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March 27, 2012

The first spark scares me everytime!

And it is supposed to spark - but every time I jump - I line the welding rod up where I want, put the helmet down, touch the rod to the metal, it sparks, I jump, break the connection and have to start over repeating to myself  "Don't jump it is supposed to spark!" - SERIOUSLY EVERY SINGLE TIME!

A few years ago I found some old horseshoes and decided to weld them together in the shape of a flower and then weld the flower onto an old piece of rebar and waa laa I had some yard garb!  I love them, they have been in my landscaping for about 3 years now, I have 3 of them - then I had a friend (Hi Emily) who said she loved them and wanted some, so I made her a couple for her birthday and then another friend wanted one and another friend wanted one . . . and so on but then I had a friend who opened up a store in town and thought these would be perfect in her store - so now I actually do something that makes some money - not a windfall or anything but Chris is just pleased I am getting paid to do something!


No two horseshoes are alike so no two flowers are alike, I just kind of play around with them until I find the ones that "fit" together - sometimes it is 5, sometimes 6, sometimes they are a little cock-eyed on the rebar - it all adds to the uniqueness of them!

I learned to weld in high school ag class - Thank You Mr McGown!





Knock off your slag and WAA LAA - repurposed yard art - The Happy Horseshoe Flower is born!
Please don't judge my welds, they hold together that is what I am going for - BUT I will say every now and then I have a whole piece of slag pop off in tact-just sayin'!!!!!


Here they are at Amy's store - she has the cutest stuff - every time I take some flowers in I end up walking out with something - don't tell Chris, he thinks this is a purely profit gig not a way for me to barter our old rusty stuff for other people's old rusty stuff!


So if you are ever in Franklin I highly recommend that you stop by "Bird On A Wire" (also go "like" it on Facebook) and do a little shopping - be sure you mention my name and blog - it really won't do anything for you but I have always wanted to say that and this seemed like the perfect time!

16 comments :

  1. Those are so cool!!! I'm impressed you can weld!

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  2. Those are too cute!! I think you being able to weld is totally bad ass!!

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  3. These are great. I always wanted to learn how to weld.

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  4. Oh these are great I love them and the name of the store is my absolute favourite make me laugh every time movie.
    I am really impressed with your welding skills and craft. Love that you can get paid for something so cool and unique.Way to go. B

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  5. LOVE THOSE! Where do you find the old horse shoes? I've never tried to weld before, but you have piqued my curiosity. Very cool!

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  6. Good job! Love that you learned to weld in ag class and actually put it to use...I learned, too, but have never done it again. The flowers are CUTE!

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  7. I love them and I also want to learn to weld things! I am a little nervous though to learn...but it may be something I am going to have to work through!

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  8. I love your flowers! I have a welder in my garage that I bought last fall to make art, and I haven't used it yet. You just motivated me to get that back to the top of my to-do list!

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  9. A friend of mine made these for as a baby shower favor. Such a great idea! I have been wanting Michale to make a few flowers for me.

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  10. like your flowers and I like the new shop They have some neat things

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