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« on: November 25, 2003 07:45:23 AM »

Hi there- I am new around these parts and thought I would share a little. I wanted to surprise my husband with something cool and bike-ish since he is an avid cyclist. I got a bunch of FREE old bike parts from a repair shop down the street and now am trying to figure out what to do with this stuff.


So I came up with a couple things so far. A perfectly sized tealight holder:


and a couple of ornaments. (these I had to spraypaint silver first and just tied with a cute red ribbon):


They are the kind of thing that only a cyclist could like I think. Any suggestions would be helpful. This is a work in progress for sure. I will post more pics as I have created stuff.
I am going to do something cool with the chain I just have to figure out how to tool that handles the connections works.
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2003 09:32:55 AM »

Good ideas so far.  

It would be cool to make some hangable art.  Like, get a piece of plywood and paint it (a color that contrasts w/the gears, or paint the gears too), and then hammer the pieces on it.  It seems like it would make a cool piece of art.
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2003 09:47:57 AM »

it would be really cool, but difficult, to get some pieces together to work as a moving part...like moving gears....in a clock or something.
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2003 12:02:14 PM »

uncommongoods has a bunch of inspiration stuff -

bracelets
http://www.uncommongoods.com/images/product/11384_lg.jpg
i have one of these i bought like 8 years ago

(i have a necklace too)

clock
http://www.uncommongoods.com/images/product/11246_med.jpg
and
http://www.uncommongoods.com/images/product/11383_med.jpg

cd rack
http://www.uncommongoods.com/images/product/11382_med.jpg

candle holders
http://www.uncommongoods.com/images/product/11222_med.jpg

picture frame
http://www.uncommongoods.com/images/product/10973_med.jpg
and
http://www.uncommongoods.com/images/product/10143_med.jpg

bottle opener
http://www.uncommongoods.com/images/product/10144_med.jpg
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2003 12:05:41 PM »

Wow! Those are all great ideas! Thanks and I will post when I come up with something. The hardest part it seams is getting the grease off the parts.
Thanks Again!
CS
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2003 02:22:00 PM »

that tea light holder is really cute Grin
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2003 02:58:12 PM »

If you don't use all of the chain, you could make a really great wrist cuff with some scrap leather or pre-cut Tandy leather in the height of an individual link (about an inch) and enought lenght to cover the wrist along with enough suede string to wrap around the wrist four times.  After breaking the chain, seperate the top and the bottom by removing the pins of each link.  Then hand sew the individual top and bottom pieces to the leather using the suede string so that the string also forms a stitch around the leather creating a polished look.  Leave enough of the suede at each end so that the cuff may be tied on.  I don't have a picture because I haven't worn out my current bike chain yet...
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unladylike
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2003 03:10:47 PM »

I've seen a really cool wall-mounted magazine rack made from a bicycle tire rim.  The tire and all the spokes had been removed and then wire had been strung through the spoke holes in a back and forth pattern to create taut, straight lines.  Magazines get draped over the wire and then the whole she-bang was hung on the wall.  The one I saw was the original chrome (and about $65!), but you could probably spray paint to match your decor.  Just about the right size for a bathroom reading rack. . .  Let me know if you try this; I always plan to (heh heh)!
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« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2003 06:21:14 PM »

Well, there's always the ever-present ReadyMade-style lamp project you could do.

Other examples of things that can be made (including the CD rack that has been mentioned) can be found here: http://www.eco-artware.com/index.shtml
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feelingleftout
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2003 04:36:09 PM »

I think the stacked up circle things...i forget the proper name for them...anyways, they'd make a super cute pillar holder if you just put a pillar candle in the middle of them.
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