Sunday

Keys on Display


Have you ever noticed that even though you haven't moved or bought a new car in years, every time you open your junk drawer you find another key? They tend to breed in dark places. This is a perfect recycling project. My key stash yielded a number of interesting specimens so I glued them onto a background and framed them.

May I rant a bit?

I don't trust glues. I've put together projects only to have parts pop off months later. Yet it takes chemical warfare and a blow torch to remove price tags. I understand that some airplane parts are even put together with glue. I think there are 2 kinds of glue; one for the commercial sector and one for us. Please manufacturers, trust us with glues that work!

Whew, I feel better now. Saying that, I have found that Goop is fairly reliable.

Materials:
keys
black foamcore board
shadowbox frame
heavy duty glue (Goop, E-6000, Liquid nails, epoxy)

Arrange keys in a pleasing manner. Adhere each key using a tiny bit of the glue. Allow to dry and frame.



Tips:
Unless you use your glue every day buy the smallest tubes possible as no matter how tightly you screw on the caps, they always tend to dry out and there is nothing more discouraging than a large, expensive tube of hardened glue.

24 comments:

Jen Lossing said...

This is a pretty cool display. I always see cool old keys and wonder what I could do with them. Love this idea. Great job!

Jan said...

Oh I agree with you on glue. Sometimes it is a royal pain. It is impossible to keep it from drying out even super glue gel gets dry. I looked at the Goop but I didn't know how good it would hold and I have a drawer half full of glue. Thanks for the info.

Jennelise said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I love the way you designed them in a group! I just love old keys :)
Jennelise

the cape on the corner said...

love this!

Martha said...

Love this! I have oodles of keys, too.
And I'll share a trick: when you first get a tube of glue (like E-6000 or Goop), rub Vaseline around the pointy end and stick some in the cap, too. That way when you screw the cap back on, it won't glue itself shut. (That makes me CRAZY.)
Thanks for your awesome ideas!

Desiree Siegel said...

I am so glad you posted this about the glue! I thought it was just me that couldn't keep anything stuck together for very long. :)

Kathie said...

Very attractive and simple display! I love keys!

Healing Woman said...

Those old keys are just perfect for giving any room an antiquated quality. I love the shabby chicness of them. Thanks so much for showing this creative use.

artclubblog.com said...

What a great way to display them! I recently bought some skeleton style keys at a flea market, and I've been trying to find a way to display them. This might just do the trick! Thanks for the idea.

creativejewishmom.com said...

love your key art! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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