Gathering spare pieces of metal, John Brown assembles his findings into sculptures of colorful butterflies, insects, and birds. Although the assemblages are formed from salvaged materials like nails and bicycle chains, the pieces somehow remain delicate, wings appearing just as thin as a butterfly’s own.
via Welded Insects Produced From Salvaged Metal Scraps by John Brown | Colossal.
Austin-based artist Matt Norris makes VERY cool things out of metal (recent pieces in memory include a skeleton pirate sculpture and an amazingly-detailed praying mantis metal sculpture) but one of our favorite things he makes is little brass and recycled bicycle chain pillbugs (or roly polys, where I was raised). Made out of brass you can get them brass-colored or he also makes them with colored patinas. Small enough to fit in your hand but substantial enough to stand out on a shelf or table, at only $40 a piece they are kind of steal for a handmade piece of awesomeness. Find some on his Etsy store (maybe buy a few, because again, they are awesome).
via Adorable Brass & Bicycle Chain Pillbugs | 2Modern Blog.
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