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Salvaged Junk Art Angel

This little angel will be staying at my house. The salvaged junk art angel is made out of reclaimed hardware, junk jewelry, and a door knob backplate from my grandparents house.

Salvaged Junk Art Angel Petticoat Junktion

When my cousin (Jane) started the whole house makeover of my grandparents home she kept a lot of the original features of the house but some she had to replace.

She was kind enough to give family members salvaged pieces from the home. I got a few of the original interior doors and a few door knob backplates.

Salvaged Hardware Angel by Petticoat Junktion

I’ve had the pieces for over a year and decided it was time to put together an angel of reclaim using one of the metal backplates. I make what I call “Angels of Reclaim” every so often and I haven’t made one in a while.

vintage door knob plates from my grandparent's home

These are the 7 backplates I have from the house. Jane started removing the paint from some of the pieces before finding out she couldn’t use them in the remodel.

the perfect drawer pull for angel wings

I liked the patina on a couple of them and selected one to use as the body of one of my reclaimed angels. I went through my furniture hardware stash to find the perfect “wings”.

finding the perfect angel wings

I tried several pieces before finding the right one. I didn’t care for the porcelain on this drawer pull.

angel wings

The drawer pull above was a little too straight for angel wings.

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finding the perfect drawer pull for angel wings

I decided this one was just right. The way the pull was made I could slide the backplate between the open area in the pull.

reclaimed wood door panel

Next order of business was to find a piece of reclaimed wood to hold the angel. I found an old door panel in my wood stash that was just the right size.

distress paint with a Ryobi power sander

I distressed the painted door panel very lightly with a power sander. The top layer of paint is a tannish color and the bottom layer of paint was white.

wax paint with clear wax to protect the paint

Next I cleaned it with Simple Green and applied a coat of neutral wax (Howard’s). The wax seals the paint and gives it a bit of patina.

drilling holes for screws

I drilled two holes all the way through the wood panel so I could use screws to attach the drawer pull wings to the board.

putting assemblage salvage metal art project together

I used one tiny screw a the bottom of the backplate to hold it in place.

junk jewelry

Next I needed the angel’s face. I pulled out my junk stash of jewelry.

assemblage art project in process

The face would need to have a bit of depth to it. A piece of jewelry alone would lay too flat on the board. I pulled several pieces of jewelry and round metal pieces from my junk stash.

assemblage art angel

I found a giant washer and whatever the thing is in the middle to add depth to the angel’s face and I screwed them in place.

hot glue to add jewelry to metal art

Then I attached a large brooch for the face using hot glue.

use hot glue to adhere junk jewelry to the reclaimed angel project

The brooch had some missing jewels and was bent up a bit but it looks good with the rest of the stuff.

metal angel made with salvaged hardware and junk jewelry

I drilled a small hole on each side of the wood panel at the top for a plain wire hanger. An antique key attached to the wire hanger was the finishing touch.

salvaged junk art angel

That’s it for my angel. What do you think about salvage art? Like it or not? The angel is hanging in our family room.

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Thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I love your angel, especially since she was made with meaningful pieces. I wish I had something salvaged from my grandparents home but it burned to the ground 2yrs ago.

  2. I do like salvage art, Kathy. And I like angel art, so I think your salvage angels are very cool. I’ve never made one but I would like to find the stuff to do it. I should look in my stash(es) to see if I have anything that would work. Anyway, I like ones you have done and look forward to seeing more. Even tho’ the holidays are over. It’s always a good time for making angels, I believe.

  3. I hope you wrote on the back why and who—all about the piece and DATED!
    Great idea. Sharpies are good for that.

  4. I agree with the top comment-such a wonderful remembrance of your grandparents home. And they are just a neat thing to make just for a look. Angels are always in I think.

  5. I love the angel. I am drawn to angels from a cerebral perspective but am not often drawn to them drom a decorative perspective. However, your angel speaks to me. Perhaps because it’s made with things that were loved which makes it more meaningful and beautiful. Wonderful and fantastically imaginative. Thank you.

  6. I love your angel. You did an absolutely wonderful job. I appreciate your creativity and artistry very much. Thank you for sharing. I appreciate you.