Sunday, April 22, 2012

From the Deck to the Wall

Our back garden deck has recently had some minor major repairs. I rescued a pile of rusted nuts, bolts, and washers ready that were heading to the metal recycling depot. My dad thought I was mental! But I knew someday I would think of something brilliant to do with them.  Well that day has come. I am so chuffed with this piece! (BTW, my dad was very impressed the result!)

You can see closes ups after all the details.

The bolts were very messy, so I sealed them with glue and seal. I used gunmetal coloured wire to tie the bolts in the square form. Here are the steps I took for the white wood looking piece in the middle of the frame:
  • Ripped two cardboard pieces to fit the frame.
  • Cut a centre shape out using one of the movers and shapers styled labels,
  • Painted with white gesso
  • Painted a later of grey paint
  • Added a layer of crackle medium
  • Painted a layer of white paint
  • Added some frayed burlap distress stain then some glossy accents
  • Used verdigris vintaj ink and white acrylic paint to highlight the wordband, the word token and one of the gears
  • Punched holes and added metal eyelets.
  • Added loads of Tim Holtz Idea-okogy sockets, gears and game spinners
  • Used thinner gun metal coloured wire to hang the word band and suspend the cardboard in the frame.
  • Embossed a piece of thin silver coloured metal with the cuttlebug watch cogs embossing folder
  • Used the Faux Patina technique to add the colour and stuck it on the back of the cardboard. I used the two layers of cardboad to add depth between the wordband and the faux patina background.
  • Added some chain and more Idea-ology bits for hanging my little creation
One of the things I have learned it the rule of threes. Things seem to be more balanced in some sort of triangle form. You will see that I used three silver with white acrylic pieces and there are also three copper and verdigris coloured pieces. .
Onto the challenges for my creation.  The Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is Anything Goes. As always, one lucky particpant will receive a $50 gift certificate to shop at Simon Says Stamp. I was inspired by Tracy's Crackle frame. I decided to use the Frilly and Funkie challenge  as my foundation. This week FaF challenge is to Repurpose to Upcycle. The two items that I recycled are the bolts and cardboard from an box. I completed my peice using the Studio L3 Compendium of Curiositites Challenge #2 Faux Patina. It is from page 58 from Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Volume 2. This week is being sponsored by one of Linda's friends Angie Lentz. Angie is offering an Idea-ology Messenger Bag signed by Tim Holtz!

Now for the good bits....the close ups. When I see a detailed project that I LOVE on someone blog, I spend loads of time gazing at the details. I love to see all the tiny bits and bobs....this is usually where I get my inspiration.

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Diana said...

this is absolutely stunning... totally totally stunning !!!

Dan said...

What a beautiful piece, and what a great way to use up those old bolts! The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week - Thank you!

Shelann said...

Great reuse! Your vision turned out fantastic, your Dad should be impressed.

Michelle said...

Beautiful!!!!!!!Love the details!

Kathie said...

Wow Heidi you are so talented this is a total work of art and yes Dad should be proud of you. You'll have to start up your own Art Gallery your so creative.
Hugs always
P.S Has your Dad been watching the 20/20 Cricket from India this season. NZ's season sucked.

Linda Ledbetter said...

Holy moly, Heidi, this is sensational! The faux patina is perfect, as is every single detail of this museum-quality work of art. Truly, this is something very special, and I bet it knocked your dad's socks off. It certainly knocked MY socks off! Thanks for sharing your talent at the CC2C!

Riet said...

Wat schitterend gemaakt Heidi.

Liefs Riet.

Kim Dellow said...

totally LOVE this Heidi! I am an avid collector of bits of rust metal and this is just a beautiful make with all yummy rusty bits! Kim

annes paperfun said...

Wow!!! Your work is amazing ♥♥♥
Lovely details!!
Hugs, Anne

sara j said...

Great piece the clear coating on all the gears and the wires...really cool.

Terry said...

Wow, I am speechless, so what a good thing I can type this! Very clever, very unique, very awesome! What a great use of rusty bolts in this wonderful project! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie!

Michele said...

Heidi, this is out of this world wonderful, gosh you are so talented. Just love, love it.
Sometimes I'm to scared to add to much stuff, but you have made me more confident to do so, this is wonderful.

Carol said...

Wow!!! This is gorgeous. You have put so many things into it>

Marianne H said...

Oh MY............. so cool. Love it.
Have a nice day!!

Art By Wanda said...

This is totally amazing... sooooooooooo so cool!!!! Absolutely love it!!!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

I don't even know what to say about this Heidi. I'm sitting here with my mouth hanging open and the drool running into my keyboard! This is sensational, stupendous, incredible, amazing...well, you get the idea. A fabulously grungy piece of art. I love all the authentic rusted metal and also that fabulous crackled center base! So happy you shared your wonderful piece of art with us this time at Frilly and Funkie!


Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Creative genius! WOW...I am in awe! The rusted nails are perfect, loved the way you joined them, and all your gears and metal are too cool. The way you joined the word plate is exceptional!!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Frilly & Funkie!!!

lainey said...

FANTASTIC use of scrap metal, awesome!! love what you have created. lainey x

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Anonymous said...

Wow Heidi ! What an absolutely inspiring piece of art, amazing! I love it (can you tell!) Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

Annie said...

Hi Heidi this is an awesome creation and very inspirational. I love the way you have pieced it all together using a variety of textures and techniques. You should be very proud of this piece. All the best in the challenge. I am also your newest follower as I can't wait to see future pieces. Thanks for sharing.....Annie :)

Tammy Roberts said...

Fantastic project Heidi! So much great detail! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Frilly and Funkie!

Anonymous said...

Gosh that really is a work of art. Well done I find it very inspiring Aunty Kate

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