Make It! Copper Triangle Mobile

DIY copper triangle mobile
Photo: DIY in PDX

I’m in love with this mobile. (Seriously.) Because it’s copper, it’s not only beautiful, but it can be used indoors and outdoors. Its maker, Rachel, chose to put her’s outdoors and left it unsealed so it develops a natural patina over  time. (Yes to patina!) The materials to make one are minimal and include 1/8″ copper tubing, florist wire, clear fishing line or microfilament and the very optional clear spray sealer. For the entire tutorial, visit DIY in PDX.  Continue Reading

How To: Turn Wire Sculptures into Modern, Geometric Succulent Planters

Give tabletop decor a new use and a warm-weather-appropriate makeover with this awesome DIY idea!      

Reuben at Rancho Reubidoux snagged a few wire sculptures* for cheap from One Kings Lane with the idea of turning them into something amazing. Inspiration struck when, armed with a roll of aluminum tape, he began transforming the wire shapes into functional works of art:

Aren’t they amazing?! I want to make a million of ’em. See more over on Rancho Reubidoux! Continue Reading

Incredible Macramé Food Sculptures by Ed Bing Lee

created at: 08/02/2012
I’ve long associated macramé, the process of making textiles by knotting rather than weaving or knitting, with kitschy owl-shaped wall hangings from the 1970s. (My grandma was quite fond of them, bless her heart.) So, to see the technique used to create intricate works of art is not only unexpected, but completely fascinating!     
created at: 08/02/2012
Fiber artist Ed Bing Lee has been producing stunning textile pieces using macramé techniques for the past few decades, but recently translated the medium into 3D form with his series Delectable. Continue Reading

Food Sculptures by Carl Kleiner

created at: 06/21/2012

Carl Kleiner is a commercial photographer based in Sweden whose portfolio is full of incredible imagery! Today, of course, we’re highlighting this series of food sculptures he created and photographed. It’s got just the right amount of whimsy to send you off into a new weekend!    


created at: 06/21/2012

created at: 06/21/2012

Be sure to check out the rest of his portfolio for more delicious eye candy!

Totally Mindblowing: Miniature Food Sculpture Art

created at: 05/14/2012

These insanely detailed miniature food sculptures are made by artist Shay Aaron using regular ol’ polymer clay (you know, “Sculpey”, that craft store staple). Don’t they look good enough to eat??   

created at: 05/14/2012

I honestly don’t know how he is able to achieve such intricate detail (I mean really… those tomatoes? Amazing.), but he does! Each tiny, appetizing morsel is made in 1:12 scale, designed to fit most standard dollhouses.

created at: 05/14/2012

created at: 05/14/2012

I swear these dolls eat better than I do! Continue Reading

Bicycle Vanity

Benjamin Bullins mixed media discarded bicycle turned into a bathroom vanity

Just when you thought you’d seen everything in the way of bathroom vanities come this creation from artist Benjamin Bullins. Taking his inspiration from a single object–in this case a discarded bicycle–Benjamin then begins to build his mixed media sculptures around it. He infuses his creations with objects that celebrate the culture of New Orleans, his hometown, including the mirror, also pictured above, which was constructed using a trombone case. For more information about the vanity, mirror and bathroom, visit Atticmag. Continue Reading

How To: Make DIY Urchin Starburst Sculptures for Under $5.00!

created at: 11/09/2011

Hi Curbly! I’m excited to be back again for the 3rd day in a row! OK so as the above photo suggests, Monday’s successful wall art diy has made me even more obsessed with creating complimenting pieces in the starburst/urchin genre… and a recent visit to my local $.99 store made it easy for me to just go with it! I found the most amazingly shaped crystal picks (they have a very cool graduated triangular shape at the ends that adds so much more dimension than your usual bamboo skewer!). Continue Reading

Clipped: Inspiration from around the Web

As usual, Curbly’s Clippings page is full of great inspiring images from all over the internet this week. Here’s a quick roundup in case you missed it:

This abstract acyrlilic block with scrap wood suspended inside makes a striking sculpture.

Possibly the best use of a Pantone color guide that I’ve ever seen. Ok, definitely.

I tweeted this one already, but still, I love the use of turqoise in this kitchen (and normally I hate it, even though it’s one of the few color words my daughter knows … she’s two, so don’t judge).  Continue Reading

Considering: Sculptural Vases


Some vases just might be more beautiful without flowers in them. Here’s a few examples. The Piso vase, pictured above, by Olav Slingerland when couple with 15 of its mates is extraordinary. At $109 a pop (that’s $1,744 for all) I probably wouldn’t want to risk mucking up the inside with stem swill anyway. 

Another entry–and the quintessential one at that–is the Eva Centerpiece, which is produced by Klein Reid and designed  by the ‘grande dame of organic modernism’, Eva Zeisel. Continue Reading