Hardware Store Fun-damentals Part 1

Stroll down the local hardware store aisles and discover a variety of finds for art that cost double in the craft stores. There are hundreds of products that are easily adaptable to altered art and altered books, plus other products. I find the more interesting objects in independent stores, especially hardware stores that have been established for many years.

A few suggestions to get you started:

Look in the mirror department to find settings to fasten mirrors to walls. You can find rosettes, squares, stars – ornate and plain.

Pick up a selection of metal objects in all shapes and forms: keys, washers, rivets – to attach heavy materials together, wire – look for different metals or coated in plastic colors, keyholes, brads, latches, frame hangers.

Use clear, plastic finger pulls as backgrounds for a label or as a focal spot for a few words.

Laminate samples are easy to use. Emboss or stamp using a Staz-On or other solvent dye ink pad.

Sandpaper for use as background material.

Metal or duct tape, easily altered using alcohol inks.

Mesh drywall tape, used plain or painted with acrylic paints.

Paint chips for instant color.

Lots of circles – felt or cork pads, self-adhesive paper dots to add texture and variety or the background paper with holes in it for a stencil.

Hitch pins or a variety of unusual safety pins.

Small screen patches, just a few inches square or rectangular, that can be used plain or painted, or can be used as a painting tool by dabbing paint through the screen.

Twine, hemp, string, jute, fishing line.

Mosaic tiling.Cheesecloth (stretch for interesting effect). Don’t pick up tack cloth by mistake.

Not to be overlooked are the huge assortments of adhesives. Also tool boxes and containers for product organization.

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One response to this post.

  1. You bet. I once used … I don’t know what you call it, but its the plastic like things that contain electrical wire inside. Electricians use it. I made holes through the spine of thebook and threated this electrical platic cording through as bindding and tied it somehow. I also used shelf liner, the black kind that is a mesh and is adhesive on one side… I was making an altered book named Ring of Fire, andI wanted a burned up look. Iused this black mesh and distressed it with rustc colored embossing enanel and aheat bun. It partially covered the front cover. This is difficult to explain but you can see it at altered circle book

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