I have been eying some trampoline springs at the Habitat Restore for some time. I liked the shape and feel of them, but nothing came to mind. A few weeks ago I saw tassels made from large bolts on Market Nine Home and immediately thought of those springs. I finally went back and purchased the trampoline springs, a small bag of teeny screws, nuts, and washers, and a partial roll of wire. ( I ended up not using the wire.)
I did not care about conformity as you can see. I decided that six strands doubled would be enough for the tassel.
Here are the six strands folded in half.
Here is a close-up of the strands.
I painted the trampoline springs yellow, turquoise, and a dark blue-green. Then I distressed them by dry-brushing them with white and adding a antique gold glaze over the paint. I sealed with a satin varnish after rubbing off some of the paint.
It was at this time my husband walked through (actually he hobbled through - he has back spasms) and asked " Did you just take something rusty, paint them, and then made them rusty-looking?"
To which I replied, "Of course. I AM a rust goddess!"
As I waited for the springs to dry, I printed some vintage photographs of children courtesy of Karen at The Graphics Fairy. I have been wanting to use them - they are so cute and I love old photos. I painted around the edges with a Sharpie gold paint pen, used my craft scissors to cut them out, and threw some glitter on them just for interest.
For the front door I used raffia and the twine strands to make a tassel. I attached a photo of a little boy with his cello.
(Yes, my front door is distressed red on the outside - right in public!)
I like the contrast of the little girl wrapped in a winter's coat on a "spring" tassel. The spring is turquoise and the tassel a pink calico.
The yellow spring sports a turquoise tassel and a photo of a girl and her cat. (By the way one of the cats - Azalee - has just discovered the tassels. They seem to be excellent cat toys!)
Yellow tassel on a dark blue-green spring with the boy and his cello used again.
Well, I have accomplished several things this weekend - primed a few tables and drawers, made tassels, and found time to squeeze in some grocery shopping - peanut butter on saltine crackers was getting too boring! Just kidding - we did take-out.
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