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Look what happens to Copper !

posted by: toomuchglass on 08.20.2010 at 12:14 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I have a roll of thin copper used for copper punch. (It's 36 gauge ) Had it for years - never used it till now. I saw this online and I wanted to make it - complete with all the rainbow colors.


I used a small torch & experimented.
Check it out !!


This pic shows the results .


*Low heat will make it turn red
*Medium heat will turn it blue.
*Next - I I used High Heat & I think there must have been something oily on the copper - it kinda did a blobbly rainbow. ( happy accident ! )
*The last one -- I blasted it -- and it turned sliver.

Cool !!!!! You can buy the tooling foil at Michaels -
I also saw it in silver tone ,too. Now this could open up whole new possibilities ! It would also be great for the leaves on wind spinners........


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RE: Question for those who've done old window art (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: saywhatagnes on 04.16.2008 at 07:03 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Hi OrDel,

My flowers and doo-hickys are glass bits and half-marbles. Sure wish I could paint well but I have no talent in that department.
But on the panes, I used clear GE II 100% Silicone Caulk (indoor/outdoor for window & door). Personal choice. I think any clear caulk for exterior use would do.
I used an old toothbrush to stipple it on the glass, then pressed my glass bits and marbles down on top of it. I did a small section at a time.

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How much you use (or how thick you apply it) kind of determines the opacity/translucency. Im heavy-handed and I got a little globby in places. Also, some caulk will squish out around the sides of the glass bits and marbles when you put them on. You can use all kinds of techniques.
I did one with a wide-tooth comb. I dragged it through the caulk down the length of the glass pane in a wavy motion. That was pretty but Im not so delicate and I kept getting my fat fingers in the wet caulk and messing up my neat swirly lines.
Heres the backside of one that was not quite dry (or cured) in a picture frame:

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~ and the front side:

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You know, thinking on it, I dont see why you couldnt apply caulk to glass, let it dry, then paint decorations on the caulk. Like if you used a craft paint for outdoor use. That might be really nice.
Anyhow, sure hope I could be of help,


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New Project - Wind spinners

posted by: toomuchglass on 08.16.2010 at 03:55 pm in Garden Junk Forum

This popped into my head one night - hhhmmmmm.......something that spins with the wind.
I made these 2 "prototypes" to see if it worked - and I'll be darned - it does !! They spin in the breeze ! These are really rough - my soldering is sloppy & I see how I could improve them.

This is the first one I made :



The leaves are from the GW ... The marble on top is the pivot point that makes it spin.

Here's my second one -- I decided to use a solar light on the top of the spinner. (Also has GW leaves & plastic beads ) It spins & sparkles in the sun.



Like I said - these really need tweaking - but the idea is there !


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Wind spinner basics ( for those who asked )

posted by: toomuchglass on 08.17.2010 at 03:48 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I went to the hardware store & they had solid rods and hollow tubes - so I played with them untill I found one that fits right over the rod with no wobbling .

First I wrapped the marble with wire and attached it to the tube so it wouldn't move. The little bit of curve on the
marble that sits down inside the tube will be the pivot point for the whole top that slides down over the rod .


Now the tube with the attached marble can slide down over the rod and spin. If it doesn't spin - you can glue an upside down thumbtack to the top of the rod - that way the pivot is on the marble & against the point of the tack. The less surface area touching - the better for no friction.


I used copper wire & those copper leaves to make the 3 sides of the spinner . The leaves are large enough to catch the wind. I soldered mine - but I bet JB Weld Putty would do just as good. You can always add stuff to cover up the putty.


The solar light has the same idea - a marble glued into the bottom of the light so it can pivot on the rod.

The ideas are endless... I'm out of copper leaves - maybe beer can flowers can be on the next one !


threaded rod for the base post, brass tubing for over the top, maybe a windchime tube? look for wind catchers to put on.
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Cool projects for silverware

posted by: toomuchglass on 08.06.2010 at 11:38 am in Garden Junk Forum

No -- not cool ----- AWESOME ! I found these pics on the internet -- they got my wheels turning ! ( Especially the fish )




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Can Flower Instruction w/pix

posted by: excessfroufrou on 06.24.2010 at 02:50 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Start with 3 cans. Cut the tops off 2 of the cans and cut off the bottom of the other can with about an inch of the can left. On the 2 cans mark the bottom into 8 sections with a sharpie. Cut down the side of the can at each mark until you reach the bottom. Fold out each petal.


Cut each petal to the shape you want. Stack them on top of each other and glue together, then poke 2 holes all the way through. Thread a piece of wire to the back side (this is what you'll use to attach them to things).
Now glue the flower center( the remaining can bottom) in place. I use a box cutter and then scissors to cut the cans and GE II to glue them. Photobucket

You can paint when finished or if you want 2 tone flowers, then paint befor you assemble them.



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bowling ball finished........

posted by: doodys on 05.03.2010 at 09:37 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Just finished this today using wrapping paper.I plan on sealing this with clear varnish and probably leave it on porch.The base is off a ceiling fan and plan to also paint it. bowling ball


do to Bessie, maybe wedding paper??
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An Idea Panned Out------Calling It A Spade?

posted by: dcarch on 03.27.2010 at 12:39 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Don't junk your worn out non-stick frying pan.

You can cut it with a hack saw or carbide table saw. Aluminum cuts very easy. Hammer it to shape and you got yourself a light weight strong garden spade.

Regular spades are too small. I made mine a much more useful size.









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RE: Between the ball and the globs (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: nanatricia on 09.13.2009 at 10:47 pm in Garden Junk Forum

You can use foil tape to cover it with You can get it at big stores It has sticky tape on it and you would not have to use the glue .I have used it on alot of mosaics.I also use it to back of half marbles .Just make shure when you buy that it is silver on both sides because there is one that is white .
I have used candie wrappers.I make every one save them for me.i do not like cheap cholate but they have some pretty wrappers.

Here is a link that might be useful:


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Having A Ball

posted by: dcarch on 09.07.2009 at 07:48 am in Garden Junk Forum

As promised in another thread about hollow concrete balls, here is a very easy way of making a different kind of ball.
This will give you a ball of unlimited size, very round, and very light weight.

1. Get a large round balloon.
2. Wrap twine around the inflated balloon.
3. Coat it with two-part casting polyester with a brush.
4. Wait a day for it to cure.
5. Deflate balloon and you are done.

The one shown was made by me 20 years ago for lanterns in the garden. Bowling ball next to it is to give you an idea of its size.
There are many ways to use this balloon to make something else, including a very large hollow cement ball, or a stained-glass look lantern, etc.

Have fun.






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RE: Ultimate Garden Junk (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: adina72 on 03.16.2009 at 06:58 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Here is the back. The center of the flower is a ladle.


The front.

And the stems...


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Ultimate Garden Junk

posted by: adina72 on 03.15.2009 at 02:58 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Yesterday, hubby and I went to Rochester, NY for their annual Gardenscape Garden and Flower Show. It was awesome. I decided I deserved a treat since the voles have eaten nearly all the new plants I bought last year and I've lost 44 lbs. over the winter. I would have never spent this much money on myself otherwise, but I just have to have them.

This first item is a plant hanger. The flower is made from spoons. I also bought a little butterfly made from a metal steamer from the same vendor.


This is a metal bird tree....sorry the picture isn't better, but it was hard to get a good picture of this. I will have to create a new flower bed to put this in as you will likely poke your eye out if you try to mow around it...LOL. I can't wait to start hanging junk on it. I love it sooooo much! There are four metal birds on the branches and they are all different. There is a wooden birdhouse on the top which will most likely be replaced by one a little more my style.


I will post pictures of the show on my blog within the next day or two and also try and get a picture of the strainer butterfly....I just don't have the time right now....must get outside and work on a few projects for a new client.

Here is a link that might be useful: My Blog


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Some great ideas

posted by: nmgirl on 03.04.2009 at 06:23 am in Garden Junk Forum

Found this booth at the local outdoor market while I was visiting my folks. Sorry the shots aren't so great, I was having to take photos in an area full of "walking heads".

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RE: Ever see a Zebra horse? (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: justlinda on 02.06.2008 at 04:51 pm in Trash To Treasure Forum

To patch the holes, I put a bit of GESilicone II around the inside of the hole, and then inserted a piece of cardboard with a thread to hold the cardboard up against the inside of the hole so when I smoothed on Poly Instafill it didn't fall into the hole. I let that dry, then primed the whole horse with cheap flat spray paint from WallyWorld and painted the horse with craft acrylic paints. Then after it was all dry I once again, probably because I'm cheap, spray painted with a cheap clear coat (that wouldn't yellow) to protect it.

Here's another horse I'm working on.....decopaged with wallpaper cutouts. Ever see a SunFlower Horse??? LOL

Jumping Horse


flowers, fairies, butterflies!!!
sweet Bessie!!
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RE: Flatware Bracelet (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: kudzukween on 08.15.2008 at 07:03 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Thanks ya'll,so much*blush* the spoon pendants are made with Clear Cast, it's a type of resin, it has fumes, so be careful, you can mix up a small amount, I do more than a few spoons at one time,though,and I even used it over photographs that were glued to a plate, and it worked great on those(they're somewhere in my albums if you want to see those) I find pictures and words in my old greeting cards, or I find images online and print them out. They need to be on heavier paper or they get really transparent. I fill them in with pieces of broken jewelry and beads, and charms,whatever I have,even some beautiful turquoise feathers my sister saves for me from her bird. Sprinkle some glitter if you like, but go easy on it,it goes a long way,just a small itsy bitsy pinch of it.I usually glue my pictures and trinkets on the spoon before I mix and pour the resin.

And I forgot a big step in the spoon bracelet..that's how I bend them. I use slip joint pliers on one end,and hold the other end with pliers,and I use an old soft thick cloth to keep from getting teeth marks in the metal...just sorta wrap the ends with the cloth. You could try taping the pliers to keep the metal from getting marked up. The slip joint pliers help make it rounded to go over the wrist. I do one side,then the other. Some silver plate is softer than others. A friend made me something to help bend my spoon handles, it's a piece of PVC pipe with a hole about the size of the spoon handle. I slip it through the hole and bend it around the pipe, but it's not always easy. It does help,though. Or try wrapping the handle in a towel and hitting it with a hammer a little bit,that will help it start curving some. Just use something to keep the tool marks off of it....I hope that helps!

I sell these, but a lot of friends and family have gotten one or two to wear as "advertising" :)

I also make wind chimes from silver plated flatware and trays,etc.


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RE: Flatware Bracelet (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: kudzukween on 08.15.2008 at 03:13 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I have been making and selling these for a while. The method I use to cut the bowl of the spoon or fork off with is the bolt cutters,too, which is really handy for cutting up all kinds of garden junk. My DH bought me a slightly smaller version, it cuts like butter,though :) It even cuts the knife handles off for making lapel pins or small vases out of the hollow knife handles.
So here's what I do:

Sorta eyeball the size of the handle around your wrist:) Cut it off with the bolt cutters,checking for engraved designs you'd like to keep on or cut off the handle. I go to the dollar store and buy those huge packs of really cheap coarse emery boards, then use them to file the cut edge of the handle. Works great. I went to Harbor Freight and bought a few packs of the cheap small drill bits, they worked much better than the expensive titanium bits I got at Home Depot for some reason. Of course if you have something better to drill holes with, use that! LOL I usually use just one handle for making a bracelet, so I drill a hole in each end, large enough for a jump ring to fit through. I bought some silver plated jump rings and some clasps and something like 5 feet of silver plated chain at Walmart, cost about $6 altogether. You'll need one or two pairs of pliers to cut a piece of chain off. Again,eyeball the length you want..smaller if you want a short length hanging off the end,longer if you want more hanging down off the end. I also bought some bead pins, and made quite a few so my bracelets will be covered in a lot of beads. Beads are always on clearance at WalMart and Michaels and Hobby Lobby, my favorite place to get them is yard sales and friends giving me broken jewelry and watches :) I sometimes add silver plated charms, also found at the craft stores on sale or bought with a coupon.
Save the bowl of the spoon to make a really nice pendant or pin with, even the fork can make a beautiful piece of jewelry.
Here's some pics. Sorry this kinda got long and rambling..LOL
I'll check back later, I'll be very happy to help ya'll...I love making these, very relaxing!

Here is a link that might be useful: Cherry-stuff I made


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In Memory of Just Pam

posted by: cindee11461 on 08.11.2008 at 06:11 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I know Pam would be pleased to know I finally got my copper toilet float fish made!!! I am sure she is smiling down on them!!!! I am so happy with how they turned out and I had to share with you all. Pams fish were something I really enjoyed and I really wanted to make some of my own. Well, it took me a few years, but I finally collected all the things I needed and got my DH committed to helping me with the soldering. It was a job but I love how they turned out. Now, they just have to weather a bit and they should be really cool!!!! Thanks Pam for the inspiration. I will always remember you!!!


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RE: cutting tea cups in half (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: robolady on 04.26.2008 at 10:02 pm in Trash To Treasure Forum

The best way I've found is with a tile saw.
here are some i've done

I have a friend who scores them with a glass cutter and then snips with tile snips. But it's hit and miss. Sometimes she destroys the cup.


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The Emperor's Jade & Gold Crown Pagoda

posted by: r_murray on 06.03.2008 at 03:01 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Hey Guys, That's it! It's done and I'm done. Whew! Those two pagodas took three days and I'm pooped. Its time to take a day off. Yeah, RIGHT!



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The Orange Blossom Pagoda

posted by: r_murray on 06.02.2008 at 04:05 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Okay so it's not actually an orange blossom but I had to call it something.
The base of the pagoda is actually two automotive brake parts (a vented rotor and a drum), the glass is from a table lamp, the bricks came from the great charcoal kilns of Nevada, the top piece was part of a chandelier in Harolds Club Reno (got it at auction), and all the other parts are free weights.




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RE: home made castle idea? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: toadlilly on 05.14.2008 at 11:09 pm in Garden Junk Forum

trying pictures


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Garden bells followup - long post

posted by: nmgirl on 02.20.2007 at 09:40 am in Garden Junk Forum

The garden bells turned out to be quite simple to make, it was just a lot of trial and error at first. I'll see how they handle being outdoors, I might find more errors!
Here's how I made them:
The bell - all the bells, except for the flat top one, are made from glass lamp parts. I'm sure you've seen the glass lamps in the TS. When you take them apart you usually have at least two pieces and often three. I used the center bell shaped piece, the end/supporting pieces work I worked into totems. The flat topped bell is the chimney from a hurricane style candle holder. Whatever you use for the bell, be sure it is heavy. Lightweight glass doesn't sound as pretty or hold up to repeated banging from the clapper.

The clapper- a wooden doll's head from the craft store. I use the a doll's head because it was predrilled, all I had to do was drill through the rest of the way. Be sure to hang flat part down so it won't hold or catch water. I gave mine two coats of spar varnish after drilling.

The wind catcher - is made of red oak because that's what I could find. I found 1/2"w. by 3'l. pieces of red oak lumber at Home Depot. For visual balance, I made the catchers as long as the bell itself but do what looks best to you. I used a paper pattern to decide on shape and length BEFORE cutting into the nice wood. I used a jig saw, file, sandpaper and drill for shaping and finishing. All catchers have two coats of spar varnish. Whatever you use for a wind catcher be sure that it has some weight to it, wind catchers that are too light just blow around.

I used jack chain for hanging the clapper and wind catcher; it's inexpensive, lightweight, strong, easy to work with and to find. The wood pieces are attached to the jack chain with copper wire. I used copper for two reasons,1. I already had some on hand, and 2. it inhibits mold and mildew growth. It doesn't stop it, just inhibits it.
Use what works for you.

The bell hanger assembly - has 4 parts to it, an "S" hook, two welded rings and a large rubber/neoprene washer. I wanted a hanger that would allow the bell to move some in the wind. I was concerned that a rigid assembly might increase the breakage factor, remember the bells are made of glass.I also wanted something that was simple to put together and maintain so here's what I came up with. It's easiest to take the glass bell with you to the hardware store when you're buying the hanger pieces. It's also fun seeing people's expression when you explain what you're doing!
1. Using the top opening of the bell as your size guide purchase a WELDED ring larger that the opening. The easiest way to do this is to take the bell with you to the hardware store. Be sure the ring won't get stuck in the opening yet it's not so large that it won't fit in the top of the bell. You want the bell to wobble on it. This ring will carry the bell and is the attachment point for the clapper chain.
2. Find an "S" hook that will fit through the top bell opening with about 1" or the top loop showing above the bell when the hook wnd the interior welded ring are hooked together. I can't tell you exactly what size of "S" you need,it all depends on the shape of the glass and the size of the ring. Be sure it's an "S" hook you can work with pliers! Don't buy, like I did, an "S" that's used for repairing chain. Duh! I've had best luck with the prepackaged "S" hooks, not the loose ones.
3.Purchase a LARGE rubber/neoprene washer that will fit over the "S" hook and fit between the carrier ring and the wall of the bell. This washer will protect the glass from the metal ring.
4.Find another ring for your top hanger ring. Be sure it's large enough to not fall through the top opening of the bell. Don't attach the ring to the "S" hook yet!

Hanger assembly instructions:
Open one side of the "S" hook just enough to allow the carrier ring to be slipped on.Close the "S" hook.

Work and wiggle the large rubber washer down over the top of the "S" hook until it rests on top of the carrier ring.

Attach whatever chain or cord you're using to hold the clapper and windcatcher to the carrier ring. Don't worry about cutting it to length right now. The bell has to be assembled and hanging up before you can determine where the clapper should hang.

You have a choice with the next step. Either open the other end of the "S" hook enough to allow the hanging ring to slip in - but don't put the ring in yet, or leave the hook closed. I recommend opening it now. Either way, insert the "S" hook/washer/carrier ring assembly through the opening from the inside of the bell so that you can hold the partially assembled bell up by the "S" hook. Attach the hanging ring and close the hook.You'll probably need two pairs of pliers to close the ring and be careful! You're working with glass!
You should now be able to hang up your clapperless bell.

With the bell hanging, attach the clapper so that it strikes the bottom rim of the bell.

With the bell hanging, attach the windcatcher. The distance of the windcatcher from the bell is just a matter of what pleases you. I like to hang mine twice the length of the bell. Experiment with it. Keep in mind if the catcher is either too far from or too close to the bell it won't ring very well.

The bell top - I didn't want to leave the large opening completely exposed. I cut flashing into individual two lobed "petals" and GE'ed them, slightly overlapping, around the top. I left room for the hanging assembly and bell to move in the wind. The top is partially open but I hope the "petals" will keep most of the leaves, pine needles and rain out. I didn't want to close the top opening completely and not allow air to circulate.

Be sure to hang the bell where it won't bang into something and hang it over a soft surface just in case it comes down!

I know this is a lot of words, I do better with pictures myself. I'm on the lookout for more lamps to "convert", If anyone is interested, I'll try to make a step-by-step photo explanation.

Confusion or questions?


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