Monday, December 3, 2012

Turning Scraps Into Art

The concept of waste is one of my primary pet peeves. Rio Grande does reimburse their customers for scrap metal, which is certainly a viable option. However, I prefer to use it somehow. I like the extra challenge of designing a piece of art with leftover materials, as well as the gratification of knowing I generate as little waste as possible.

What would you do with these scraps (multiplied by 2)?

Here's what I made, step by step.

1. I soldered the ring onto the silver rectangle.

2. Then, one by one, I soldered three silver strips onto the back side of the rectangle.

3. I was worried that, even with a little sanding and polishing, the three strips would be too sharp. So, I decided to attach the 4th strip across the bottom.

4. I played around with the jump rings for a while, and finally decided to dangle them from the bottom (4th) strip.

5. With one of the three strips of silver wire, I formed an ear wire and soldered it to the back of the rectangle.

6. I melted the tips of the other two strips of wire to create little balls to hold the tiny blue beads in place. Those made sweet little drops to hang from the jump rings.

7. I hammered the rocks into the silver rings.

8. Finally, I polished the silver and voila! Done! They're rustic, but fun.

Am I starting to sound a little like Richard Proenneke?


  1. I try to use all my scrap pieces too! Glad you do!
    I'm having a blog hop right now and you should come get in on some of that love. ;-)

  2. You are so creative!! Never would have thought of this. Probably would have just thrown the materials away!

  3. lovely, nice blog!!
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