Blast from the Past!

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I had a blast from the past!  I got in an organizing mood and decided to go through my old “my pictures” files.  I ran across these pics of projects that didn’t work out in the time + cost + check after the commission was paid.  Cartm in Manzanita was kind enough to let me have most of the soda cans for these mosaics and I went through about 6 months of drinking Rockstars just so I could have some white backgrounds.

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Stephanie from Primary Elements Gallery in Cannon Beach came up with the inspiration of using soda cans as my mosaic material.

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The mosaic is not that hard to do with a good template, but each corner needs a little nail and look a lot of patience.  I admit there was one soda can mosaic where it seemed not so tedious to tack down the nails after my hubby irritated me with a comment. LOL

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The gallery owners give me a report about who purchases my art, and this one sold because it looked like their dog :  )

z blast 4This crab is the last soda pop mosaic I made.  I had a fabulous price on it when the amount of work was fresh in my mind.  I finally ended up selling it for a fourth of the original price.  I have dreamed up a lot of fun ideas and it is usually an idea that comes from the serendipity at a garage sale or thrift store.

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I was thrilled to find a metal tape measure at a garage sale for 50 cents! The owner was a track coach and this tape measure was missing the first 2 feet but it was 330 feet long I mean 328′ with the missing piece.  I had soooooo much fun weaving the pieces in a chicken wire frame I made using 14″ macramé rings at the top and bottom of the chicken wire drum shape.  I had enough tape to make two lamp shades.  Sunrose Gallery sold one lamp and Cartm in Manzanita sold the other one!

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This “Coffee Mug Coffee Table” was fun to the maximum to make.  I got the idea to swap out the legs of a garage sale table for a stack of colorful coffee mugs.  It’s a REAL coffee table. teehee. I entered it in a trash art show and got a million giggles, but no sale!  I was secretly happy it didn’t sell.  After a while I recreated the table with the original legs and painted it to match my new décor.

It was fun to go back and revisit crafts I never plan to make again.  Oops I forgot, never say never!

Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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