July 14, 2011

Giant Wooden Recycled Elements and Picture Frame Molding Butterfly Art, Green Art, Repurposed and Upcycled

green butterfly art repurposed recycled mixed media
Hi friends, I've moved to my new website Lucydesignsart.com where
I'm focusing exclusively on mosaic art. This blog is an archive of my past projects.

I created this giant butterfly using picture frame molding and other recycled elements.

mixed media butterfly assemblage
I started with lots of picture frame molding pieces and a beautiful carved post.

I had acquired quite a bit of this molding and have used it to make 
and have used it on furniture makeovers .

huge butterfly art
I cut wing shapes out of wood and started applying the molding using wood glue and screws

giant butterfly assemblage art
I used spray paint in rust, brown and black for the base coat. Spray paint was
easier to get into all the nooks and crannies.

 butterfly art
After the spray paint dried, I used various acrylic metallic paints to dry brush over 
the butterfly to bring out all the different textures.

spindles keys and hinges on recycled butterfly art
I incorporated lots of recycled bits including keys, washers, nuts, and random 
metal fasteners.

hinges and keys on butterfly art
Gate hinges, keys, washers and unknown metal doo-dads...

scroll work butterfly antenna
I used a wrought iron metal scroll for the antenna...

butterfly mixed media art
Two vintage metal casters became the eyes.

old keys on butterfly art
More keys....

giant butterfly art with decorative molding
I love the body on him.

wooden finial on butterfly
I added a finial at the bottom to finish it off

metal strapping on butterfly
I added copper plumbing strap around the edges.

I love using both the copper and regular metal strapping for 
different projects.

I've used it on the front of a retail counter of a bakery we used to own
as well as another Huge vintage look butterfly and on the 
wings of my table leg dragonflies. It's a lot of fun to work with.

recycled repurposed oversized butterfly art
I hung him on my fence just to photograph but it is not intended for
outdoor use.

giant recycled butterfly art
It's big!...about 4 feet across and it weighs about 30 pounds.
Thanks so much for checking out my recycled butterfly

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  1. WOW Lucy, this is AMAZING!!

    I would have NEVER thought to make a beautiful butterfly with old molding, you are beyond creative, and I LOVE it.

    The addition of the keys, and other "junk" just makes it even more amazing, and the finish is AWESOME.

    Featuring this on my facebook, pinning it, and you know I would love you to link this up girl.

    Hugs, Bella
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  2. this is one of the most original ideas I've seen on a blog, really unusual, love it!

  3. OMG - OMG - OMG! This is breathtaking! The best so far. What a piece of art - and the doo dads added are a spectacular addition. Seriously. I cannot find table legs to save my life! I don't know what Swedish gravesite they all end up at - but it isn't anywhere I've discovered so far. I'm chomping at the bit to show you the highest level of flattery by copying...just can't get the bits together!

  4. Lucy-just wanted to give you the heads up that I'm blogging about my copy cat dragonflies tomorrow and gave you a shout out! Claire

  5. This is the best one you have done!! Love it!!

  6. twice in one week!


  7. Very clever idea. I found your site through Gail's newletter.

  8. I love this! I added it to my Pinterest page - http://pinterest.com/ms_tru/things-i-d-like-to-make-or-just-find-interesting/

  9. Ok Lucy its official I really want to come play at your house,, lol. This is beautiful. I love all the little molding pieces, and the extras like the keys and I absolutely love the eyes. I never would've thought of that. Just curious how much will this beauty be selling for at your booth space,, if ya dont mind me asking??

  10. It is really cool and stunning! :)

  11. Dropped in from Addicted to Decor.....

    What a great, creative idea! You're a real artist. Love it!

  12. That butterfly is gorgeous. I can't believe I missed it. I'm catching up on blogs.

  13. WAY fabulous! I'm really loving your new creations! You are on a roll!

    Shared this on FJI Facebook for SNS 90. :)



  14. Lucy, what an outstanding piece of art. You are amazing. Your Dad was overwhelmed at how creative you are. Also loved the ironing board. A great idea. Love you, Mom

  15. thank you all for your sweet comments! I really appreciate it

  16. This is gorgeous! Just found your blog....can't wait to explore!

  17. Ok...I know I said this last time...but this butterfly is the BEST you've done! It is so gorgeous! It belongs in the house. And I LOVE how you made the eyes on this one. You're one creative gal!!

  18. Holy cow, this has to be one of the most original things I've seen in a VERY long time!!! Simply amazing! I love all of the items you used, and how it all melds together to create such a beautiful pattern. Fantastic!

  19. How cool is that... love it and with the keys and hinges what a great job..

  20. that is flipping amazing! stopping over from a2d b/c this was just so impressive and gorgeous! and how sweet is your mom's comment, btw.

  21. Wow! Jaw dropping awesome work of art. Fantastic combination of various materials. This is such a creative piece, I love it. Kudos to you.

  22. Wonderful art! I love art created from something that might be thrown away. The best kind of recycle! You have a special talent. Shirley sent me a message about this being on About.com. Congratulations!

  23. Love it Lucy! oh my gorgeous!
    do you by chance know a lady named Sharon S ??
    This so totally reminds me of the stuff she does! I'm so envious!

    ps congrats on the pinterest thing!

  24. This is an amazing piece of art! Love it.

  25. This is fabulous! Love the whole concept! I am a new follower! Come visit!

  26. this is Craaaazy! Crazy-good! I so love it and I'm so impressed!

  27. Great artwork. What's interesting about this craft is that it is made from recycled materials.

  28. Holy Moly that thing is crazy cool. Seriously? You made that? Awesome sauce.

  29. You are one amazing talented lady I am a new follower now!

  30. This is quite stunning as well. Excellent work with the crafting of this product. I am now quite fond of it.

  31. Wow nice wooden art work done.Great job.
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  32. What a wonderful way to start my visual day! Delightful and beautiful. Thanks for the ogle!


I've moved to Lucydesignsart.com to focus on my mosaic art. I'm no longer creating dragonflies or mermaids.

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