Christmas Junk Angel From A Repurposed Metal Shelf

Have you ever looked at something on a thrift store shelf and your eye immediately saw something else? Well, that was the case with a fluted metal wall sconce shelf. When I flipped the sconce upside down what I saw was a long dress with a cinched waist and beautiful full skirt. Then I remembered the theme this month for the Int'l Bloggers Club is Christmas and a Christmas Junk Angel from a repurposed metal shelf was born.

Christmas Junk Angel from repurposed metal shelf and dresser hardware

Christmas Junk Angel From A Repurposed Metal Shelf

Christmas Junk Angel from metal sconce shelf

This is my second month with the talented ladies of the Int'l Bloggers Club, a group of friends from around the globe who come together every month to share a themed DIY project. Links to my friend's Christmas projects are included at the bottom of this post. Last month our theme was cotton and I made IKEA Ornament Pillow Covers for the holidays.

Christmas Junk Angel Supplies

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Supplies to make my Christmas Junk Angel

The spoon pictured above was not used. I intended on using it for a halo but it looked ridiculous.



Here's the scoop on how I made the Christmas Junk Angel


Starting with the lovely dress with scrolled hem...
Christmas Junk Angel shelf base unified with gold gilded paste
The underside of the shelf, when flipped over to make a dress, was a dark bronze and to unify the antique gold patina of the rest of the sconce I brushed over it with Fusion gold gilded paste and rubbed it in with a lint-free rag.

Vintage Dresser Pull Angel Wings

In my stash I found the most perfect vintage metal dresser pull to use for the wings. I wired it on with gold 20 gauge wire in such a way that on the front it looks like a necklace, but more about that later.
Christmas Junk Angel with vintage metal dresser pull wings

Vintage Art Deco Bakelite Pull Angel Arms

Don't the fluted edges on the Art Deco bakelite pulls remind you of fingers? The amber plastic inserts are missing so I brushed gold gilding paste in the cavity to unify the patina with the angel. Like the wings, they are attached with gold wire.
Christmas Junk Angel with Art Deco Bakelite dresser pull arms

Gold Metal Napkin Ring Wreath

Okay, we'll loosely call it a wreath. Truthfully, I don't know what the heck she's holding but I liked the napkin ring and wanted it placed somewhere on the angel and this is what worked.

But first I had to lop off the metal ring using a metal blade on my hacksaw and then wired it onto the bakelite arms.
Christmas Junk Angel metal napkin ring wreath

Wood Finial Angel Head

The head was the most challenging part making this angel. If you only knew the silly ideas I came up with for a head and finally settled on a wooden ball finial. But it had a hole in the middle of the face and so I filled it with filler compound and sanded smooth after it dried.

Once that was done the wood needed to look like the same bronze metal as the rest of the angel. First I brushed it with two coats of blackened bronze metallic surfacer. Once that was dry I brushed gold gilding paste over top and rubbed it in with a lint-free rag.
Christmas Junk Angel wood finial head with metallics
Off with her head...or rather oversized neck! The painted finial was shortened by cutting off the base otherwise the head looked way too large.
Christmas Junk Angel wood finial head cut to size
I apologize for not getting a photo of the next step but basically, I used my power drill and a 1-inch Forstner bit to make a hole in the bottom of the wood finial to fit over the ball on the metal sconce.

Gold Wire Angel Hair

But first, the angel needed some hair so I used a 1/16" drill bit and made some holes in her head.
Christmas Junk Angel drilled holes for wire hair
Talk about a crazy hair day! I cut several pieces of wire the same size, curled them around the stem of a screwdriver, dipped the ends in some E6000 glue and stuck them into the predrilled holes.
Christmas Junk Angel gold wire hair
To attach the head onto the metal sconce I filled the predrilled hole with hot glue and shoved it over the ball on the sconce. Easy peasy.

Then I made a simple halo with the wire and stuck it through a hole that was already on the back of the finial.
Christmas Junk Angel with vintage dresser pulls and napkin ring
Then I texted a copy of the photo above to my daughter and she said, "that's so cute Mom but that knot in the middle of her head looks like a cyclops". And she'd be right.

So I gave her a face.

And loosened her curls.
Christmas Junk Angel painted face with wire curly hair
And added a special picture inside her locket. A photo of my Mom who we lost a year ago on the 15th.
Christmas Junk Angel with sentimental locket

And that's how easy it was to turn a metal wall shelf into an adorable Christmas Junk Angel with sentimental value. She's a big girl and now the challenge is finding a spot to place her during the holidays.

Christmas Junk Angel from metal salvaged finds

Christmas Junk Angel From A Repurposed Metal Shelf

Christmas Junk Angel From A Repurposed Metal Shelf

Join me and visit the links below to see my friend's "Christmas" inspired projects...


Before I close this post, just a reminder that the 12 Days of Christmas 2018 event has begun. 50+ bloggers coming together to bring you loads of holiday inspiration and on Wednesday join me and the others for DIY Handmade Gift Ideas.

To see other DIY Christmas projects here on the blog visit my Christmas Page.

I share my projects at these fabulous link parties.




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