Friday, October 26, 2012

Vintage Hair Brush Frames

I think I'm hooked on repurposing worn out and once loved vintage hair brushes.  These two have definitely seen better days, so what better way to keep them fresh and alive for years to come.  Both ladies (I'm declaring them sisters) were found modeling their "frocks" in a November 1910 issue of The Designer Magazine.

I didn't take pictures along the way, but you can see how I put these sisters together from two similar hair brush transformations here and here.

I added some rhinestones and tiny feathers to her very fashionable hat, and a decorative bead to her fancy lace scarf.

Sister's hat was decorated with a pair of vintage earrings.  Her necklace is a small piece of a rhinestone bracelet with a little brass flower for the pendant. 

I added some lace and beads around the edges, then attached a rhinestone pin and earring to the top of each handle with E6000 glue.

Hanging around with pieces of broken rosary and chain.

The back of one brush still looks good with its pretty patina, the other one...not so good.

As long as the scale/size looks good, you could fill these with just about anything.  I've been searching for the perfect picture of my grandmother so she can be the star of my next brush makeover.

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46 comments:

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Gorgeous as always!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They are beautiful! WOW! I've seen them with seashells glued on, too. I need to find one to play with! Enjoy the weekend ahead! Sweet hugs!

Gypsea said...

These are so pretty! I really love how creative you are!

Karen Bates said...

Wow, you have such a wonderful imagination! Love them!

Okio B Designs said...

Really just stunning! I have some old mirrors and I would love to copycat this!

Jeanine

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! Love these! Hope you find the right photo of your Grandmother to do another one! hugs, Linda

Shabby Gr8 Dane said...

I love the mirrors. I have always loved vintage vanity sets and this repurpose is a true fit for the romance of the brush. Thank you for sharing.

Sherrie

Maureen said...

Wow! Oh Betsy, these are GORGEOUS! I adore them, especially the silver one... do you sell them? So incredibly talented are you...

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty !!!
Have a great weekend.

Blessed Serendipity said...

These are beautiful! I love the woman's shy look in the silver handled one.

xo
Danielle

Michelle L. said...

Sighhhh. They make me so nostalgic. I just love the 3-D effect you create with the added jewels!

Cozy Little House said...

These are so beautiful! You certainly have a lot of talent with repurposing old items.
Brenda

Maggie said...

As always, just lovely!

Peggy said...

I absolutely love these. Beautiful transformations!

Kadee @KadeeWillow said...

How creative and oh, so charming! You sure got busy quick!!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love these. Such a beautiful way to save these old brushes.

Anne said...

Betsy what beautiful hand mirrors! I love how you transformed these right down to every single detail! Just lovely!
xx
Anne

cynthia lee designs said...

Just beautiful!!!
Love them.
~Cindy

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I can't wait to see the one with your grandmother! What a great idea.

Revi said...

Charming!
-Revi

Into Vintage said...

I'm envisioning the amazing stash you must get to dig through when putting these together -- so many little interesting bits & pieces. The portraits your chose are perfect and what a great way to honor your grandmother as well.

Pam @ 52apothecaryshop said...

Great transformations, Betsy, they are divine! I love the original handles and your images. xo pam

The Pink Geranium said...

Amazing transformation, truly!

I am trying to remember where I put some old vintage brushes.. I know they're here somewhere...

Jan @ The Pink Geranium

Susan said...

You have outdone yourself with these beauties. I especially like them because they are sisters. (I am one of five)So precious...

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

These are really pretty, Betsy--you are so creative! I'm always inspired when I see your projects.

Nancy said...

Betsy, these are just adorable!! I never would have thought of tearing out the Bristles~neat, neat idea!!

Huggs, Nancy

Kathy said...

I would love to see the stash you pull all these bits and pieces from!
One question about the construction - how do you get the bushes out?

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Good question Kathy. Sometimes the brushes have already fallen out, love it when this is the case. The silver one just popped right out because it was so loose. The green brush had a wood backing so I hit it a few times with a hammer and chisel. This cracked the wood enough to let me pull it out of the frame in a few pieces.

Barbara Jean said...

These are so beautiful!!

Great ideas...you go girl!

blessings
barb

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

You always see the potential beauty in objects that have lost their lustre. My favorite part is the addition of the feathers! Lovely!!!

Vintage Gal said...

Betsy ~ you are so talented and your inspiration ~ where does it come from? These vintage hair brush frames are absolutely fabulous. You are amazing ;-)

~ Liz ~ said...

You never cease to amaze! Pure fabulousness.
Liz

Diane Writes said...

Classic elegance that has the "Betsy's trademark" of excellent craftmanship. I'm excited to see the version with your gradmother's picture. It will be more special and personalized. Have a great weekend Betsy!

Georgie Horn said...

I love these hair brushes!

Marti Cooper said...

I love this, this is very creative! I have a SHOW-case Craft Showcase going on this weekend if you would like to be a part of! :)

http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2012/10/show-licious-craft-showcase-5.html

Susan said...

Betsy
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I just love how you tweaked those mirrors. You always have such wonderful things on your blog!

Mary Ellen said...

These brush transformations are wonderful!! I hope you don't mind me pinning your idea for when I find those old brushes I bought at a yard sale several years ago! I have a couple of old mirrors too that I bet would work!

bee blessed
mary

ps using a relatives picture would be a great gift idea! like it!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Betsy,
These are both very pretty, come by and share them at my party and see who is featured today:)

Blessings,
Linda

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH, I do love these, Betsy...absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my paper towel holder post!

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

So beautiful...love their glitzy jewels :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Betsy, this is just plain fabulous...You are so creative!

Carol

Pam said...

Those are so cute! Really, really creative!

Curtains in My Tree said...


This is the first time I have seen these all decorated up and looks like you used some of your good stuff for embellishments on the brushes, I also like the pictures of the early 1900's ladies

Melissa/Piney Rose said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE these... You are an absolute genious.

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Very clever and original. Glad I found you through Coastal Charm!

My Happy Place by Vanessa said...

So beautiful! These hand held mirrors scream vintage and so heirloom quality!! Gorgeous!

~ Vanessa W