Rusty Junk Flower Garden

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“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” –Henri Matisse

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I’ve been hoarding old faucet handles for awhile now trying to come up with just the right project for them.  I attended an outdoor art festival earlier this summer, and metal flowers were everywhere!  So, I decided to finally get them out and make something fun.

My biggest dilemma was figuring out what to use for the stems.  I visited our local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and started poking around in the scraps, and I hit the jackpot.  A big bucket full of rusty old concrete ties was just what I needed.  They were the right diameter and the “patina” was already there.  I picked up a big 5 gallon bucket full for $3.00.  I love that store!

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I removed one of the circular discs so I could trim the lengths to various sizes.

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Then, I slid the handle on to the “stem” and locked it onto my vice grip.  I used a hammer to pound the end until it flattened enough to keep the handle from sliding off.

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Next, I sweet-talked my husband into tacking the handles into place with his welder.  Before he agreed to help me out, however, I had planned on gluing the flowers into place with a high-quality epoxy like Loctite.  They have a formula for metal that works for outdoor applications.  This probably would have been sufficient.

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Finally, I put the flowers back into the vice, so I could bend them into random flower-like shapes.  I wanted them to have a little “movement.”

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Now, I have a garden full of funky-junk flowers that don’t ever need watering!

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Wishing everyone a wonderful rest of August.  Enjoy your flowers, both real and junky!

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