Metallic: 3

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 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.

Most of what I made in this little project involved figures. Here is the whole group that I have already shown you.

I had a few metal washers left over. I combined them with a spring and some kind of a weight to make this item. It reminds me of a kite string.

Here are some details:

And here it is hanging from a bush in my back yard. I like the look of this strand of circles and I think I’ll keep it for myself.

15 thoughts on “Metallic: 3

  1. Manja Mexi Mexcessive

    Lovely. It was meant to hang from a bush just like this.

    Also, please, come over and see the second part of the recent visit to that artistic garden. The artist works with scrap materials and he did an amazing job.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you for all the nice things you have said about these. I am surprised people like them so much. I felt I maybe had not done the materials justice. They are growing on my now. I like the kite string a lot, it just seems free and happy. I will take a look at the garden you mention, I read the earlier post and was struck by how it reminds me of a place we have here in Philadelphia. I was able to imagine your experiences from the ones I have had here. But to me Italy is the home of the mosaic, always. Now it is up to me to put my eyes to the ground and start collecting metals again…!

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      This one in particular, I did not know what to do, I had so many circles left over. I guess they fall off trucks and cars and equipment more often than anything else. Plus I had that wonderful triangle weight. Suddenly I put it all together, 5 minutes, and done. Just right as it was.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. There is something very free about it, and also, it has a really good balance and weight to it because of its shape and also that piece at the end is heavy and makes it fall well. I had so many extra circle shapes and did not know what to do with them, but I like how this turned out. Serendipity once again.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      It’s those washers, I had so many, I guess they fall off of everything that is on the road and no one ever seems to notice or it makes no difference to the machine? I guess. Anyway, suddenly this idea came to me and it took about 5 minutes to do. I love how free it looks.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I do know each metal piece has a story all right – where it was and what it was doing before it came to me. I wonder how they would add up to a story for each figure (or if they even like being combined but that is…another story).

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Sor far I don’t see them taking any notice, but, I haven’t got them where the birds go right now. In the woods, I have the feeling it will be the same thing. They will ignore it if it’s not food! or predator.

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