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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hammered Aluminum Collection

About an hour ago I read a post over at EclecticallyVintage about Kelly's glass collection, or addiction depending on how you view your junk habit.  She called it "collectingitis".  At the end she asked what we collect. 


Well I have more than enough junk put away, correction.... collections, because I view my junk as part collection and part addiction.  No matter how you combine those two words it comes out as a 'tion' at the end.

Kelly's question got me thinking, what do I have I might want to reincorporate in my decorating, since a lot of my 'tions' have been banished to darkness for many years when they just seemed like clutter.   Which of course was well before blogging affirmed that my junk is in fact treasures.  Right?


I went to the depths of helll, AKA the storage under the stairs, and I pulled out this box of vintage hammered aluminum.


I spread it out and counted..... 27 pieces of silvery metal ware. 


With awesome detailed handles.


My favorite handles are like the one below.


I recall having this little letter holder on my desk for a while, then on the table holding napkins. 


So now what should I do with all this stuff?  How would you display it?  I actually think there might be another small box of it under the stairs.  I do have a very naked mantel.  Hmmmm?

If that pile of junk is still on the table when Brawn comes home, I'm blaming Kelly.



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42 comments :

  1. Would you believe I have a few of these pieces too! Of course you would, we both need an intervention!

    Hang those babies on a wall - instant plate rack - with an edge!

    Kelly

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  2. Very nice collection. I never find pieces that detailed when I find metal ware like your finds. Very pretty.

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  3. So pretty. I love your collection and think it would look great on your mantel. I am thinking an under-the-stairs storage would be awesome! I have completely run out of storage space all together!!! That doesn't mean I have to stop collecting though, right??
    Karen

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  4. i agree with kelly- hang hem on the wall!! or if you have a china cabinet they would look very cool in that, too! oooh or build some rustic floating shelves and put them on there- love the shiny against the rustic wood!

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  5. Beautiful pieces, Bliss! You've got quite a collection - and all of it's gorgeous!

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  6. Well, they deserve better than a dark pace under the stairs...get those beauties out. Better hurry up, too. Although, yo man might have an interesting idea on what he could build to house them. Right?

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  7. I like hammered alumninum, but don't really collect it. I have a lot of collections though.

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  8. PLEASE let me know!! I have a collection of it that belonged to BOTH of my grandmothers! I'd love to display it but not sure how. I have one tray that has a map of the world. it's fantastic!

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  9. Lovely collection! I also collect hammered aluminum and love the detailed handles on the pieces. Love the idea of hanging them on the wall.

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  10. I agree with Tina - they deserve to see the light of day! What a beautiful collection. You mentioned mantel....hmmm....definite possibilities there!

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  11. Fill up your dining room walls with them. They are beautiful.

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  12. Display them! Show them off!
    Get it done before Brawn comes home...I don't want Kelly to get in trouble. :) Pat

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  13. The first step is admitting you have a problem....
    Woah girl..get that mantel dressed, will ya? I was hoping 'hammered' meant something else in the title..oh well....

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  14. What a great collection, it would look great up on a wall or bookcase somewhere! I see this all the time at one of my junky little thrift stores. Darn it, now you've got me wanting some. Need an intervention here too :)

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  15. Girl, that is quite a collection! I love it! I have a rectangle,3 tiered dessert dish for you of that same hammered aluminum...come and get it! I'll show you all of my copper when you do!!! Put some flowers and hearts in it all and make a cool Valentines display!

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  16. I love your collection! I only have one piece of hammered aluminum, a covered casserole dish with a glass insert. I also have one of those depths of hell like you do! LOL! Blessings, Tammy

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  17. Oh Bliss can I come shop your house, I just LOVE your silver collection!! A mantel display would look wonderful, maybe with a few greens thrown in the mix! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  18. OMG you have silveritis! Those are gorgeous too! I have never seen not a one of them before.

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  19. I'm coming right over to pick up that letter holder. There is a perfect desk waiting for it's arrival!
    I'll continue to ponder on what to do with your 26 item collection....

    -Joanne

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  20. WOW Bliss...what a gorgeous collection of "junk" you have there!! I love it and would have it displayed throughout my home. Hope all is well with you and you are staying warm. Enjoy your evening, Gail

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  21. That is an awesome collection Bliss. I had a good one going, not as impressive as yours, and I sold a lot of it when we were moving. BIG mistake. I kept about 4 pieces... looking at your collection I see so many familiar pieces.
    I want mine back... sniffle.
    Luv your collection of 'junk'.
    Cheers, Gee

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    1. Thanks Gee. Say, how come you came up as a no reply blogger?

      Bliss

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  22. Those are great! I'd get them out and show them off! Maybe you need Brawn to build you some shelves or a cabinet to display them all.

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  23. That's a beautiful 'lection'...that's what Grace would call it. That definitely needs to be displayed and not returned to to the depths of the basement.

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  24. what a great find, love all the details I think your mantel is calling for these. Have you ever seen the wreaths with trays. I know your talent will become a real show off

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  25. I have a "stash" of that pretty stuff myself...I used a bunch of trays for the Christmas centerpieces at church in November :)

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  26. Oh so pretty!!! I hope you stash it all together as a collection. After being together for so long they deserve to be together still!

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  27. Sure beats the Christmas tree and bags of insulation stashed under our stairs! Yes, I think a mantel display is in order. It reminds me of the dropping mercury in our outdoor thermometer.

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  28. Beautiful collection. You have a great eye!!

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  29. I'm so glad you let them out of the closet! They're beautiful. I think you need a new cabinet to follow you home!!

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  30. Great collection! I like the letter holder and the handles:) These pieces can go just about anywhere ~ cabinets, walls, etc.. The handles are so pretty!

    You have a great eye for detail!

    leslie

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  31. Those were in a box? In the attic?? Oh Bliss, for shame!

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  32. You need to have Brawn build you a vintage window display hutch (like mine did) and put it all in there. It is too beautiful to have in a box. C'mon Bliss, don't put baby in a corner!

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  33. I love this stuff! Yep, wall, mantle, top if buffet, spread the love around your home! Collections should be viewed in light, not hid as blight!

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  34. You've been holding out on us, Bliss! This is AMAZING! Okay, prop some of the plates and platters up on your mantel and layer in a few other pieces with some greenery and a couple of candles. Viola!! Winter mantel!
    xo Heidi

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  35. Let's just hope Braun doesn't try to melt it all down ...

    :) Linda

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  36. Wow, gorgeous collection from... the depths. I think you're holding out on us... what else is down there waiting for it's blog reveal? :)

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  37. Sure, show us all up with your gorgeous collection. Or is it just me who is lacking?
    Liz

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  38. Hey Bliss; Your Favorites would look Beautiful on your Mantel.....However, why dont you remake a Cabinet, or such and use it to house your STUNNING Collection of Aluminum and that way it could be out for show all of the time!!!
    I have some pieces of Hammered Aluminum and it is one of my Favorites. I sold some once, and how I wish that I had it to this day!!!! I am now buying pieces that I Love when I see them, but I can not replace the ones which I sold, as of yet!!! My Mama is a huge Lover of Hammered Aluminum, and she finds the most Beautiful pieces that I droll over. LOL!!!
    Thank-You so much for sharing :-)

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  39. I cannot think of a thing that I collect ... hmmm, I will have to ponder that. I love your collection although I would be THE Last one that would have any ideas about what to do with them. I look forward to seeing what you do :)
    Hugs,
    Joy

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  40. Hmm… I read blogs on a similar topic, but i never visited your blog. I added it to favorites and i’ll be your constant reader. Aluminum Free Deodorant

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