaway I knew what I needed to do with it! I made a little bead on it, and I'm going to make it into a lovely piece of jewellery for myself, using my Grandad's originial chain to hang it from.

    Anyway, I then found my old back door key, and made a bead on that too, and I'm now using that one for a keyring. It's great!
    I have also discovered that although some keys appear to me made from iron, they are in fact made from a softer alloy. Holding one such key in the flame of my torch rapidly turned a key into a little puddle of molton metal on my work surface!

    These look great hanging with some pretty charms.





    Let me know what you think!
    Heather
    Artisan Glass Beads & Jewellery
    www.BumpyBeads.co.uk
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/BumpyBeads

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    wHAT A LOVELY IDEA!! sUE XX
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    • #3
      wow that is very neat
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      • #4
        heehee they are lovely, i saw them on another forum before seeing them on here

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        • #5
          What a fab way of bringing an old-fashioned "keep sake" up to date. I'm sure your granddad would approve.
          Auntynet

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          • #6
            Great idea - are considering getting hold of some old keys and making them to sell? I know someone who would love one.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by ElaineJ View Post
              Great idea - are considering getting hold of some old keys and making them to sell? I know someone who would love one.
              I have 5 for sale. Click my weblink if you're interested! (I hope I won't get shouted at by the mods... eek!) They'll make great gifts for 21st birthdays.
              Heather
              Artisan Glass Beads & Jewellery
              www.BumpyBeads.co.uk
              http://www.etsy.com/shop/BumpyBeads

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              • #8
                Brilliant idea Bumpy Beads!! Vintage beaded keys are lovely


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                • #9
                  Wow they are neat!!!! I am hoping to be able to take up the art of bead making I just love it thanx for sharing
                  Ger xx

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                  • #10
                    fantastic idea, and they look great!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SusieQ View Post
                      wHAT A LOVELY IDEA!! sUE XX
                      You took the words out of my mouth that was exactly what I thought when I read this

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