Craft stores are carrying more and more metal embellishments that resemble small, antique parts and trinkets. The "idea-ology" line by Tim Holtz is one of my favorites. This line includes metal gears, frames, watch faces, and all sorts of other findings.
For this project, I wanted to use a few items from my personal junk drawer. This is where I keep anything from scraps of paper, fabric, small metal pieces, broken costume jewelry, and any other baubles that can be used in my paperweight designs.
Heirloom Dome Paperweight Kit, an antique watch case, a scrap of lace trim, a printed photograph, some printed name banners, and some paper torn from an old album cover.
If you don't have a junk drawer of your own, now is the perfect time to start a collection of trinkets. It's amazing how much design inspiration can come out of a box of small tidbits!