DSC05969 (1024x944)I love looking in gift shops and at the work of other artists.  Recently I was in a shop that I frequent in the West End of Richmond.  I saw a lovely altered skeleton key and wanted to purchase it.  I am all for supporting local art, but the price tag gave me pause.  I couldn’t justify paying $70 for a charm on a simple ball chain.  Especially, since I had some skeleton keys, the book pages, the beads and the other materials to make it. 

One of my buddies from the Flickr Altered Dominos and Other Game Pieces group and I were getting together for a day of thrifting.  She lives a bit south of me and once a year we get together to thrift for the day.  We decided to swap an found object charm and I thought this the perfect time to try my key. 

I first distressed the key a bit using alcohol inks.  It was bright, shiny and new looking so needed some age.  Then I cute a verse from a 1934 bible that I thrifted at the Goodwill Outlet a few weeks ago and used Mod Podge to adhere it to the key.  I then sealed it with Polycrylic.  I added some beads and was thrilled with the end result.  Jo loved it, too!