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CBJ's Lure 3.2018

Pizzazz And Perso

Pizzazz And Perso Salvaged Items Become Garden Art in the Hands of Creative Crafters BY RUTH PAARMANN PHOTOS BY BRIAN DRAEGER You can make garden art out of almost anything – teacups, metal steamer baskets, gourds, silverware or even rusty farm implement parts. With a little ingenuity and skill, old objects can be transformed into useful birdfeeders, candle holders, wind chimes and just plain beautiful garden art. For the Birds Robbie Hinz, of Miss Daizey’s Garden Creations in Wheatland, began her journey into creating birdfeeders and birdhouses about four years ago. “I started saving things and made some of the glass flowers out of plates for the girls at work. Then, I made bird feeders, and they loved them. Everyone started asking for them.” Robbie’s basement is filled with glass and metal dishes, pots and pans and metal parts she found at antique stores and flea markets. She also combines new chicken feeder parts with old mason jars to create birdfeeders. > Ryan Halbur, owner of Iowa Creations, works in his Independence shop. The scrap metal artist creates garden art, such as this fish, out of everything from railroad spikes to bike chains. 30 LURE SPRING 2018

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