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Topic: Plastic watch bands, old keyrings, timepieces, tie tacks etc.  (Read 1268 times)
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« on: March 18, 2008 09:20:06 AM »

So I'm going through my dad's stuff, and there are some truly amazing categories of junk.  Which of course I want to do something with, because it was my dad's junk. Smiley  I abandoned all hope of figuring out all the random machine parts and hardware, but I have a few odd little collections that seem promising:

I have about 200 keys and keyrings.  While keys are easy to use, I have no idea what to do with all the keyrings (mostly split rings, with metal, plastic, rubber, wood, etc. dangly things, both classic styles and cheapy promotional styles).

And what on earth can I do with a whole collection of brand new plastic watch bands?  (He used to buy the cheap plastic digital watches and detach the bands, then carry the watch itself around in a coin purse in his pocket).

Several old dead watches (metal cases, plain white face, but not "collector" watches-- just plain stuff from KMart or somewhere-- mostly my mother's)

A bunch of really old tie tacks and tie bars, some of which are broken.
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2008 05:51:23 PM »

Some thoughts

Old keys--- put all in a jar for decoration/ necklaces???
Key rings with tags or with keys or both --- decorate a Christmas tree with only these items as a rememberance of your dad/ or necklaces or bracelets
Tie tacs--- I used some to decorate my homemade bulletin board at the junctures of where the ribbons crossed.
Plastic watch bands  --again to decorate a tree or use to wrap around a can or jar for decoration.. use some kind of adhesive that would keep the bands in place and then have a multi-colored rings around that item/ or necklaces/bracelets

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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2008 02:28:03 AM »

With the keys you could make a mobile to hang outside or by your window. When the wind blows it will chime.
The only other thing you'll need is a couple of wire coat hangers, some wire cutters and some pliers.

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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2008 05:52:12 AM »

I've seen bracelets,ect. made with old watches-glass removed,a picture added,glass put back. Or taken apart for the lovely gears. I like old keys made into jewelry.Cover a blank journal, or a picture frame.keyrings are tough.Hmm...just the split metal part,put beads on them instead of keys,and link them together to make something?Could split wire keyrings be made into some kind of photo/memo holder? Plastic watchbands-you can heat fuse some plastic-I've seen plastic bag fabric on the eco craftalong, and sweetsforever's melted bead pictures,lampshades,ect. Good venelation a must,of course! Could they be made into strips and woven?Could the keyrings themselves-not the keys-become some kind of cheerful mobile or chime? Broken tie bars and pins made into brooches-use jewelry glue,wire wrap them, and or solder them.

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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2008 06:55:37 AM »

I bet the plastic watchbands could be glued to a picture frame...maybe lengthwise along the frame, with a few affixed diagonally (at the corners, maybe). Then you could frame a photo of your dad, or some scrapbooky collage --

Actually, that's another idea. Some craft stores have those 12"x12" wooden frames for framing a scrapbook page; you could decorate one of those with the odds'n'ends you have.
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2008 07:26:26 PM »

You could paint the watchbands and perhaps sew something  or attach something cool to the center to make you own  funky jewlery..  sew hand bags and use them as closer straps...  make a cool corset and use them as closure straps...  or a funky rain jacket..  Those will make some kind of cool matrix  clothing closures..

I decorated a birdhouse with all the odds n ends my daughter collected for  a year n half..   looks pretty cool..

All those metal things can make pretty nice sounds if you make a wind chime..

you could use the metal rings in some flower pot macrame ....

tie tacs.. decorat a styrofoam ball with ribbon (like velvet blue or some other dad color .. then pin you tie tacs..could be you christmas ornament..

tie tacs are kind of fun to decorate a cute hat with  .. or hold ribbon in place on your hat or lapel.. or hold a scarf in place..   you could snip off the point.. and  use very strog glue to attatch to ribbon so that you can wear it..

the  tie tac's  you could  take in to a jewler and have them melt them down may be redesign in into something you could wear..  (it would get used and you would think of him every time.. )
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