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:

Sandi Keene said...

What a great find!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

wonderful!

Wax Beach Artist said...

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

d e l i g h t said...

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

Petite Michelle Louise said...

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! :)

kpaints said...

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

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

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

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

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

Blessings,
Linda

Josie said...

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

Glenda/MidSouth said...

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

Loretta said...

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

fabriquefantastique said...

so glad this post led me to your etsy shop

Michelle L. said...

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

Di said...

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

stefanie said...

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

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

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

Funky Junk Interiors said...

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! :)

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Donna

Reno and Reorganization said...

What beautiful jewelry!

Jennibellie said...

Absolutely beautiful Betsy, thanks for sharing much love Jennibellie x

TracyMB @ Crow's Feet Chic said...

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

Junky Vagabond said...

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

Cottage and Broome said...

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

Into Vintage said...

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!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

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

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Gah! You clever girl! How lovely and creative.

Thank you SO much for your sweet thoughts.

Susanne said...

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.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

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

Laurel said...

So much fun...LOVE these :) Laurel

A Vintage Green said...

Great key find. Totally funky.
- Joy

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

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

Lovely Light said...

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!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

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

Diane Writes said...

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.

Audrey said...

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

pamq said...

Oh, how cool is that?

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

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

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

WoW!! This is an amazing idea :D

andrea said...

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

Kristen@fit2feelbetter said...

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?