Thursday, October 20, 2011

Antique and Contemporary Keys

Why do crafters like to work with these items? It's a question I ask myself every time I add something new to Beyond Junk. I've been adding keys lately - antique, salvaged, and new - to the shop because so many crafters enjoy them. In keeping with my philosophy of reusing and recycling, most of the keys I've sourced are antique or salvaged.

But the overall aesthetic is curious to me as well. Keys represent keeping secrets and finding treasures. A symbol of unlocking and revealing, keys have a mystery and romance all their own.

If you love working with keys, tell me, what draws you in? What is it about a key that captures your imagination?