You might have seen my post last year about making mosaic pots from bits of broken crockery?
My friends have continued to pass on bits of old crockery that they find in their cottage garden, and I now have a treasure trove!
Straight from the Earth.
I like to imagine an older couple, living in the cottage and collecting their broken bits of crockery to break into smaller pieces to use as a rather posh slug and snail deterrent on their English Country Garden.
I keep them in glass jars on the shelf so I can dream about them.
I have also been dreaming about making things with them, so that I can see them more.
But without taking too much away from how they were found.
So I decided that I wanted to make ornaments for the tree with them, and tried to solder the edges.
I didn't really know what soldering was, and to be honest, I thought that if I could "solder", I would be all badass, like Jennifer Beals in Flashdance.
Although I enjoyed soldering, and I did improve after about seven attempts,
my work is pathetic and I am too ashamed to show the close ups.
I also rather liked the rougher edges so I decided to clean a few up and just glue a small hook to the back and slip a hook through to see how that looked.
Not so great pictures- I was distracted by the two year old. But I'm pretty pleased and I will probably cover the tree with them this year. The other great thing is that it's not a permanent feature. I am sure that you could scrape the dot of glue off of the back quite easily.
Having got the glue gun all fired up, I decided to make some marble ornaments too.
I will have to replenish the kid's stash, but I love how these turned out.
Just a dollop of glue on the top and stuck the little loop in as it dried. These will come off very easily as well, so not likely to last for years, but most ornaments are a bit fragile.
I would love to keep these outside all year round, but the wind would thrash them I'm sure.
I know that people like to bake marbles for effect. I wonder how those would turn out...