This is comprised of a lamp base,yellow vase,another glass orb off an old,I assume.70's lamp.I finished it off with a wire teapot.The metal flowers in the vase came off a broken lamp in the dumper.
wire teapot totem
I love this totem! How did you stick things together-silicone ll or something else? Is it for your garden or inside?
Ha! I used to have an orange double swag hanging lamp I'm sure your pumpkin shaped round one came out of. I was also lucky enough to have table lamps with night lites inside although they were a different shape - longer --so keep looking! I also had a teapot; but mine was black, I tried several times to grow something in it, but no luck. Just recently donated that to Battered Women. And, you're correct - I got them from my mother in the 70's, don';t remember when she got them. That was the Avacado Green, Harvest Gold and Burnt Orange era.
I used silicone/indoor/outdoor.This can be either an inside/porch or outside one.....
Your totem looks great, doodys ~~ it's one of the prettiest, most unique ones I've seen. When I'm out junkin' I'll be looking at old outdated lamps in a new way. Thanks for the inspiration!
Decolores, love that name. I just got back from a
Emmaus Walk where I saw that word lot's.
Dahtzu ~~ I also went on an Emmaus Walk several years ago (my introduction to the word). Since De Colores means "of colors" it seemed appropriate to use here on DG since God's creation of this beautiful earth is FULL of colors. Hope your walk was as memorable as mine.
That is an awesome totem. I never thought of using lamp bases and globes. Thanks for sharing. Do you have others you can show us? I will try to post some of mine. I am fairly new at this. Looking for some pointers for my junking trips. have a grat week
I love the teapot on the top! Did the silicone hold up as the glue to connect everything? Is it still holding outside?
How did I miss this thread?? Love the totem! Such clever ideas and here I am with so many things to put together too. I'm going to use E6000 glue (at Wal-Mart in the craft department) as I've use it on other projects with great results. Many of the other totem makers on other threads have used this too. Looking forward to seeing more totems.
The breast cancer votive is beautiful!! I've only used E6000 and found it great for all projects so I'm sticking (no pun) with it. Just have to keep it out of DH's hands as I seldom get it back.
Thanks so much for your kind words. I know what you mean about keeping it out of hubby's hands, it seems to disappear!
I really like this a lot doodys. I lived in Louisiana for 20 years in New Orleans and a lot of my work has been influenced by it.
Late to make a comment as I am fairly new to DG and have been slowly sifting through past T2T's. Have you ever thought about opening the top of the wire teapot and setting in a small pot of violas, thyme, ivy or some personal favorite plant?
Cute things! You are very creative! Keep up the good work!
I just met a woman on one of my Monday morning trips to the thrift store who made glass totems years ago and she is so hooked on E-6000 glue too. Said she has some in her yard she made about 10 years ago and they are holding up just fine. Still planning on making some of my own soon.
Okay - dumb bunny here - what is E6000?
I had read many of the outdoor glass sculpture posts before and it seemed that clear waterproof silicone caulk was THE best. So....
How do they differ?
Which is best?
Which does everyone prefer and...why?
E-6000 is an "industrial strength" adhesive. I think everyone has their favorite. Some have complained that the E-6000 let go when it got very wet and that silicone was better in that regard, but I have not had that problem with it. It has the advantage of being clear.
This glass totem has been held together with E-6000 for several years now and I leave it out in all sorts of weather. However, I do put it under the carport during the winter.
Very lovely Cville_Gardener. You have a beautiful place for your totems and plants. I'm sticking with the E-6000 too. Since we don't get really cold weather or snow I'm sure I'll never have a problem with it. I keep saying I'm going to start putting mine together, but I never do set aside any time for it. Now, if I would stay off the computer I could use that time. ROFL
Thanks, Pegi. Who knows when you just might start putting them together. I made quite a few and then took a break ... long break, I guess, since I haven't done any in quite awhile. That glass one is tall and I'm going to do some shorter ones "one of these days". Sound familiar? :)
I saw many cute ones at our local garden show, but they weren't selling. They were made to fit on rebar that you shove in the ground and put the glass stacked on top with a bottle at the bottom to hold them on the bar. Think folks around here are afraid to have glass outside in the elements for fear of breakage in the garden? But they are lovely and I have made a few myself as tiered plates for cookies and such.
I think you're right, haighr, about people being leery of the breakage. I haven't had a problem with that either due to weather, but my climate is warmer than yours and others. The only one of mine that has broken happened when I picked it up hastily and dropped it. Duh. :(
Maybe that is one reason I keep putting off making my totems, breakage. Good an excuse as any. LOL I did make a plant stand, but it is sitting in a corner (no plant on it) collecting dust. I have saved so many pretties and will have to go some boxes to see what all I have. Still plan on making mosaic stepping stones too, "one of these day".
The ones at our local sale were made only for outside to have in the garden, would not work indoors so I think that made folks hesitant. But, the ones shown here that can be used on a table top or the like would be great for a closed patio, I have plenty of glass indoors and on the patio.
Better get busy with those projects Samigal!!!