Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Caster Wheel Photo Paperweight

When I purchased the caster wheels for these bookends I made a couple of weeks ago,
I also purchased this larger cast iron caster wheel.
 Since there was only one available I thought it would make a good paperweight.
It would work "as is" but I decided to add some old photos of my Dad to the wheel to personalize it.

I have a huge library of family photos on my computer so I sized five of the photos to fit the wheel and lined them up in a strip (I copied the photos to Word and resized and aligned in that program).
 After cutting the strip, the photos were the perfect size for the wheel.
 If I was to do this again I would probably first change my photos to a sepia tone to better blend with the caster wheel.  Since the photos were in black and white, I did ink the photos and the edges with a little brown ink (I used a chalk ink pad in Chestnut Roam) to give them more of an aged look.

After gluing the photo strip to the caster wheel, I called it finished.
I can now spin the wheel and see several different favorite photos of my Dad.
 This high school football photo is my very favorite.
My Dad is now 82 years old.  His health has been declining the past few months and he has been in the hospital this past week.  I've been thinking about him a lot and really enjoyed looking through all his old photos as I put this project together.

I'm linking today with Kim @ Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday.

Have a wonderful day.

Jane

79 comments:

  1. What a great idea. But then, you always have the best ones. I sure hope that your Dad gets better.

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  2. That is so cool! Very clever! I love how you antiqued it! Hope all is well with your Dad.

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  3. I don't know how you do it. One amazing idea and clever re-use after another. In awe of your creativity. Awesome and thanks for sharing!

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  4. Absolutely awesome - love those photos and that you can turn the wheel and see each one. Fantastic paperweight!

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  5. What a superb idea! I would have never thought of it myself! Also, this project sounded like it was much needed therapy, best wishes to your dad.

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  6. This is genius! A beautiful way to have Dad close by while doing mundane paperwork...thank you.

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  7. What a great idea! I am going to look out for a caster so I can do this. This would be a great gift idea!

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  8. SO darn cute... you amaze me. Sending get well wishes for your Dad and don't tell your company, but I'm glad it was time to go home -- all these great new posts now! :D

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  9. This is a fabulous idea made great with the addition of your dear Dad's photos. Stunning. penny

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  10. a book dear girl, a book..yes I'm nagging :D
    I'll keep good healing thoughts for your Father.
    xx
    z

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  11. The caster wheel paperweight is wonderful, the photographs remind me of an old b/w film strip, what a lovely way to keep your dear Dad close by.
    Hope he starts to feel well again soon.

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  12. Hi Jane,
    I love this idea! Very clever.

    xo,
    Danielle

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  13. What a great idea!!! I love the idea of spinking the castor to see the next photo!! Love, love, love this!! Thanks for sharing.

    Also, I hope you are able to spend time with your father. I lost my mother just over a year ago, at 82, and it still feels like yesterday. I miss her so much! My best to you and your father!

    Cecile

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  14. Sorry, I wasn't trying to make up a new word. The word above should have been "spinning".

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  15. Incredible!!! I'm checking my "junk" drawers for caster wheels.

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  16. How sweet to have that to have to remind you of your darling Dad. Will pray for him. ♥O

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  17. This is priceless. I hope our beds don't go missing any casters. :@

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  18. this is the prettiest most inventive thing I've seen in a long time - well done!

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  19. Wow!For sure! You have now inspired me to get busy and start scanning my family photos into the computer!

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  20. You always amaze me! That is such a treasure.

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  21. You are so inventive! Simply perfect! I lost my dad in 2001 at the age of 59. I think of him often and at times, I catch myself exhibiting some of his traits. We have the same dry sense of humor I'm told. I will be praying for your dad.

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  22. How creative you are! I found your blog by a link on the 7 Gypsies blog, and so glad I took a minute to visit. I love the cool stuff you do with found objects.

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  23. Hi Jane,
    My father-in-law is 93 and he's been in the hospital for over a week. He was moved to a Hospice Home today. I think this is a wonderful way to display photos of him. Thanks so much for sharing it. I'll be praying for your Dad.

    PS. I would love to peek inside your brain...you have the best ideas tucked away inside of it.

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  24. Hi Jane,
    This is very clever! I'll have to check my stash of casters to see if I have one big enough for something like this - probably I don't - I know I have lots of little ones though... Any good ideas for those? :-)
    It sounds like your booth is doing great. If you're adding things daily lots of things must be selling!
    Joanne

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  25. Another touchdown for you!!! I would have never thought to put pictures on the wheel! You always think outside the box!!!

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  26. Another great idea! How do you think of these things? You are amazing!
    Susan

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  27. Such a great idea. Would make a wonderful gift for a family member.

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  28. That is a really cool paperweight and I love how it can be so personalized! Sorry about your Dad and hoping he is feeling better soon. hugs, Linda

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  29. You totally amaze me with your creativity. I would have never thought about doing something like that. I am keeping that in mind if I ever find a wheel.
    Karen G

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  30. Daughters are always Daddy's girls, no matter how old they or we get, Jane! This was a great idea and I was wondering how you were going to put the pictures on. As usual ~ very creative and such a great way to enjoy these pictures of your Dad.

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  31. You've done it again, Jane! Such a unique and fun photo display ... kudos and thanks for sharing!

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  32. Aren't you creative! Sorry to hear about your Dad being under the weather. Hope he bounces back soon.

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  33. This is so creative and a wonderful way to display the photos of your dad! Sending prayers your way!

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  34. Oh I love this! I have old photos of my dad and family members and this is such a creative way to use them. Genius, really. Hope your dad is feeling better soon. I know how difficult it is.

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  35. Oh my...this is VERY cool! What a special tribute to your dad. Laurel

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  36. AWESOME idea!! WOW!

    I'm sorry to hear about your dad. It seems you've had so much to deal with in the last year or so. I hope he gets a chance to see this project, because I'm sure it would mean so much to him.

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  37. Clever..I love it and so original..How do you keep coming up with these ideas..If only my mind worked as yours..LOL..Have a great week..

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  38. As always your ideas just blow me away. What a super gift this would be. I'm sorry to hear about your father. My dad is also 82 and was in the hospital last week. He is my mother's primary care giver and she is suffering from early Alzheimer's so I know how it is to always have them in your thoughts. Thank goodness for photos and memories.
    Lisa

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  39. Another brilliant project! I wish all the best for your father. This is such a great way to capture special photos of him. :)

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  40. What a sweet (and clever) idea! I'm sure your dad appreciates the effort you put into this great piece. My dad is also in his early-80s, and it is hard to see him age. I hope your dad is doing better, chin up.

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  41. Jane, cute idea using coasters as bookends, but you carry it even further by adding pictures to the wheels. Only you would think of that.

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  42. Hi Jane, each of your projects are so incredible, wow. Love the book ends and the photo wheel.

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  43. You are simply amazing...I was talking to another blogger on the phone about you tonight and we wondered how your mind works to think up these amazing projects!

    Carol

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  44. That is brilliant! What a beautiful and unexpected way to keep him close.

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  45. that is just too adorable...naturally (since i keep telling you, we live identicle junk lives)i have a box full of casters..gonna have to copy this idea ! you did it again !

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  46. OH, Jane...this is such a wonderful project! I love how personal and special it is...I will say a little prayer for your father XO

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  47. Brilliant! The way your mind works is amazing! Terrific idea.

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  48. I love the way your mind works. Another great & clever idea.

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  49. Fantastic project! All the best wishes for Dad! I only have my Mom now, who is 86!

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  50. Jane, I absolutely LOVE this wheel with photos!!! I's sorry to hear your dad's health is declining. It is so difficult to watch our parents age. I'm sure he has enjoyed seeing all your creations.

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  51. OMG ~ unbelievable.... well actually for You, it is Totally Believable! I am Happy to be at My Daughter's today catching up on everything, I sure miss having a working computer, but am getting Lots of Cleaning & Creating done... at least that is A Goode Thing! Wishing You & Yours a Happy Thanksgiving! xox
    Cheryl

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  52. Incredible! I love the photos on the caster!!! Peggy sent me here....

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  53. Oh my gosh, again....genius. I really think you have enough fabulous stuff for a book!!!!

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  54. I love this! What was the width of the wheel you used?

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  55. This is awesome. I love the simplicity and sentimentality of this project. And I'm going to steal it and use it in my home. :D
    PS: prayers for your dad.

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  56. This is awesome. I love the simplicity and sentimentality of this project. And I'm going to steal it and use it in my home. :D
    PS: prayers for your dad.

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  57. So very lovely - found this posted on Pinterest and had to track it down. Love it!

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  58. This is very very clever! love it!

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  59. This is a brilliant idea and such a special item. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  60. Saw this on Pinterest and KNEW it was you Jane! I've never known anybody who can make junk look soooooo wonderful. Love this idea. You are such a clever chickie!

    xoxo
    Spencer

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  62. You are a creative genius!!! That is absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  63. Oh my! I love this idea! You have another new follower...please come visit me!

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  64. Just found this great post (and blog) through Pinterest, and am happy to be a new follower! What a fabulous idea for using casters and the photo addition is beyond clever! I'm currently working on scanning lots of old family photos to make heritage scrapbooks for my kids, but I really like ideas for other ways to use/display them.

    Ann
    4oldtimesandnew.etsy.com

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  66. This is a great idea! I want to do this for my parent's for Christmas! Where do you print pictures out like that though? And where did you find the vintage casters?

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  68. This is absolutely brilliant!! Love looking through your blog!
    Have a fab week!
    Becky

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  69. Wow! Loved it. I am thinking doing the same for my father!!

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  71. this has to be the coolest paperweight ever!!

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