This category features non-functional, three-dimensional work in any medium. Materials include marble, wood, plastic, found objects and original mold cast sculpture.
Each piece is made from raw black annealed wire from scratch by hand ranging in widths from 0.5mm to 2mm. Wire is heated up by friction with cloth in order to shape it in a desired shape. Other components such as glass beads are incorporated in some pieces. Once finished every piece is treated with antirust product to prevent patina.
I weld metal art pieces made from scrap metal. My creations are constructed from metal spikes, rods, slugs, and other pieces of steel designated for the dumpster or recycling. I gather scrap metal from all over and then, based on what I have found, start creating! I weld together the pieces (sometimes bending, cutting, and twisting) to make my pieces. Next, they are cleaned by grinding and brushing off the reside and rust. Then I put a protective coating on them to keep from rusting.
Sculpture by Dexter
I use recycled steel. I hand-cut each piece individually & weld it together with a wire welder. I work alone with no assistants & my sculptures are my own original designs. I have been doing this since 1972. You are welcome to come to my shop anytime to see me work.
In creating, we first search for materials based on size, shape, or unusual characteristics allowing our imagination to decide what they will become. Our art is mainly metal but we use other materials if needed to complete the piece using a mig welder, cutting torch, plasma cutter, grinders and various hand tools. Our goal is original art, from recycled materials, that will bring a smile to the face of whoever sees it. We strive for originality. All artwork is proudly created by the two of us.
Color dyed cement and bath towel flower pots and planters. Cement dye is applied and mixed, a pre cut piece of a bath towel is then soaked in the mixture, placed over a form, and left to dry. Plants and dirt can be placed directly into pots or used with potted plants. They are water tight and made for inside or outside use.
Most of my materials are found objects. Lighthouse towers are rolling pins, curtain rods, table legs, etc. The tops are screwed down nuts, washers, knobs, glass parts, etc. I paint the towers with acrylic paint. My driftwood sailboats are made from local beach driftwood. The masts are dowel; sail material I cut from thrift store shirts. I rig the sails. Nails serve to hold the boats on reclaimed wood. I paint scraps from cut buoys for my wood fish. Trays are hand assembled, stenciled & finished.
Andy Brinkley Studio
Connelly Springs, NC
We create sculptures inspired by our love of nature. Each piece is handcrafted from sheet copper, tubing, rods and/or brass and bronze brazed together with an oxy-acetylene torch using a filler rod of copper/silver alloy. The red colors are achieved by heating the copper until the metal is red-hot and then quenching it in room-temperature water. The green is a natural patina created by oxidizing the copper with an acid. Each sculpture is of our design and created in house at our Studio in NC.