Monday, February 21, 2011

Faux Metal Wall Art

Suzy Myers of Suzy's Artsy Crafty Sitcom is quite a character and a very creative one at that. You might remember her pretty paisley letter. While catching up on Suzy's blog recently, I couldn't believe my eyes! Perhaps you've already seen this picture, judging by the multitude of comments on her post, but if not, take a look... a good look...


Lovely, right? Store bought wrought iron wall decor with that popular southwestern vibe...

Not so fast.

Suzy used paper towel tubes and toilet paper rolls to create those amazingly realistic framed pieces!


To begin, she looked online for images of iron scroll work, and then created frames with strips of balsa wood. Suzy mimicked the iron curves by curling cross sections of tp rolls around a paint brush handle.


Each of the four pieces has a different design. Metal-look spray paint gives them the convincing patina of wrought iron. Here's the full tutorial.


Suzy has convinced me... I'm just going to have to start adding cardboard tubes to my craft stash!


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35 comments:

  1. Thanks Ann for sharing suzys wall art.
    few days back i made tissue holders with hessian and quilled flowers .but this is gorgeous .

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  2. never would have figured what these were made of .. amazing work .. and thanks Ann for sharing .. :)

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  3. Очень оригинально!

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  4. Hi Ann!

    Thanks so much for the feature and the kind words! I am very honored to have my project included on your site!

    suzy

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  5. Wow really gorgeouse,what an idea, never would of thought of paper rolls, fantastic job!
    Paula

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  6. Suzy makes beautiful things. I agree with Mannayah. Looks like a real iron.
    Suzana

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  7. These are AMAZING! I am in awe. Thanks so much for featuring Suzy's work.

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  8. Hi! Your job is amazing!!!! You have a new fan from Greece!!

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  9. I love how Suzy repurposed to make such a beautiful piece of art.

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  10. These are awesome! They really look like the real deal!

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  11. Whoa! Those are amazing. Who knew a tp roll could have so many uses. :)

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  12. this woman is obviously a genius. that is amazing. i feel like she needs some sort of award for awesomeness.
    i knew i'd been saving those TP rolls for SOMETHING!

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  13. I saw this not too long ago and fell in love with it. Pure genius. It made me want to start saving toilet paper rolls.

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  14. Thanks so much for finding and sharing such creative crafters and their work Ann. I spent such a pleasurable time visiting Suzy's blog. Her faux stained glass tutorial
    is too good.

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  15. These look amazing! I'll definitely have to add this to my list of things to make! ...the very long list :)

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  16. Amazing what you can do with paper rolls! Definitely a good reason to stash them instead of throwing them out.

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  17. Thanks for sharing this. I love how it looks. Now I know what to do with all those tubes my teenage daughter has been saving. She, like me, is a crafty person and hates throwing anything away.She is going to love this project too.

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  18. Ann,

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful artwork.

    Wow, so glad that I have been saving t.p. and paper towel holders, also have a few gift wraps tubes stashed away.

    Teddie Seeley
    Oregon

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  19. amazing! it looks so real! good job! i love it!

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  20. Olá interessante este blog está bem posicionado.........boa:)
    Amei Continua assim !!

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  21. What a wonderful idea! I was always struck by quilling's resemblance to metalwork, especially those old gold paper filigree reliquaries made by nuns. This is a beautiful contemporary interpretation!

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  22. I have awarded you the Stylish Blogger award :) please see my current blog post; you deserve it for your wonderfully inspiring blog

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  23. Thanks for sharing Ann, I love these pieces.
    I won the giveaway and Diane has already sent the strips over. I am still pinching myself over that.

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  24. So glad you all enjoyed seeing Suzy's art as much as I did.

    Thank you, Carole!

    Jackie, I know you'll enjoy the prize. The JJ Quilling Design brand papers are truly nice. I love the way they roll and there's a great color selection.

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  25. Oh, these are gorgeous! I'm going to have to try this! (Cue annoyed look on boyfriend's face where I am saving more paper garbage!)

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  26. This is such a brilliant idea. Since I've seen this here a while ago I'm looking at toilet paper rolls with different eyes. I really want to give it a try as well.

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  27. I am quite amazed how it turned out. I can't imagine that you can create something like that out of card board papers. Great work !

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  28. It is really gorgeouse,what an idea, never would of thought of paper rolls, fantastic job!

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  29. Just in case you haven’t seen it yet, Stopping by to let you know you’ve been featured at
    http://diycraftstomake.blogspot.com/2012/03/40-fun-toilet-paper-roll-craft-projects.html

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  30. This is absolutely gorgeous! Feel free to link it up to my Toilet Paper Roll Challenge for a chance to win some goodies! http://ecoscrapbook.blogspot.com/2012/04/calling-all-crafters-link-up-your.html

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  31. I was wondering what spray paint you use. I am having a hard time finding what I need. So, if you could give me the exact name, I can hopefully make this project for xmas
    Thank you
    Wendy

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  32. Wendy, check out the link to Suzy's tutorial. She used Krylon.

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