This year’s Christmas ornament was inspired by a stash of great clock gears that I found at the flea market last summer and tucked away until just a few weeks ago. The way it generally goes is that I find something like the gears, and then keep an “eye out” for other possibilities. I need about 10 of any given thing. (One year, the edition was 18! That was WAY TOO MANY.) The second find was the great vintage copper stars: I loved their patina. I bought them in pairs, thinking I would create a two-sided ornament, with the gears as trim… That was it!
I raided my stash for other potential goodies, …and the idea began to come together. I pulled out other random copper stampings, small brass screws and washers, beads, enameled copper “gears”, vintage glass drops, and an old chain necklace…anything that seemed to “go” with my “plan”. how to appraise a domain name . All were laid out on a silver tray (one of the things taking up square feet on my table in my November 24, 2012 post) I buy old trays at the thrift store for a few dollars and use them to hold all of the potential pieces and parts of a possible project. It might sit on my worktable for days, weeks, or months; sometimes waiting for inspiration, other times, just for the time to get to it.)
The final and very serendipitous find, found on the very last day of the flea season, were the vintage clock hands…
My kids usually get “first pick” when the ornaments are done; I always hold my breath, hoping they don’t choose my favorite!