Metallic: 1

Over some period of months or years, even, I have been collecting metal objects that I pick up from the ground. I decided it was time to see what could be made of them.

I chose to try wiring them together to make hanging sculptures. I have no idea why this is what I settled on, but it is.

I bought wire at the craft store and used some that I already had on hand. I pushed the metal pieces around, trying to find a look I liked, and then I started putting things together. At first I tried to be neat with the wiring of the pieces, but neatness is just not in me, really…and I quickly learned I should have bought finer gauge wire – it would have been easier to work with. I’ll remember that for next time.

Well, no matter. Things got made. I’ll show you the results in a couple of posts.

My plan for these people is to take them to the park and hang them from tree branches here and there for people to look at and to take home if they want to.

Here is the first group of people.

Here they are as a group.

18 thoughts on “Metallic: 1

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. They were frustrating to make at first, I could not get something near to what I wanted, until I realized, reverse my approach, work with the items. Now I need to replenish the supply. It will take some time, serendipity must help me out!

  1. matthewjrichardson

    Love these, Claudia. We are redoing a flowerbed in the back garden at the moment and I am coming across quite a lot of raw material for this kind of work! Fascinating.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. It took me a while to accumulate these things, I pick them up on the road and so on. It sounds like you have a gold mine in your flower bed, so to speak!

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I have a lifelong habit of picking things up from the ground. I especially like anything metal. Finally I thought of something to do with these. Usually I collect for a while and then put them back out on curbs or something (there is only so much scrap you can keep around). I am glad this time I got this idea. Because I feel this way others can enjoy how cool so many of the pieces of metal really are.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. They do look good in a group. I think the park is the place for them, I hope that people will get a laugh and then maybe take one home. Otherwise it’s all just sitting in a box in my basement.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. Finally my collection of metal parts finds its voice. I collect stuff that is on the street and I mostly like metal (I have some really nice brake pads!) and for some reason I wanted to see these little pieces made into something. Now my collection is depleted from this project and also, I recycle my findings back on to park walls or the like in arrangements, so I don’t keep a lot around. Always look down, that is my motto!

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I’ve collected things from off the ground for a long time but this is the first time I have ever made them into anything.

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