Rusted Junk

tinfoilhatJuly 26, 2011

I hide out in the hot afternoons under my shop sunshade. Came up with these while hiding out.

Barb Wire Terrier

Thomas Tortoise - An American SW Tortoise made with Chevy pressure plate, John Deere excavator tooth, and Southern Pacific RR spikes.

Unidentified Garden Bug. Indian rocker arm, Japanese speedometer drive gear, and American horseshoes welded to German VW crankshaft.

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marylee_2010

Tinfoilhat...Your critters are awesome. You are so creative. Thank you for sharing.

Marylee

    Bookmark   July 26, 2011 at 2:36AM
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sunnyca_gw

How nice of you to provide Mr. Barbwire Terrier a nearby place to pee!LOL Don't think too many critters are going to cozy up to him, his back looks like he might be dangerous.Mr tortoise is so neat,he's my favorite! Interesting bug, tho he reminds me of my GK's wiener dog! Glad you managed to find some shade & get creative! TFS Jan

    Bookmark   July 26, 2011 at 2:47AM
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rafor

Great critters!!! I'm so jealous you can weld :)

    Bookmark   July 26, 2011 at 5:56AM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

These are all so awesome, but the terrier is my fave. He seems to have "expression" like my little dog (tho mine is not a wire-haired). You are very talented, they all seem like they are about to move. Beautiful rustiness too.
Kathy

    Bookmark   July 26, 2011 at 6:58AM
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granny2anb

You are a master with a welding torch. I love all your creations.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2011 at 7:41AM
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jeannespines

These critters are lucky to have found a home with you! I assume welding is a craft that can be 'learned' (altho alot a work & practice, I presume!)...but your spectulation of what good ol' junk can be in another life is ART (well, I won't try to define 'art)...just enjoying your wonderful imagination & what you accomplish in your shop sunshade! TFS! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2011 at 8:59AM
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nonacook(8bFL)

I wish those were in MY garden!!!
They are awesome....

    Bookmark   July 26, 2011 at 9:51AM
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Purplemoon

AWESOME seems to be the word of choice...and a well-deserved one! Love your imagination and creativity. That Terrier is just exceptional, you really caught the look and attitude!

I'd love to live in a house between you and Robert...then I could enjoy all the welded critters up close and personal. And maybe find a way to sneak a few in my yard.
LOL.

BTW, I saw this Buzzard and thought of you...well not in THAT way!! LOL. But isn't this a cool looking bird, and his shadow shows how realistic his rusty body looks.

hugs, Karen

Here is a link that might be useful: Buzzard

    Bookmark   July 26, 2011 at 11:59PM
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sunnyca_gw

Purplemoon, great buzzard, should be something both guys can make!! I didn't like the helmet turtle tho, too spooky for me, like it was dead soldier's helmet or something. Oh, I like the buzzard's coloring with bits of red & blue in with the rust! Jan

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 12:37AM
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Purplemoon

Jan, I was looking thru the Junk and Scrap Art pool on Flickr...tho to me, not many critters match what Tinfoil comes up with!!
I did find a neat scorpion that would look great in his desert yard and I bet he could do one easily.

In my next life, I want to be a welder, LOL. Meanwhile I'll have to settle for being in T's fan club.
hugs, Karen

Here is a link that might be useful: scorpion

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 2:26AM
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tinfoilhat

I followed the photo streams of those 2 links and their work is incredible and imaginative. Manuel's work with steel and rock is beautiful. I have no shortage of rock here but I don't know if I have the patience to make the settings to hold each individual rock. If I'm understanding how he holds each rock that is almost jewelry work.
Have a look at this lizard.
I know that is going to gnaw on me till I try it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Monster

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 3:49AM
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Marlene Kindred

Wow! The heat must make your creative juices flow even freer! Love the terrier, the turtle and the bug! You have such great "stuff" to work with too....kudos to you!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 10:56AM
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sunnyca_gw

That lizard is fantastic!! Looks like there are 2 wires going on edge of each of smaller pieces, wonder if like you said he welds on pieces & then holds the rock in "clip-like" or prong-like might be better description,fashion. That is 1 beautiful creature tho. I love it!! The flat rocks are beautiful too! Jan

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 12:56AM
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Purplemoon

WOW, Tin, I hadn't seen the "rock lizard". What a fantastic piece! I spend hours on Flickr and get sidetracked by photo streams and other group pools and then forget where I started. LOL. I'll have to check out Manuel's other work, but right now I can't imagine him creating anything better than this lizard.

I can't wait to see what you come up with it now he planted the rock idea in your head. Maybe you should do a photostream on Flickr so MANY more folks get to see your incredible creations! Please think about it.

hugs, Karen

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 2:15AM
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spedigrees z4VT

Tinfoilhat, you are an exceptional metal worker! That terrier is an incredible work of art. You need a "beware of dog" sign, because, as SunnyCa says, he looks dangerous!

The rock lizard is impressive too. Manuel's work is truly impressive also.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 4:03PM
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