Ahoy, mateys!

Arrrr....I have a spyglass for you to take a gander at! Something you can use on vacation as you sail the 7 seas!

Whilst changing my paper towel roll, I got a flash - make a spyglass! So I took an empty paper towel tube and wrapping paper tube and came up with my spyglass! It's covered in crinkled kraft paper and then distressed with hues of copper, brass, and gold. I added some black twine for stitching and gems covered in fiery Finnabair wax to give a metal-like appearance. 

It's got an ornate design on one end using pieces from Relics and Artifacts.

 I love using kraft paper or paper bags for that crinkled, old leather look!

And the ends have lenses!

It even telescopes in and out!

I enjoyed the process of figuring out how to make it slide and the overall design and distressing using different media! Time to sit back back on the Adirondack chair and look out over the horizon to see what I can spy!


  1. WOW Cathy!!!! I couldn't believe it that this fabulous spyglass started life as a simple tube!!! You've transformed it beautifully and I love how you've gone to the trouble of adding lenses and making it telescopic. Amazing! Thank you for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog :)

  2. What an amazing transformation, Cathy! Your imagination and ability to bring your thoughts into an actual, realistic looking project really wow me! Thank you for sharing this with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog! Hugs!

  3. What a clever repurpose of your paper towel tube Cathy! the skeleton hand is the perfect 'holder' for your spyglass - and your decorations on it are wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey!

  4. Oh my gosh Cathy, that is fabulous! I will never look at a paper towel roll in the same way again :) Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our Precious Metal challenge, Deb xo

  5. Beautiful work! Thanks a lot for joining us at SnipArt! ;-)

  6. How cool is this, thank you for participating in the SnipArt challenge.

  7. Well this is so cool and quite a feat of engineering I must say. Well done you : )
    Thanks so much for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. Crafty hugs from Ginny at Polly's Paper Studio.


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