That's too funny. I work for a linen company and I also have a stack of off-white pillow cases, along with lots of other linen, towels, scrubs, etc. that I can't stand to see thrown away. They are all in a corner awaiting some kind of transformation. If you don't mind, I am going to anxiously watch the replies here. Everything is perfectly usable, they just can't be used for customers because they are slightly yellow from all the chemicals we use.
My husband and I love to go to our local City Barbeque restaurant. They serve old fashioned sodas and beers in big iced tubs. They have openers on the sides of the counters. They always like it when I come in and rifle through their drop boxes looking for the coolest caps. I never leave with empty pockets from there.
Bars are a great source of intersting wine corks, too. Especially restaurant bars.
I work at a commercial linen/laundry company. When we rag out linen, we take the tags off. I have to count them all to track the ragout, then I throw the tags away. Sometimes I've done over 200 at once. I hate to throw them away. I keep thinking there has to be something that they can be used for. They are little tags like you find on your towels and things. They have the company name and linen size. They are small, maybe 2 1/2 inches long, when unfolded, but all different sizes from different companies. Any ideas?
I think that looks great. I've been making bottle cap jewelry for my daughters for a few weeks now. We play lots of poker at our house, and everyone brings lots of stuff to drink, so I insist they leave the bottle caps in a big tub. Its really fun to go through them. I have to be careful to get caps that don't actually say "beer" on them anywhere (school ya know). Magic Hat Brewery has these really cool caps that are black with a gold spiral and a red star right in the middle. Smirnoff Ice (I think) has different colored caps for different flavors, and it has some kind of bird thing on it. Since their school color is blue and their mascot is the Skyhawk, I made some blue ones for spirit week. They tell me their friends are always finding them in the hallways to see what kinds of new earrings they are wearing. I've made pencil eraser earrings, big shiny chrome colored jacks from the dollar store, ear buds... Now my daughters don't just see junk. They look at stuff in a whole new way.
Plus it is a good way to take out your frustrations, pounding away at the anvil...
I've become addicted to these also. I made one out of a Canadian nickel, I think it was, which turned out really nice. Not too wide, and nice and shiny silver. I've also made one out of a 1955 quarter, but my only problem was with the grinding. I used my dremel grinding tool, but since there was lots of silver in it, the melted silver is all over my grinding bit. I have to figure out a way to fix that. But it turned out great. I made another out of a Sacajawea coin, and its about 7-8 mm wide, but it has lots of copper in it, so the edges are silver and the middle is copper. i left it brushed instead of polishing it.
We have a bench vise with a flat plate, like an anvil base. Works really nice for hammering. I use a pretty large hammer, which makes the job go faster.
Long time lurker, first time poster. My son brought me eight hand grenade pins from his time at Air Force Basic Training. I would like to do something jewelry-ish with them, but all ideas are appreciated. They aren't quite what I was thinking they were going be, and they are a little heavy for earrings. I was thinking of attaching two jump rings to each one and attaching chain, making a necklace. They are a greenish/bronze color, and are made like keychains.
I inherited a bunch of my Grandma's old handmade quilts. When one of them had some loose stitches, I found inside she had sewn lots of old towels together to make the batting. It made the quilt very heavy but thin, and very comforting.