Something Old Something New #1 – The Duck-Billed Platypus Toast-Rack

I’ve just spent the weekend at the stunning Coombe Trenchard Home and Garden Show, a few miles down the road from our home on the edge of Dartmoor.

Beautiful Coombe Trenchard – what a great venue for a Home and Garden event


It was a lovely event and my son (who helped me out on the stall) and I spent lots of time chatting to people about some of the pieces and what they had been in their former life.

Not a bad view from our stall


The great thing is that every piece I make has its own story to tell and so I thought it might be nice to start sharing some of their special stories here too – as once the piece has been sold its story moves on again.

I thought I’d start with one of my more bizarre purchases – a silver toast-rack. Sometimes I see things and just have to buy them, even if I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with them and this toast-rack is a case in point.

The tarnished old toast-rack that caught my eye


When I saw it, it was a dull, tarnished yellow and really wasn’t too appealing, but I really loved the shape of the handles and the unusual ‘tines’ to hold the toast in place, so thought it had potential, although I really wasn’t sure what I would be making.

When I got it home I turned it over to get a good look at it & for some reason it reminded me of a duck-billed platypus and that name stuck!

Perhaps I’m the only one who sees a Duck-Billed Platypus in this!



After looking at it for a while I removed one of the handles, giving it a hammered finish, before wiring it onto a silver and labradorite bead chain…….





And cut two of the ‘tines’, hammering them too to create a simple, but stylish pair of earrings…….

I am still looking at the other pieces to decide what to make with them, so I am sure the toast rack’s story will continue.

As it stands though someone, somewhere will be able to declare ‘Oh my darling, today I’m wearing toast-rack’ , which to be honest does bring a smile to my face!

Detail from the labradorite & silver chain

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