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This is not my passion but it is a fun outlet and takes a minimum of effort. I’m still figuring out what glue works best (yes, I know: search, search search the Internet and maybe someone who does this for a living will dish on the secret to gluing porcelain and having it hold through torrential rains…)

Two saucers, two vases and a new marble.  I like the colors but it really isn’t a work of art – just two saucers, two vases and a marble glued together.

A tie-dye vase with a leaf-shaped saucer, a votive holder and a ceramic frog… Tie-dye garden flower! I like this one. I should have angled the camera so you could see the leaf-shaped saucer and the frog a little better. It is hiding in the penstemmon.

Willy Wonka tea cup flowers! They aren’t yellow daffodils but they were such a perfect find at Goodwill! Three little flower-shaped white porcelain cups, 3 saucers (from Pier One according to the label on the bottom) and three funky and very different stems. These are my favorites. Of course all yard art will have to come in when winter sets in but how fun to have a bit of whimsy in the garden!

THIS is what I have been spending a lot of time on. This is the underside of the glass top to my outdoor magazine rack. I used craft paint. According to my online research it is the recommended medium for outdoor window painting. Surprised me but then it is what I used before and the previous painting lasted several years and was still a bear to scrape off when I decided it needed a new painting this summer.

The “right” side of the glass. I should have painted more orange on the two butterflies, but I took artistic license with the whole design anyway, so who cares? The butterflies & owl are courtesy Dover Books. I love their copy-right free stuff.

In place in my garden.

The magazine rack was one of those little brass ones. My boss decided to throw it away because it didn’t match any of the office decor (he was right about it not matching anything) but I couldn’t bear to see it reduced to scrap metal. I brought it home and my husband nearly croaked.

Not in his house, he said.

“I have no intention of bringing it INSIDE the house,” I retorted. And then I painted it flat black and painted the glass top.

Since then I have added the hens and chicks and the new painting on the glass top. I love it.

Reuse, reuse, reuse. 🙂

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Art in my Yard

I was wandering around the back yard, hoping to find something catchy for a photo of the day. The spiders, bees, sunflowers and asters were all willing to pose, but how many photos can I take of them? The sun was low in the sky, glinting off of the side of the house.

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There was Murphy, trying to make off with one of the lawn chair cushions.

I rescued the cushion and sent Murphy away.

And I looked up the deck.

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The beads in the wire bunny drew me up the ramp to take a photo of him and I found myself digressing from Photo 365 to Wire Sculpture.

I went through a stage of creating windchimes out of galvanized wire. It’s all recycled material (except the obsidian). The galvanized wire is held together with the copper wire, and the copper wire is decorated with recycled beads.

I added the obsidian shards in hopes that when the wind blew, I would get music. (Sometimes it works.) I see one shard is missing on the bunny, which is unfortunate (but I have more).

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The white beads I used for his tail are just perfect in the low sun. I never thought of back-lighting it to get a photo before. I like how his little eye lights up.

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His perfect little shadow isn’t too bad, either (except you can see where he rubs against the house with his tail).

I made several whimsical creatures the couple years I was playing with wire. I tied all of them together with recycled copper wire, added beads and sometimes obsidian shards for music, and I have had them hanging from tree branches or the fence or the side of the house…

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The frog sits on the rail to my grandson’s delight. The large green beads came from some old necklace. You know the kind? The kind of necklace you see at a yard sale and you wonder WHO in their right mind would wear THAT?

365 252 (2)The frog, that’s who. (I can’t think of anyone else, can you?)

(And yes, I meant that to rhyme.)

I think the galvanized wire is about 5 gauge (stronger than clothes hanger wire). It’s old fence wire rescued from some dump. The copper wire is recycled out of an old VCR (or some appliance – I have a lot of it) and is very fine, maybe 40 gauge. It has a tendency to cut into my fingers after awhile (sort of like learning to play the guitar).

It takes heavy wire cutters to trim & bend the galvanized wire and I have to wrap the copper wire quickly to hold the joints in place. The most tedious part is the weaving of the wire. I suppose that is why I added old beads and such –  to break up the tedium of weaving the copper wire.

I use the same wire in my goblins when I start a frame work for them.

I’m beginning to get the itch to make something…

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Leprechaun!

He’s finished. Well, he needs a name, but otherwise – he is finished.

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I started out with the polymer clay figure, added some features with an air-dry clay, and painted with regular old craft paint.

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Then I took an old dress, some cloth ribbon, fabric stiffener and fabric glue. Oh, and I added some velvet from an old coat my mom took apart years ago. I inherited the scraps of cloth when she died and now I have a use for them: faerie boots!

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No sewing involved – I am far too lazy for that. He does need his horn and a few minute details added, but he’s looking pretty good!

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I’m pretty happy with him.

He needs a name, tho.

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