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doodys
Pitkin, LA

October 18, 2010
5:56 PM

Post #8163183

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.

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J2222
Southern California, CA

October 18, 2010
7:22 PM

Post #8163311

I love this totem! How did you stick things together-silicone ll or something else? Is it for your garden or inside?
keepingactive
Thousand Oaks, CA
(Zone 10a)

October 18, 2010
8:21 PM

Post #8163429

Good Job!

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.
doodys
Pitkin, LA

October 19, 2010
7:09 AM

Post #8163999

I used silicone/indoor/outdoor.This can be either an inside/porch or outside one...
Decolores
Hillsborough, NC

October 19, 2010
7:27 AM

Post #8164059

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 When I'm out junkin' I'll be looking at old outdated lamps in a new way.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!

Eufaula

Eufaula
Eatonton, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 19, 2010
10:53 AM

Post #8164392

Lo-ove it!!!! Gotta get me busy, gotta have one!!!!
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 19, 2010
11:53 AM

Post #8164471

Decolores, love that name. I just got back from a
Emmaus Walk where I saw that word lot's.
Decolores
Hillsborough, NC

October 20, 2010
7:10 AM

Post #8165891

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.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2010
5:19 PM

Post #8166814

That is a great totem!
doodys
Pitkin, LA

October 20, 2010
7:16 PM

Post #8167002

this is a better pic of it against a white background...

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glasscrazy
Prattville, AL

November 3, 2010
7:48 PM

Post #8193425

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
doodys
Pitkin, LA

November 23, 2010
2:47 PM

Post #8227461

this is something I made for outside too...

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

May 26, 2011
8:21 PM

Post #8589798

That reminds me of something I did. How did you make that

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

December 14, 2012
5:02 AM

Post #9357873

I love the teapot on the top! Did the silicone hold up as the glue to connect everything? Is it still holding outside?

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

December 15, 2012
8:59 AM

Post #9358928

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.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

December 16, 2012
6:01 AM

Post #9359639

Does anyone used industrial strength glue or do you find the E6000 works fine? I just made this breast cancer votive with E6000 and it seems to have bonded great!

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Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

December 17, 2012
6:07 AM

Post #9360469

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.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

December 17, 2012
9:39 AM

Post #9360646

Thanks so much for your kind words. I know what you mean about keeping it out of hubby's hands, it seems to disappear!

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 20, 2013
11:42 AM

Post #9391347

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?
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 14, 2013
6:50 PM

Post #9449688

Cute things! You are very creative! Keep up the good work!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

March 16, 2013
9:44 AM

Post #9451283

I especially liked the Cancer votive haighr.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

March 16, 2013
11:22 AM

Post #9451355

Nice totems, all. ♥

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

March 16, 2013
2:26 PM

Post #9451505

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.
lovetopaint
Newark, DE

March 18, 2013
8:56 AM

Post #9453454

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?

Debbie

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

March 18, 2013
9:52 AM

Post #9453523

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.

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Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

March 18, 2013
10:16 AM

Post #9453547

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

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2013
2:12 AM

Post #9454349

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? :)

haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2013
4:26 AM

Post #9454391

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.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2013
5:40 AM

Post #9454459

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. :(

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

March 19, 2013
7:04 AM

Post #9454563

Ya, bets are off for "droppage"

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

March 19, 2013
11:33 AM

Post #9454863

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".
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 20, 2013
4:53 AM

Post #9455568

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!!!

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