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CBJ's Lure 3.2018

Get a Reaction Scrap

Get a Reaction Scrap metal artist Ryan Halbur, of Iowa Creations in Independence, believes good art incites a reaction. “If it makes people stop and take a second look or laugh, that’s what I want,” he said. “People look at metal art and they don’t just see a pig, they see a propane tank or bicycle wheel. The individual pieces bring up memories. The effect goes beyond the first impression.” After welding metal stems for his mom’s glass plate flower project about eight years ago, Ryan began creating his own scrap metal sculptures. After he decided to leave the ethanol industry to focus on family, he began working more on his metal art, eventually focusing on it full time. “I’ve been dismantling stuff as long as I can remember. I never took an art class. I can’t draw or paint, but I can build anything you want out of metal,” he said. Ryan creates people, animals and abstract art out of everything from railroad spikes to bike chains. He even used a bedpan to make a scrap metal duck. His silhouettes, 3-D ducks and cattails and much more come in a wide range of sizes and prices. “I salvage pieces out of scrap yards, construction sites and metal shops and go to auctions and farms. Some of it gets dropped off at my door,” he said. “I’ve come across pieces that I didn’t even know what they were.” > Ryan Halbur creates interesting art from scrap metal in his Independence shop, including this fish. 32 LURE SPRING 2018

DIY Tips n Special drill bits are required for glass/ceramic and metal n With drilled items, rubber washers ensure water tightness and prevent cracking n Industrial glue can provide sufficient holding power for glass items n Look for items with interesting shapes at: • Metal salvage yards • Thrift stores • Flea markets • Construction sites • Metal fabrication shops Why work with Hills Bank? 100% financing available. No 1% Origination fee. Low closing costs and rates. Local processing and underwriting. Flexible Meet us: • In person • Via telephone at 1-800-445-5725 • Online at To apply online, schedule an appointment, or find helpful information on home buying visit R Member FDIC LURE SPRING 2018 33