What waits for you behind the unopened door – perhaps it’s fate?
The first locks and keys were probably invented by the Egyptians around 4,000 years ago, but since they were made of wood, they haven’t survived. Once keys and locks started being manufactured of metal, especially bronze, which doesn’t rust, they became collectibles. Skeleton keys consist of a bow (the part you turn), a handle and a combination (the part inserted in the lock.) Many of these antique and vintage keys have highly decorative designs on the bow. A set of Victorian keys in different sizes, for instance, might be beautiful when arranged and framed against a background of velvet. You can wear an ornate key as a necklace. You could even weld or glue several together to make an impressive brooch. If your home is older, leave them sticking out of door locks, or from the locks of cabinets, sideboards or pianos. String several together to create a unique wind chime. Tie a key onto a vintage bottle to create a unique flower arrangement. Try your luck at hunting down some vintage keys at garage sales, auctions or maybe your Grandmother has some in her basement just waiting for you to explore with some creative ideas. Who knows they may even unlock the door to your future...
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. Alexander Graham Bell
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