SMIDGENS CREATES ONE OF A KIND ART PIECES FROM LASER CUT SCRAPS
By: Rita Villa
We always have scraps of wood, metal and acrylic lying around. Not just a few, but boxes and boxes of them. We recycle everything we can and give away as much as possible, but every time we turn around there are tiny scraps building up into big piles. These pieces and parts fall out of the centers of things that we are laser cutting. Usually unwanted by the customer, but still not something we consider trash.
Sometimes one of us will feel the creative spark and just start gluing things together. We take a board, a bottle of Elmer’s, a handful of scraps, and just begin arranging and gluing things together. It’s a mindless task and you can easily lose yourself in it. Sure our glued together laser cut scraps aren’t going to make it into the Metropolitan Museum of Art but they sure are fun to look at and really fun to make. After all the pieces are dry we paint the whole thing and add a hook for hanging.
Along with our laser cut scraps, we used old paint brushes, wire, screws, and anything we could find. On one of these pictured someone even used a stale pretzel. Old buttons, keys, and broken jewelry also work great. So next time you’ve got a handful of miscellaneous stuff you don’t know what to do with… don’t throw it away. Grab yourself a piece of plywood, a bottle of Elmer’s and a quiet spot. Before you know it you’ll be completely engaged in the process of gluing and arranging.