Overall length: approx 10 1/2 inches
Old and Antique Keys are one of my favorite things in the world. Many years ago, I got a box of old skeleton keys from my mother's house. I wanted to use them for something pretty, so...I hung beads and crystals on them. A variation of the age old "suncatcher". They were immensely popular, and I've made many through the years.
Keys are usually an old OR antique skeleton key, but I find some oddballs I can't readily identify too. Sometimes I get my s/o to buff them out so they look like "new", sometimes I leave them all old & dark. They are wrapped with artwire, and I make a set of 3 or 5 beads, using a hollow bead as the focal. Crystals are Austrian. Accent beads are mostly Czech almond table cuts. The tops are macramed around a soldered jump ring, and the cords are, of course, macrame. They can hang inside or out, but remember, the keys are old metal and will eventually rust or turn dark.