Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Antique Hair Brush Transformation

I really don't recall where I found this antique brush frame or how long I've had it, but I'm sure I picked it up for next to nothing at a flea market or yard sale. I wanted to create another decorated picture frame similar to the one in my header and in this post from February.

I didn't have another tin type available or an antique picture that would fit, so I started looking through my stack of antique fashion magazines.

The main ingredients:  an ornate antique brush frame, vintage clip on earring, strand of pearls, and a picture from The Designer Magazine, April 1911.  One coat of matte Mod Podge with a little water was used to attach the picture to the cardboard.

The pearls, lace, and rhinestones were all glued in place with Aleene's clear gel Tacky Glue.  For a stronger hold, I used E6000 to attach the vintage earring.  I punched two small holes in the top of the frame and attached the chain with wrapped headpins.

We had a little accident while I was attaching the chain to the top of the frame.  I dropped my jewelry pliers on her lapel and they gave her a nasty little cut.  Good thing they didn't land a little higher because she'd look pretty strange with a rhinestone in the middle of her face.  

I think she's happy all dressed up in her fancy new hat and jewelry.

I'm joining the party at:
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Knick of Time for Knick of Time Tuesday
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday
My Repurposed Life for Catch As Catch Can
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
No Minimalist Here for Open House Party Thursday

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42 comments:

Connie Mercer said...

awesome Betsy~love it!!!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Another beauty, Betsy. You rock.

sonya said...

Your antique hair brush is just gorgeous. Love it!

Helen and her Daughters said...

You are so talented, I just love this!

Susan said...

Betsy, you are so creative! I love how you dressed up that mirror.

Loretta said...

Lovely...just lovely!!! How many times have I told you you rock? Well, here's another...YOU ROCK GIRL!!! It had to be you!!

Love you...

Barbara Jean said...

That is just plain, or not so plain, gorgeous!!!!

blessings
barb

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You definitely have so much creativity going on. Love what you did to the old brush.

Maggie said...

good save, Betsy--the dropped pliers was a blessing in disguise; the lapel pin looks perfect! Very pretty project!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Very, very pretty, Betsy!!!

xoxo

Kathy said...

Oh, Betsy, this is beautiful! I never thought of making a hairbrush into a frame. How did you get the brush part out?

Anne said...

Betsy,
That looks beautiful.
Anne

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Betsy, this is beautiful. Thanks for sharing how you created this beauty and also for sharing the oops and how you fixed it.

I must tell you that I often see things when visiting yard sales and think, "Betsy could do something with that." I can recognize that an item has possibilities, but just lack the creativity to make it so. I'll keep stopping by to see what you have whipped up and maybe one day my creative gene will kick in!

Erika said...

WOW I don't have other words to describe how beautiful this turned out, it is WOW, I like it so much and caught my attention as soon as I saw the picture, very very well done, the picture is perfect and all the embellishments as well. Thank you for sharing, I am glad to be your new friend and follow you.

Tammy's in Love said...

You clever gal you! Cover her flaws with jewels; I must tell my husband I need that same treatment!

Tammy

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH Betsy...this is beautiful! And the nick on her lapel must have been a happy accident as it looks so charming bejeweled! You are inspiring me to use an old hand mirror frame I have...

Terri Daugherty said...

Oh my, this is so beautiful and so so clever! I love the image and how you decorated her hat. The lapel brooch looks good there too. Just beautiful...love it!!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

So beautiful, I never would have thought to do this! Love it, and the new header!

Kathryn said...

Oh MY GOODNESS!! Just stunning! So clever!!!
My sister collects antique hand mirrors. We have passed up many of them due to no or broken glass. NOW we have a way and a purpose to save those lovelies thanks to you!
Also, thanks for the picmonkey link! I have had hours of fun there! (and posted some of them on my blog)
You're an inspiration!!!!
Hugs!
kat

Michelle L. said...

Very simply, the 3-D hat and brooch make me really happy. What a cool, romantic ornamental piece!

Diane Writes said...

Hi Betsy! I hate you :D I hate you because you make everything looks so easy and beautiful LOL If I will be the one to do the such task, I'm sure it would end up the ugliest. :D Anyway, you made the hairbrush look so vintage and expensive. It really looks as if it is being owned by a royal princess.

Spyder said...

Very pretty!
(Lyn)

imsteelefullofscrap said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!

autena said...

A lucky accident with the scissors--the lapel 'jewels' are lovely! They say necessity is the mother of invention.

Maureen said...

Betsy: LOVE it! I would never know that the lapel pin is covering up an accident... it is perfect! Perhaps she was just guiding your hand to be sure to add it? It's exquisite!

Peggy said...

Really pretty!

Thrifty Vintage Peach said...

OOOOO I love it!

bobbie said...

Hi ~ I just found your blog, courtesy of "Paper Matters" ~
The hair brush is fabulous!

Angie said...

Betsy, that is absolutely gorgeous! Why in the world haven't you come by to share this at Knick of Time Tuesday??!!! :0)

Blessings,
Angie

Angie said...

Betsy, that is absolutely gorgeous! Why in the world haven't you come by to share this at Knick of Time Tuesday??!!! :0)

Blessings,
Angie

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Betsy, This is absolutely gorgeous! You have the talent to create such beautiful objects. Thanks for linking to the OHP.

Okio B Designs said...

Oh my! Beautifully done! I have an old mirror in our guest room and I think you have inspired me to do something creative with it!

Jeanine

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Betsy, You are one of the top 2 most creative bloggers I follow. This is so cute and I love projects that look like fun too. I often find mirrors where the backs are ruined, I never thought about replacing it with something...Genius!

Carol

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

So very pretty...that little brooch is the perfect touch...a "happy accident"? :)

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Amazingly gorgeous!! Love what you did for the littleaccident..it was meant to be..it looks amazing!
*hugs*deb

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a fabulous makeover! She is absolutely gorgeous and what a show of creativity! I'd love to have you link up and share with us at Ivy and Elephants, it is amazing!
Hugs,
Patti

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Amazing! I need to learn to have vision when I see something like this at the thrift store. Thanks for mentioning the glue, too! I need me some! heehee!

Roxanne Reinhart said...

I LOVE IT!!

donnaray said...

You are certainly a lady after my heart,
well you know what I mean. I love your site.
These type of things are my passion.
I found you through Pinterest and I'm so glad I did.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

OMG!!
What a terrific idea!! And just my style!! Thanks so much for sharing this great idea!!

Hugs,
Deb

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

The details of your creations are always so charming, Betsy. I love what you did with this lady's pretty hat...AND the lapel pin.

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Your creativity is always a welcomed addition. Stop in tonight, and see yourself featured.

Hugs,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Betsy, this is so beautiful and creative! I'll be featuring this post on Vintage Inspiration Thursday afternoon, thanks so much for linking up!