The Story of Why I Really Need to Look at Things Closer

This is the story of how and why
"I need to look closer at things".

A few years ago, yes years, I picked up a clock at a garage sale.
I think it was like 25 cents. I didn't care if it worked or not.
If it did great! If not I could revamp it into "something else".

It had a silver metal base with a cream colored globe on top.
The clock was set inside the globe.
After placing new batteries in it, I discovered it didn't work.
No biggie. I removed the clock component
and planned to do an assemblage with a sweet vintage image
of a little girl as the background inside the inset.

As I looked at the base of what used to be the clock,
it all of a sudden looked weird like it was suppose
to actually be "something'' rather than just
an abstract metal base.
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Lo and behold it was Mickey Mouse! How in the world did I miss seeing him!
Well, now I felt stupid and knew the assemblage I had in my mind was definitely not going to work.

As you can see I had already started painting it for the assemblage! 
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I decided to remove the "globe" part of the clock. After prying it off, I cut off and
sanded the prongs that were holding the "globe" on.
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I had a pillar candle in my candle stash and a pair of gold Mickey Mouse earrings
in my jewelry stash.

I took apart the MM earrings and cut off the loops. I then got out my embossing gun, heated the 2 MM's up and pressed them into opposite sides of the candle. There was quite a gap between the MM's, so I dug out some small gold beads to place
in between filling the gaps.
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Now to restyle the clock base into a candle holder. I dug through my Treasure pile and found a cute round wire candle holder.
It was gold with a sprinkling of glitter. I affixed it to the MM base with, yes, good old JB Weld
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Next I painted MM gold and sprinkled glitter on him to coordinate with the wire holder.
Mickey never looked so good!
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I now had a round globe with a huge hole in it.
I couldn't bear to throw it away...
us crafters never through anything away!
I surely could figure out something to make with it.

First I filled the hole with putty.
If it were bigger I could do something similar
like everyone is doing with bowling balls for the garden.
Then I thought, why not!
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Sorry, no photos of the 'making of'.
I wasn't sure I could pull it off and was concentrating, so photos were the last thing on my mind.

I decided to do a mosaic with sea glass. I've only done one mosaic in my lifetime
and that was many moons ago.

I adhered the sea glass to the 'globe'. Covered it in grout, wiped it off andtried to wait patiently while it dried.

Then life happened once again and it was put on the back burner for a few weeks.
By the time I got around to sealing the grout I was very sure it was thoroughly dried!

After the sealer was dry, I sprayed a few coats of Diamond Spray on it so the sea glass will look shiny like its wet.

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I also found a small ceramic urn in my Treasure pile and thought it would be perfect to hold this little gazing globe.

It fits in perfectly with my beach themed bathroom.
It may make it outside in a vignette come Spring!

So I ended up with 2 projects out of one - fared pretty well

Please tell me I'm not the only one that has not recognized something!
Has this happened to anyone else?

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  6 answers
  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 25, 2017
    Ohmygosh! I love your vision!

  • Crystal Cochrane Crystal Cochrane on Jan 26, 2017
    You're so creative and imaginative. Nice work on both pieces

  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Jan 26, 2017
    You should get the Mickey Mouse base looked at.The sites that buy and sell old items would be best.Think your Mickey might be valuable!

    • That's another thing I need to slow down on. I figured since the clock didn't work and I had already dissembled it for yet another project, I had pretty much blew it on any decent collectible. The candle and stand sold well on Etsy though  My Treasure Pile is a little out of hand, so many ideas so little time...but when I see something for a song at a garage sale that I know I can do something with, I just can't leave it there! Yes, I know I have a problem LOL Thank you for the reminder! BTW I just got new glasses, maybe that will help! LOL

  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Jan 29, 2017
    Oh well at least you did try. HUGS!

  • 861650 861650 on Jan 30, 2017
    I love your creative mind and ideas. How fun! Thanks for sharing.

  • William William on Jan 30, 2017
    One sold on Ebay in the UK for $15.99 British pound, $20.00 US Dollars.

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    • William William on Jan 31, 2017
      Its battery operated and didn't work, so it probably couldn't be repaired and not worth as much as a working one. I also gravitate towards clocks. I make all kinds of clocks using the clockworks. You did OK. Would love to have seen the necklace. I like the look and creativity of steampunk.