Make the center a picture frame for something sports related? Or an old fashioned picture of women in those long dresses playing tennis? Cut off the handle, use the center as a base for a mobile, or wind chime? If they're in good shape, donate them to a local school or youth oriented group. There are always kids who'd like to learn to play, but don't have money for new raquets. Make the center into a neat wall clock for a sports themed room. Use them as racks to dry flowers. The mesh is too big to use them for paper making, right? Put a mirror in the middle, decorate the rest. Think about it-it's almost tree shaped, isn't it? It could be the base that lets you make a tree to hang on the wall. Good luck!
46: The trash! All the containers we throw away. Coffee cans, glass jars, ect. can be covered with fabric, or pretty paper. Fill with cookies, or just use as storage.Tin cans can become pencil holders. Pretty metal soft drink cans, Monster or Arizona tea cans are thin enough to be cut with scissors, and turned into jewelry, or...anything! Newspaper and junk mail and magazines? Weave them to make a bag-folks here have made nifty purses, there's tutes. I've seen soo many things made from magazines here. Or use the paper to decoupage with. Or just use elmers glue, and use the paper for paper mache. You can paint your sculpture to make it pretty, or just use a pretty paper or fabric for the top layer. Make paper beads. Somewhere. long ago, I saw a jewelry artist online who used metal tubes that tomato paste came in-she cut them open, used the soft goldish metal, perhaps toothpaste tubes also? Oh, I've seen toothpaste tubes pencil pouches here. Plastic water bottles? Again, on craftster, she cut them like you do to roll up paper beads, colored them with pencils and markers, rolled them, held them with pliers, heated them over a torch(I used a candle, was a pain, but worth experimenting again sometime) and made cool beads. Someone else here used plastic bottles to make flowers-heck, you could cut open any plastic bottle, flatten it, and cut out shapes for...anything! Cut up a pringle's can, cover it to make a bangle bracelet. You can save potato chip bags-I've seen folks here shrink them in the oven-find a tute, I forget the details! The purses, ect, folks here have made from ramen bags, or foil juice packs. That's just off the top of my head, there's so much more. Before you toss it or recycle something-look at it and think of it as a craft material.
You could turn a reel into a clock. Get a clock kit from the craft store, or take apart a cheap dollar store clock. It would be nifty! Those vintage boxes are fabulous. You could take the front and back of a box, reinforce them, make them into the covers of a family photo album! They'd be great gifts for family members, put in some old family photos, scan and copy some from relatives.
The last time, well the only time I bought gears on line, I got two small containers of tiny watch gears, but I forget how much they were. I have found ugly clocks at Goodwill-usually two dollars, I think four or five is the highest I've seen them. Watches at Goodwill aren't as cheap as you'd think. Once someone let me buy a few for two dollars each, usually they want ....can't remember, between three and five, depends on the watch. It was worth it for me, because I'm hard on watch bands! And I'll take one off an old watch before I'll pay ten dollars or more for a replacement one. So yeah, haunt thrift stores-you may get lucky. Oh! Manto Fev! That's the website I bought from. It's interesting. Odd individual beads, fabric pieces, strange stuff. It has neat stuff, but since I'm broke, I haven't checked them out for a while. And it's a long shot, but perhaps freecycle? I made the big gear in the middle of the dreamcatcher from polyclay. Oh! hardware/auto parts stores! I wonder if they would have any? I've heard them reccomeded as good places for pliers, chain, doodads, ect. for crafting. Another long shot, but if you're near one...Good luck.
The teacups were from Michaels, but I'd had them in my stash for a long time. The box-it had a book in it originally, the front flap is magnetic. I painted over the writing with a few layers of metallic rust lumineire. I decoupaged the airship,then sprayed on one coat of clear acrylic sealer. I had a little bit of neat ribbon to glue around the lid, but it was a teeny bit short, so I glued on a couple of metal doodads. What's funny about the picture? It was from a free local weekly, advertising a music fest. I careully cut it out, and placed it between a book so it wouldn't get lost or crinkled while I painted. Then I lost it. Fortunately there was another ad for it in that weekly-I never did find the first one I cut out! I'm glad you liked it!