Posted by: michelenel | 17 June, 2013

More weight?

A while ago I posted about the little fabric covered lead weights I made with some of the roofing lead taken off the house.  They proved so useful that I wanted some more but made in a slightly different way.  I have a large box of aluminium tins which I use for potions and lotions and asked hubby if lead would melt the tins – he said no, so my next question was “can you please melt some more of that lead and pour it into these tins for me please?”  He obliged and a short time later he was outside collecting a large piece of lead pipe that had been removed from the houses old plumbing system.

One makeshift ‘pot’ made from a bean tin and the stove melted it down in no time.  He poured each tin about 3/4 full and cooled them down before replacing the lids.

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Here they are in action for the first time – helping me make a tailored men’s shirt.

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They are a perfect weight and size but a little boring!  I have asked our son to jazz them up with some different colour spray paints he has leftover from making his Judge Dredd helmet and then I will be adding a little door knob to the top of each of them and sealing the lids back on – after all, I don’t want any of our nimble fingered grandchildren opening them up.  I will definitely take on his idea of adding a felt circle to the bottom of each tin to make them sit nicely on the fabric.

Another fun upcycling project thanks to Hesketh House and the restoration!

 

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  1. Yes again you’ve proved to be too resourceful and practical for words.

  2. […] I used weights instead of pins this time – the use of pins or weights is variable as I tend to just go with what I feel like in the moment. To see how my weights were made go here or here. […]


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