Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Color Wrapped Keys

Hashing out antique key design ideas with my friend, Sharon Misuraco, yielded these little treasures!

And perfect light in the work bench area yielded a new pdf tutorial!

When I hold a handful of these embellished keys, I feel excited; happy with the mix of old and new, mystery and intrigue. The technique is challenging enough to keep me making more but simple enough that they can be finished in 30 minutes (not including curing time for the sealant.).
I really hope you enjoy making them as much as I do!


  1. ACK! I love these. Must have. I have a TON of skeleton keys. Many are so large I am never sure what to do with them. Sharon has been holding out on me! We have a tentative playdate scheduled so she can teach me all about patinas and I so want to make one of these!
    Enjoy the day!

  2. These are really cool, Shannon! Great job!

  3. I love these! Just saw the tutorial listed on your Etsy...I have friend coming by to hopefully pick up some of your patinas & tutorial! :-) Hope all is well with you!

  4. Shannon, you really ran with these keys and they all turned out to be even more unique and mysterious with the beautiful copper wrappings! So exciting to see your ideas burst forth! The tutorial makes it easy for anyone to try, and I would imagine almost everyone has some keys in their stash, waiting to be highlighted in all their rustic-ness! I'm so honored to be mentioned ( Is that how "honorable-mention" got started?) and very proud of your achievement! Congratulations!


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