I haven't really incorporated actual keys or key images into my work before, but I must admit that I am drawn to them. I always look for them if I am out and about browsing antique and/or thrift shops.
|Antique market finds!|
What is it about these vintage, ornate (or not) keys? It seems I am not alone in my love and fascination for them...they seem to evoke some romantic and mysterious vibe. If you search for "antique keys" or "skeleton keys" on Pinterest you come up with loads of stuff! FYI...Did you know that a "skeleton key" refers to a specific type of antique key that actually is able to unlock multiple doors, and many that are referred to as skeleton keys, are not at all! Here is an interesting article I stumbled upon while reading up. http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/unlocking-the-riddle-of-skeleton-key-necklaces/
This week, after looking at keys and different designs, I decided to create one out of copper sheet. I traced a key I have onto copper sheet, sawed it out, filed it, embossed it, and gave it a LOS bath. It turned out cute, but I decided it was lonely. I then cut out a free-form heart shape, added a key hole, dapped it and enameled it in a pretty red shade. Not to leave anyone guessing, I added a tag stamped with "key to my heart". Cute...they will probably become a simple necklace. Note to self...use heavier gauge sheet for future attempts!
A few other beautiful examples of key love...
|Ceramic pendants by Jenny Davies-Reazor|
|Bronze clay heart and key by Lesley Watt|
|Brass key with patina by Sue Kennedy|
|Lampwork necklace by VenBead|
Melismatic Art Jewelry
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