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:

  1. 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!

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

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

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

    Jeanine

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

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  6. 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

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

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  8. Very Pretty !!!
    Have a great weekend.

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

    xo
    Danielle

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

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

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  12. I absolutely love these. Beautiful transformations!

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

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

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

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

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  17. 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.

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

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  19. 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

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

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

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

    Huggs, Nancy

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  23. 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?

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  24. 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.

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  25. These are so beautiful!!

    Great ideas...you go girl!

    blessings
    barb

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

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

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  28. You never cease to amaze! Pure fabulousness.
    Liz

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  29. 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!

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  30. 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

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

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  32. 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!

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

    Blessings,
    Linda

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

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  35. So beautiful...love their glitzy jewels :)

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

    Carol

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  37. Those are so cute! Really, really creative!

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  38. 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

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

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

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

    ~ Vanessa W

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