Saturday, November 5, 2011

Rescued and Repurposed Keys

I'm sure I have enough keys in my jewelry making stash to open any door in town. Just when I thought it was safe to take them off of my "focus list," I discovered a bag of these at a yard sale....

I wish I knew what hospital they came from.  I would love to get into those Diet Cabinets, the Diet Kitchen, maybe the Linen Room, and....what about the Doctor's Dressing Room?  There's even a key tag (not pictured) that says "Penthouse."  I think it was the most used of all the keys because the writing is so faded.

How could I resist....
The TelKey (pat. 1928) tags are made from some type of  heavy duty card stock
with brass connectors.

Nurses Dressing Room

Work Room

Nurse's Office.  A little faded, but still hanging in there after opening the door for years.

These were fun to decorate with vintage clip-on earrings and little rhinestones from old bracelets.  You can click here to see my first batch of these from last spring.

They do double duty as necklaces by adding a chain through the attached bail.  
  
Thank you all so much for your input on my last post:  Should I Paint It?  I decided to leave the drawers with the beautiful patina alone:-)

I'm linking up my repurposed keys with:
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday,
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special,
Dittle Dattle for Amaze Me Monday, and
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

38 comments:

  1. I always love seeing your beautifully dressed up keys and these are no exception. Stunning!

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  2. Those are some great finds! You've used them very creatively!

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  3. oh these are wonderful! i LOVE who you kept the tags attached...so nostalgic! what a sweet gift for a school nurse! as for your "should i or shouldn't i" dilemma.....bravo! Mine is still has that gorgeous wooden glow too. i like the juxtaposition of the earthy wood tone against all that "white!" happy day to you! :)

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  4. What a treasure...if those people could see them now!

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  5. I love the necklaces you've made! I looked on your Etsy shop...lots of neat things there, too! Hugs! ♥

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  6. These are way COOL!!! Love how you used them...please be sure to show them off at NTT this week.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  7. Super amazing find! Keys are one of my weakness also!!

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  8. What a fun find and I really like what you are doing with them.
    Have a great weekend.

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  9. What a creative way to repurpose them. I love the keys with the bling...LOL! They are all lovely Betsy! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs

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  10. so glad this post led me to your etsy shop

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  11. Super cool! Love the vintage key tags and how you spiffed them! I hesitate to ask what went on in the Penthouse, though...

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  12. These are so wonderful, love the nurse work station one! Di

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  13. love these, I have hundeds of keys, don't know why! hahahaha

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  14. Good choice not to paint! The jewelry is, as always, so unique and beautiful. I don't know if I would have instinctively used the actual tags as part of the jewelry ~ genius!

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  15. LOVE this! They are perfect. And those written tags just take them over the edge that I adore so. :)

    Featured you on FB and pinned! :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150431853686141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  16. Absolutely beautiful Betsy, thanks for sharing much love Jennibellie x

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  17. These are beautiful. I wonder what the people that originally used the keys would think of them now!! :)

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  18. I have a stash of keys too but you are a genius for making them over like this. Adore!

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  19. Like the tags with the keys a great touch! Laura - Cottage and Broome

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  20. Your work is always so gorgeous and keeping the little tags attached really makes these unique. I wonder how all the keys to a building ended up at a yard sale? Maybe they once belonged to the maintenance person...? Mysterious!

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  21. You've unlocked a real treasure here!! What a fantastic and creative approach!!!

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  22. Gah! You clever girl! How lovely and creative.

    Thank you SO much for your sweet thoughts.

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  23. What unusual key tags, I've never seen any like that before. Love how you've put your necklaces together.

    I was wondering, do pins sell well for you? I've made some from old bow type shoe clips that haven't sold at the few shows I've done. I admit they're not for everyone.

    Love your key ones, don't know if I saw them and noticed you also have a bale on them before. Very smart!
    Susanne.

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  24. Way cool! Keys are right up there with buttons in my book!!


    Sorry I haven't been around much. Just now starting to be able to come out of the darkness.
    *hugs*deb

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  25. So much fun...LOVE these :) Laurel

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  26. Love the key necklaces!!! Your creativity always amazes me!!!

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  27. Hi there- found you through the hop and am a new follower. I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by http://withoutcomplexities.blogspot.com
    I enjoy making jewelry as well!

    I hope you are having a great week!

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  28. Super cool. The ones with the bling are truly beautiful.

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  29. Hi Betsy! I think keys are really your specialty. Would it be alright if I call you the goddess of key upcycling? You are really the greatest. And I think I needed that "diet room" right now.

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  30. Love your creativity and imagination! Penthouse...hmm?
    New follower.
    Audrey at eleganteconomies.blogspot.com

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  31. Oh, how cool is that?

    However, I wonder if anyone would like a necklace that said "Minor Surgery"??!!??

    Love the Nurse's Dressing Room.....

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  32. OMGoodness, I am in love with your key jewelry! What a unique idea! andrea@townandprairie

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  33. I found your keys on Pinterest. They are so beautiful! They remind me of all my Grandma's jewelery that she let me play with. Any tips on finding keys?

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