Sunday, September 26, 2010

Transferware, meet Topiary

I've been busy this weekend making use of some of my transfer ware pieces with minor flaws and imperfections which make them unsaleable but still too nice to toss.  I can't stand to throw things out.   I've turned cups, sugar bowls and pitchers into transferware topiaries.

This Masons pitcher had a cracked handle.


This old stein has a chip on the inside rim but you'd never know it now.
 Below is a Wedgwood childs coffee pot which has no lid

 Here's an open sugar bowl in the Tonquin pattern which has a small rim chip.  It's the smallest of the topiaries I made, standing about 8" high.  The Spanish moss completely disguised the flaw.
 I tied a sheer striped blue, brown and white ribbon around the base of the ball on this one and added speckled blue eggs in the moss.

 The double decker topiary below is made from a teacup whose handle was broken off.  To disguise the break I added bows on each side which concealed the damage.  A little bird is perched on top.  I've got a tablescape coming up this month with this pattern...Harvest Time.



 I decided to try something a little different with this one.  I made the topiary a rectangular shape to balance out with the length of the gravy bowl.  What do you think of the shape of this?  I have a few more gravy bowls to work with.

 Here's the lot that I've made thus far.  I am planning to sell them in my shop when I finally get it open!  I had one in my kitchen for a while and it looked so cute next to an old mortar and pestle set and a small transferware rabbit. 


With exception to more blisters from using a hot glue gun than I care to admit, these topiaries were pretty easy to make.  I will take some pics later with the step by step and show you how I made the moss balls, etc. in another post.

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