DIY: Copper & Wool Tassel Key Fob

Just a quick and cheeky little diy for you this morning. I’ve been playing alot recently with more crafting related projects having just recovered my crafting/jewelry toolkit from storage. This rather tactile keyfob combines the textures and tones of copper and boiled wool. Still needs a bit of refinement I think….but I thought you’d enjoy it anyway as the contrast of materials really works I think!copper and wool tassel keyring

This is standard 15mm copper plumbing pipe. Just some offcuts that someone on our local feecycle style facebook group kindly gave me to have a play with. I’m getting slightly obsessed with metal tubing and piping; and repurposing hardware supplies into something  prettier. (You may recall my necklace and pendant from last week!) Pinterest as usual is full of inspirationcopper and wool tassel keyring

The tassel part utilises some boiled wool swatches that I got from Dragonfly Fabrics a couple of years back when I was deciding on fabric for my Freemantle coat. Yes they were only swatches (measuring about 6″ x 4″) but they really were too delicious to discard. So they’ve sat in my stash for aaaaages.

copper and wool tassel keyring

Not in the least bit complicated as you can probably work out! Cut the wool piece into narrow strips, creating a fringe and leaving the top 1/2″ uncut. The beauty of boiled wool of course is that it doesn’t fray. So it’s perfect for creating no fuss  fringing. You can see in the picture above, on the left of the fabric piece, there are some staple marks where the swatches were stapled to card. I removed a 1cm wide strip from the left edge to remove that. But set it aside…

copper and wool tassel keyring

copper and wool tassel keyring

…and used a section of it to make a loop that is stitched to the top corner…

copper and wool tassel keyring

Roll it all up tightly and stitch to secure. Stitch through the whole neck of the tassel. Boiled wool is like sewing through butter so it’s super easy to pass a needle even through several layers like this…

copper and wool tassel keyring

At this point , the neck of my tassel was to wide to sit in my 15mm copper pipe. I simply wrapped it with thread to compress it. Again, this is a cinch with boiled wool as it’s so deliciously squidgy!

copper and wool tassel keyring

Once the neck of the tassel was narrow enough I slid on the piece of copper tube and slid it down until it was a snug fit. Then popped a few drops of superglue into the top of the pipe for a little extra security.

copper and wool tassel keyring

Slide a split ring through the tab; add a lobster clasp

copper and wool tassel keyring

Done! The resulting keyring is quite lightweight. Not sure it’s up to the rigorous use that my car keys get; being shoved in and out of bags and pockets on a daily basis. (Elliott nicked the really sturdy red leather one I made. Pfff!!!) But it does make the perfect decorative fob for the key that sits in our living room french doors AND this heather shade matches perfectly with our colour palette. It’s a lovely little added touch of luxury and detail to keys that sit permanently in doors, cabinets, drawers and the like.

Don’t forget the giveaway courtesy of Dragonfly fabrics closes on Sunday.

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2 Comments

  1. Zoe - floral and feather November 25, 2015

    Love it! It would make a great stocking filler too.

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  2. Megan | Olive & Idlewood December 2, 2015

    This is just lovely! What a great way to reuse materials, and these’d make wonderful stocking stuffers. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

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