I have fallen in love with making these Shimmer Keys! Over the last year I have collected these old keys during my visits to flea markets and antique stores. I really liked the flat ones for some reason, and I kept collecting more and more of them.
I finally did some experimenting with coloring resin and applying a painterly layer to the keys. I wish I could better photograph the wonderful iridescent finishes on these keys. They are magical!
I have used up about half of my keys and I am still experimenting! I listed the first batch in my Etsy shop, each matched with a ring (which would make a great toggle, by the way). I ran out of little measuring cups for resin, so now I have to wait a while to do more. I am looking forward to stringing up some jewelry designs with these and experiment with more colors. Which ones are your favorites? What colors would you like to see?
Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.