Feeling A Little Starry-Eyed

November 15th, 2009 in member junk     
junkermidge junkermidge, member
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Now I just have to figure out some things they can be used for.  Setting one by the fireplace seemed like a good place to start.
This is how the shield was when I got it.  Much bigger and heavier than I thought it would be.  
The shield is now 2 stars -- much better!
Now I just have to figure out some things they can be used for.  Setting one by the fireplace seemed like a good place to start.

Now I just have to figure out some things they can be used for.  Setting one by the fireplace seemed like a good place to start.

Like many of you, I already have Christmas on the brain.  So when I was perusing my local online auction, all things red were jumping out at me.  One particular listing caught my eye, it was not only red, but looked like stars -- many stars!  The problem was that they came attached to farm equipment.  

But it's really not a problem when you have a metal cutting tool.  It took a little time, but I cut off one bolt and I instantly had two stars.  They are much bigger than I was expecting (I thought they would be more gear like) but I think they have potential!  It came with 6 total "shields" for a total of 12 stars. 

This isn't my kind of project since I didn't "make" anything.  But since I hadn't made anything in awhile, it felt good to accomplish something -- plus a lot of sparks flew, so I say it counts!  Now that I have a little breathing room at my shop, I'm excited to get busy.  I defintely have Christmas AND JUNK on my brain.    

posted in: member junk, seasonal, metal, industrial, whimsical, farm, red

Comments (8)

shabbychick writes: Midge - your "stars" are very cool! Love the patina, and I'm sure you'll find wonderful uses for them! And, I think I need a metal cutting tool too (adding to my Christmas list now!).

I recently got a cool piece of farm "junk" too...it's a hay loader or something...will have to post a pic!

Thanks for sharing!

kathy Posted: 11:19 am on November 18th
JunkinLindsey writes: The holes in the stars drive me to want to bolt them onto something. Old barn wood is a good start, and you could use a longer bolt and put a few extra nuts behind the stars so they stand off the wood a bit... Not sure if that makes sense, but lots of possibilities there! I decided if I don't know what to do with something cool, i just put it on the mantel so I can enjoy it for what it is, until I get the time or inspiration to repurpose it! Posted: 10:33 am on November 17th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: This could also pass off as a junker's poinsettia! Heehee ;) I love that you posted this, Midge. It shows we can find junk decor in many places.
Glad you shared!
Candy Posted: 2:57 pm on November 16th
RustyDiva writes: Well, I have a thing for rust and red and stars so you scored big in my book! Great find.

K Posted: 11:39 am on November 16th
fellowjunker writes: Hi Midge,
You have a great eye!!! I love the simplicity of this project and the patina on your wonderful stars!
Happy day.
xojanis Posted: 11:16 pm on November 15th
CottageElements writes: Midge, great to see you posting again. It's been too long! I have a thing for farm equipment, too! (Notice my most recent post--LOL). Love them as stars! Let us know of you do something else with them. Take care!

Lani Posted: 1:27 pm on November 15th
JunkArchitect writes:
I love old farm implements and would have bought these in a second. You’re right; they make a great holiday junk project.

Posted: 11:53 am on November 15th
oldnews writes: I definitely have a thing for farm equiptment finds! These are cool! I have some that I got from my son's inlaws farm, and LOVE them, but man are they heavy!! The red is beautiful! Marie Posted: 11:53 am on November 15th
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