~Be My Valentine~

February 14th, 2010 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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Vintage Valentine cards are randomly placed to create a mosaic of sentiment.

The diversity of artistic styles on each card blend to form a dramatic overall theme.

A mix of salvaged materials.

The raw form was cut from 3/8” plywood. Its about 24 high.

I met a dealer that “couldn’t wait to unload” a box full of vintage Valentines...so I loaded them into my truck.


The form was painted Spanish Red prior to applying the Valentines.

An old-fashioned rolling pin holder with its utilitarian lines is repurposed into a hook.

Vivid colors and sentimental artwork.

This copper fascia sample has been banging around my shop for years. The two pieces were soldered together, given a verdigris finish and attached to the back of the heart.

The cardboard letters were painted gloss white, then “antiqued” to resemble vintage enamel signage. Each letter is glued to a framework of rusty steel.
Concept Sketch
Happy Valentines Day!

Vintage Valentine cards are randomly placed to create a mosaic of sentiment.

Vintage Valentine cards are randomly placed to create a mosaic of sentiment.

Photo: Jim Healy JunkArchitect (copyright 2010)

A patchwork of vintage Valentines are combined with rusty steel, copper and wood to form a collage of colors and emotions.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy JunkArchitect (copyright 2010)
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Comments (26)

54girl writes: Love this Valentine display too! Love how you did the letters. Great job as always!! Mary Posted: 3:30 pm on February 22nd
SnowmanHill writes: Another great project, love the old valentines!

dana Posted: 11:05 am on February 18th
JunkArchitect writes: Hi MakinItHappen, the patina was created with a solution I bought at Pottery Barn twenty years ago…the stuff sure did last! You coat the copper and about two hours later the patina starts to form. I’ve never seen it again at PB but somebody must sell a similar product.
Hope this helped and thanks for the nice comments too. And, thanks to everyone for all the positive feedback.

Posted: 2:06 pm on February 17th
TinTinJunkFan writes: Love how if you don't have the exact item you need or want to embellish your creation....you just make it...and it looks as old as the real vintage stuff! You have a wonderful eye for such detail... Posted: 11:53 am on February 17th
MakinItHappen writes: I already made a comment, but I forgot to say, that verdigris finish on the copper is just astounding! HOW do you DO that? Posted: 10:50 am on February 17th
CottageElements writes: Jim, I think you're starting to get your own fan club! And how many valentines have you gotten in return I wonder??? Hmmmm? Another amazing project my friend! You really rocked it!

Lani Posted: 11:40 pm on February 16th
shabbychick writes: Jim - a belated Happy Valentine's Day!! Looks like you've treated us to another sweet project! I love the vintage valentines - what a great purchase...and more fun for future projects too!

Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Posted: 10:32 am on February 16th
georgiamoon writes: Oh yeah, this is another super beautiful and romantic Valentine. Holidays seem to bring out the best in you. Everything about this project is special and fabulous, you can work miracles with....well, EVERYTHING! Love Georgia Posted: 1:30 pm on February 15th
racers7 writes: I can't take it any more...!! Your stuff is so SUPERCOOL! I especially like your concept sketches to plan out your ideas. (as my nephews tell me "SWEEEETTT") Melody Posted: 11:20 am on February 15th
RustyDiva writes: Very cool Jim. Another great project. Posted: 11:10 am on February 15th
suewhitney writes: Ooo,lala, Jim. The girls in your life are very lucky, indeed!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 10:16 am on February 15th
berton718 writes: Jim,
Another great transformation!! You're the best!! Posted: 10:42 pm on February 14th
MakinItHappen writes: Gorgeous, as your creations always are. And how lucky for you to get those fabulous valentines! Posted: 10:35 pm on February 14th
chippingcharm writes: All I can say is...WOW!!! Happy Valentines! Laurel Posted: 10:29 pm on February 14th
WhimsicalCottage writes: When I see your name on a contribution I know it's going to be right up my alley. I love every single thing about the way this turned out.

Posted: 8:08 pm on February 14th
roadtriplouise writes: You always come up with something great! Posted: 5:25 pm on February 14th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: Jim,
You have over did your self on Valentines day.You did a terrific job.I just want to thank you for all the great projects you put on JMS.Not many men have the talent you have and if they do they won't share it. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY.Robert. Posted: 2:30 pm on February 14th
ninnarae writes: OH this is GREAT! So love the combination of materials- the colors, the graphic letters, the rustic copper- SO fabulous!! Posted: 12:30 pm on February 14th
Prior writes: LOVE your drawing and the finished product. Those letters look like rusty metal and what great Valentines! Lezlee Posted: 11:49 am on February 14th
upyourattic writes: Your are amazing ~ I could not believe when you wrote that these were cardboard letters that you painted/distressed...You really should go into business and I'll be in line to be customer #1 !!

Patti Posted: 11:11 am on February 14th
DumpsterDecorators writes: In a word; Fabulous! Posted: 11:09 am on February 14th
byabpryor writes: You make the bestest stuff! Thanks for giving me an idea for ALL of my letters! LOL

- Posted: 10:32 am on February 14th
carolinagram writes: This is eye candy! Thanks for the Valentine's Day treat! Posted: 10:29 am on February 14th
alicemom writes: Oh Jim!
I can take the EXTRA swell Valentine off your hands!
Another wonderful example of your creativity. I am still waiting for you to publish your concept sketches!
Happy Valentine's Day!!!!
smiles, alice
Posted: 10:21 am on February 14th
AtticusFinch writes: Happy Valentines Day!
Great job for a lucky sweetheart. Posted: 9:55 am on February 14th
LuAnn writes: Lovely Valentine. Great Job.

Happy Valentine's Day Jim

LuAnn Posted: 8:51 am on February 14th
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