This tutorial instructs one to make a knock-off, far cheaper version of the Curtis Jere Raindrops wall hanging. The real deal was sold in the 70s, and it is now going for no less than $5,500 for the chrome version. My interpretation cost me $6.50 in spray paint; everything else I had on hand. Actually, the spray paint I had on hand as well, but then I ran out and needed to buy more.
|Materials: wood bits, milk containers, wood|
glue, wire, wire cutters, spray paint, glue gun,
circle cookie cutters
|You may also need burn salve|
|A close up of the frame in progress|
1) To build the frame, I randomly glued wood bits together. The Curtis Jere seems to have a frame in a more minimal shape, but I needed to have cross braces for attaching the wire. So, my frame is a large rectangle with random crosses where my wood scraps fit across, glued with wood glue. Then I cut many wire pieces and twisted them onto the points where the wood crossed eachother. I spray painted everything white.
clay cutters in 2 different sizes. I gathered up many, many transluscent milk, water and juice containers over the course of a year, but you could collect more than enough containers on one long walk on recycling day. I heated up the cutters with tongs over a gas flame, and immediately pushed the hot cutter into the plastic.
3) Finally, I hot glued the circles to the wires on the frame. That's it. I cleaned up the glue bits and strings, attached a string, and voila! I created a very cool replica of an even cooler sculpture. It was suprisingly easy and turned out well. Now that I'm finished, I wonder if I could have used tin can tops instead of milk bottle circles. Next time!!
|I installed the art over the couch. I think it|
is too small. What do you think?