Friday, July 23, 2010

Repurposed Muffler Clamp

I shopped at one of my local thrift stores this week and came across this heavy duty muffler clamp for $1.00.
I don't have a clue how this clamps a muffler but I had another idea on how I could use the clamp.
See the nuts at the bottom of the clamp. 
I unscrewed these until they were level with the bottom of the screw so the clamp would stand upright
Next I slid a postcard in between the clamp ring and the base.
And I had an instant photo/postcard holder for a reproduction vintage postcard that I purchased during our trip to Paris.
 This project took less than a minute to create and I love the results.  I think I might have to hit the automotive store on my next shopping trip.

Of course I'm going to use this opportunity to show you some of the pictures I took of the Eiffel Tower on my vacation.  I think I came home with a few dozen pictures of the Eiffel Tower from every conceivable angle.  I'm only going to bore you with a few.





Have a wonderful weekend.

Jane

55 comments:

  1. Now, how cool is that!? Such a great industrial look and so simple! Way to think outside the box! I just love your ideas! The Eiffel Tower photos, especially at sunset, are stunning! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Glad you are back with your wonderful ideas!
    And bring on the Paris pictures, can't get enough.

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  3. Jane,
    You are so clever and creative. I love some of the things that you collect. Now I am going to have to start looking for muffler clamps! LOL!

    Your eiffel towers photos are amazing. I love them and how wonderful it must be to be there and take them for yourself.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  4. This is too cute!
    Have a great weekend.
    Monica

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  5. You are super clever - clearly thinking outside of the box! I hope you have a great weekend.

    Chelsea

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  6. Jane, you are scary smart! Have a blessed weekend. olive♥

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  7. Simply clever! Love your photos too.

    Jan

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  8. How do you do it? I can never see that much potential in things. You are so creative. It really looks great.

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  9. What a creative and clever idea, Jane. You really can find uses for the most ordinary {or not so ordinary} things!! Great idea!

    Love your pictures...they could be postcards. The one at sunset is fabulous!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  10. You are a genius Jane!!
    I love the industrial look of it.
    Heading to the automotive section later, LOL!
    Amy

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  11. That was a great idea. Now we will all be running to the auto parts store instead of the thrift shop.
    Thank you for showing us.

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  12. At any and every angle, the tower is breathtaking!
    Beautiful photos!

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  13. Amazing shots of the Eiffel Tower! I've wondered how hard it is to get a good shot, because there must always be people around.
    I can't believe how cool that clamp looks! I think there's going to be a run on them now that you've shown this!
    Have a great weekend!
    Carol

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  14. What a real neat idea, and I've got to tell you, I would have never thought about using it as you cleverly did!

    I absolutely LOVE your Eiffel Tower pictues and especially the picture that looks like it is lit up.. When my ex was in the Army, he was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, and our daughter and I joined him back in 1969. We took a trip with a couple friends to Paris, and that was like a dream come true for me! They were working on the Tower back then when we stopped by it, so we only were able to get to the second level, but, it still was so awesome looking!! I'd love to go back there and visit again someday!

    Have a great weekend!

    Blessings,
    ~Lynn

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  15. This is the neatest idea...I hope you don't mind if I borrow it. Your pictures of the Eiffel Tower are awesome, what an amazing structure...hugs, Linda

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  16. Jane - you are brilliant! I love the vintage look of that clamp. Your pictures are gorgeous. My daughter loves Paris and wants to visit badly. She loved your pictures too!

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  17. Hi Jane,
    Love how you repurposed the clamp and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your Eiffel Tower pictures. I had tons
    after our trip there on a camera card that I LOST before I got them on to the computer---so sad!!
    xojanis

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  18. I love this! I would never have had that vision - have a great weekend!

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  19. Do you ever sleep?? I would love to know how and when you come up with all your ideas! :) Very cleaver and oh so cute!

    We would never tire of your pictures. Those are awesome.

    Donna

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  20. Jane,
    You are just sooo clever! I love your photos of the
    Eiffel Tower, too. Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo
    Donna

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  21. You come up with the greatest things. Who would have ever thought to use a muffler clamp like that?

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  22. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!! That is a great idea for the clamp, now you've given me one more thing to look for! Your pictures are beautiful, especially the ones at sunset. I so want to go there someday...Theresa

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  23. You NEVER cease to amaze me! This is awesome! What a great idea and great photos!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  24. Hi Jane, You are such a smarty pants with all your clever ideas!! Now I would never have looked at that clamp and came up with that!! Your Eiffel tower photos are KILLING me!! I wanna go to Paris SO BAD!! I'll live my dream through you if you don't mind!! Greetings, Julie

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  25. Hi Jane, You made me chuckle! How many women would come home with a muffler clamp from a thrift store tour. That's just too cool! Didn't you get some confused looks at the cash register?
    The Eiffel Tower - I just love this sight and so I enjoy your pictures very much. Thank you for sharing!
    Have a great weekend!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  26. Hi Jane, your pics are beautiful. If it was me I would have taken a few hundred. Thanks for stopping by and visiting me. The watch face in the tin is a magnet. It would be awesome if it was working. Great idea! I am going to have to try and figure out a way to make one. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Rebecca

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  27. Great use of the clamp! And, I enjoyed the photos. Seeing the Eiffel tower in person seems like an unlikely event for me (not in a sad poor me way...just not where I am now) so it's fun to live it vicariously through your pictures.

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  28. Amazing how you turned a muffler cap into a photo holder... definitely thinking outside the box!!!!

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  29. Very clever and your photos are VERY Good! I love that 2nd one looking up at it. I think you have talent in MANY areas!

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  30. Your photos could be postcards, they're so beautiful! Who else but you would look at a muffler clamp and see a picture holder? It's perfect for your Eiffel Tower postcard. Now if I can keep this idea in my head longer than an hour, I may just have to look for one for my motorhead brother-in-law. 'Course he's probably got them just sitting around his shop.

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  31. Creative genius at work!
    XoXo
    Michelle

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  32. Muffler clamps...you are genius! Love all the angles of the Eiffel Tower. Postcard worthy!
    xxx
    Carole

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  33. I want to go there....

    Can you use the muffler clip as a handle for something? I'm thinking about drilling holes and then putting bolts on from underneath?? I'll have to give it some more thougtht - not that I need a handle on anything...haha

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  34. I would never in a million years look at that muffler clamp and think "mmm, photo display". Guess that's why you're the Queen of Clever. And the Eiffel Tower pics are spectacular! Hope you're having a fantastic weekend.

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  35. Jane, you are a clever lady. Great idea! Love the photos of the Eiffel Tour. Have a great weekend. ~ Sarah

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  36. Hi Jane, great idea for the muffler clamp and even better with that beautiful photo you took of the Eiffel Tower! Perhaps I could put one of my Chicago photos in old "curb feelers" my father in law gave to me!! He thought I wanted them because they were "vintage"! :) Be back soon! Donna...the 3rd sister.

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  37. Hi sweetie,
    your Eiffel Tower photos are stunning! Just like you see in books. I have loved every picture you have shown of your once in a lifetime trip! The ones of the market are just like being there. I think the one I loved the most was the one of your son and husband. That is just so cute!!! I am so happy for you guys to have been able to get away for awhile...and to such a wonderful place.
    Another great idea from the 'mind of Jane'. Who else but you could have seen this clamps potential???

    Thank you so much for your sweet words about the studio. I am thankful that you would take the time to brighten my day Jane. What a dear friend you are!
    hugs

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  38. Oh my gosh!!!! I am loving the industrial style postcard holder idea!!!! Fabulous! And then you followed it with even more fabulous pictures of the Eiffel Tower?!?!?! Posts don't get much better than this!!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Have a great weekend!

    "Her" and Romeo

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  39. Jane,
    I've never been to Paris,
    your photos take me there, beautiful!
    Dee Dee
    oh love the simple project!

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  40. you inspire the ba-jeebaaz out of me!!!!

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  41. Now that is creativity!! I don't think I would have looked twice at that muffler clamp!

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  42. You could not bore this blogger with photos of the Eiffel Tower no matter how many!Very well taken and I love your clamper photo too!

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  43. Definitely outside of the box Jane! I would never have thought of using a muffler clamp like that. I actually have one of those out in my little garden shed so I guess I will just have to copy you! Your vacation sounds fabulous! I love the Eiffel Tower pictures, especially the third one down. Gorgeous!

    ~ Tracy

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  44. well that is a great idea...my husband once replaced a muffler...touched it while it was hot, pitched a fit, threw it several feet and oh MY!
    any way I like your use better.

    Feel free to stop by asouthernbellewithnorthernroots.blogspot and see info on an upcoming link party called Storytellers, starting Sept. 1.

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  45. A Muffler clamp? I do believe I've seen it all! You, my dear, are the QUEEN! Do you daydream a lot of do these things just spring up in your mind? Curious...

    The Eiffel Tower pictures are beautiful, especially the sunset pictures.

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  46. Those photos are beautiful! You take incredible pictures! And a muffler clamp? You are so crafty!

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  47. That is such an awesome idea!!! And those pictures are beautiful! WOW!!!

    :) Michelle

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  48. Not boring at all, these are just wonderful!

    Have a wonderful Tuesday!
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  49. Oh goodness me, Jane. You never cease to amaze me. Only you could think of such a stunning use for a muffler clamp. What a waste to put one on a muffler, when it is so perfect for a postcard or picture.
    You could never bore me with pictures of the Eiffel tower. Yours are breathtaking. It must have been even more so in person.
    Thanks for sharing both the repurpose idea and pictures.

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  50. Thank you for stopping by today....your words made me smile...now about that clamp.....what a wonderful idea! Very nice.

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  51. Hi Jane,

    Totally awesome with the muffler clamp. Who would have thought to use it for a postcard or photo? Your pictures are beautiful. I especially love the one with the sunset. Glad you had a nice time.

    Debbie

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  52. Verynice. Great photos. My son's were not that great, but I was not with him............

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  53. I love this idea! Who knew the automotive store could be so fashionable? Congratulations on your first blogversary:-)I hope all is well! Things are good here, just enjoying summer break with the kids! Take care, Lisa

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  54. Dang that's clever. You definitely have a creative eye for seeing possibilities...love it!

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