Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Repurpose Steel Drum Rings into Garden Orbs

amazing repurposed metal rings into garden orbs restoration hardware style


Months ago I was visiting one of my favorite picking places, the metal scrap yard.  They had a whole bin full of metal rings from steel drums.



I grabbed four of the rings with an idea in mind.  At the metal scrap yard, you pay by the pound.   Like $.25 a pound!  I purchased a couple of other small items that same day and I paid about $3 for everything.  

Once I got them home, I didn't have to do a thing to them except assemble them into my vision, a metal garden orb.


Begin by inserting one ring into another ring. You want them to be snug.


Take a third ring and squeeze around the first two.  Once it's on, you can position the rings so that they are symmetric.  


Now, if there's anything hard to this project, it's this step.  Take the four ring and squeeze it down around the sides of the three.  This one will be horizontal to the three vertical ones.  

The rings come with a clasp that's adjustable by a bolt, similar to an embroidery hoop.  You may want to enlarge this ring slightly to be able to maneuver it into place.  Tighten it once you have it in position.  

That's it!!

repurposing steel drum rings into amazing garden orb

repurposing steel drum rings into amazing garden orb

repurposing steel drum rings into amazing garden orb

If you haven't visited a metal scrap yard, you're in for a treat.  Most are used to "artists" that are looking for pieces for projects so don't be afraid to go look around.  You never know what goodies you'll find!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Angie

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10 comments:

  1. WoW Angie! This garden orb is fabulous! We love that your rings came from the scrap yard - you created something beautiful from them for practically nothing! Your new orb looks beautiful under the tree - well done!

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  2. Angie you are seriously so creative! I love love love the way you think lady. Super awesome! Hugs, CoCo

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  3. Love it! Great idea! I remember you sharing that scrap tip. I need to check around my area. Love your creativity and love my Tennessee friend! xoxoxo

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  4. I wish I lived near your scrapyard....you need to make more and sell

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  5. AH-MAZING!!! Love it, Angie!!!
    So sharing this fantastic idea.

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  6. Angie, that is so cool and looks fabulous in your garden. So creative. xo Lisa

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  7. Thanks ladies!!! You all are so sweet!

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  8. I rarely see artworks like that nowadays, and I really love how you made this particular piece. Also, it’s great that you made this only from scrap metal parts. Not only were you able to make something worthwhile, you also help lessen the scrap that just end up being dumped somewhere. Thanks for sharing!


    Rosemary Bailey @ Wabi Iron & Steel Corp.

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    1. Thanks Rosemary! I love repurposing cast offs which saves them from the ever-growing landfill. I have a knack (or sickness, lol!) for seeing value in all things. :)

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