The word “brass” conjures pictures of expensive, decorative metal pieces, but when you’re speaking of brass rings, you’ll find they cost very little at all. Browse a craft store and you’ll see they have several different sizes of the rings which can be used to make most anything look new and unique.
Purchase a lamp with a lighthouse theme and you’ll pay a fortune! Purchase a cheap lamp, though, and give it a lighthouse theme, and you won’t spend much more than the price of the lamp. A brass ring picture can instantly make the lamp seem to be manufactured with a lighthouse theme. The same goes for other objects and themes. Southwestern art, for example, can be very costly. But, make a southwestern theme with a brass ring and picture and you’ll have an expensive-looking piece that really isn’t.
No matter what kinds of themes you enjoy you’ll find you can easily make it happen when you use the brass ring and picture technique. Select the picture you want to use. Although you can use it as-is it’s a good idea to laminate it first. If you don’t have a laminating machine you can easily stick a piece of clear contact paper over the top of the picture. You’ll find useable pictures by looking through old calendars, magazines, posters, kids’ books and similar sources.
Apply ordinary white glue to the ring then set the ring on the chosen picture. Before laminating it make sure the picture is cut to the size of the ring. After the glue has dried cut away any excess paper or laminate. It’s that simple! The finished picture ring will instantly change the look of a headboard, foot board, lamp, mirror, cornice, interior door, cabinet, mantle and many other things. Make small ones to go on little décor pieces and bigger ones to go on much larger areas. The rings should be attached to other things so that the picture is against the object and the ring serves as a frame around it.
If you want, you can further enhance the brass ring picture by gluing ruffled fabric around the ring. The finished rings don’t necessarily have to be glued to something else. Make several different pictures, with the same theme, and hang them on a wall. Align ones of all the same size vertically on a wall or create different sizes and gather them in a grouping. Make Victorian themes, wildlife, pets, cartoon characters – there are virtually no limits!