Part 2: Starburst Tube Sculpture "not reals"

So yesterday I made a tubular brass sculpture using real brass.  It's not for the faint of heart... you need a soldering iron which can run you between 20-30 bucks, as well as a few other supplies.  Not to mention the soldering part is hard and gets freaking hot hot hot!  Its great if you want the "real deal" on a budget or want to make a light fixture of something that needs to be very durable.

Today I made the same sculpture using drinking straws, some super glue and gold spray paint.
Quick, painless and cheap.  

Here is a look at Round 2.
I have yesterday's real brass sculpture on the left and the new drinking straw version on the right...
 Not bad, I just wish I had a brighter gold spray paint.  The one I had kicking around is a bit on teh brown side. 
 So here is how I did this one.  
Gather supplies.
-A dozen paper drinking straws.  Smoother thicker plastic ones would be the best, but I was using what I had.  I found a link for rigid plastic tubing you can buy by the foot in several different diameters here.  Much cheaper than buying rigid drinking straws suprisingly!
-Super glue/ glue of your choice.
 Start by gluing (2) groups of 3 straws together to create "A" shapes...
 Once dry (about 3 minutes- patience is needed or else your fingers are gonna stick together) glue the 2 "A" shapes together forming a teepee.  Add straws one by one to complete your sculpture.
It feels a bit like Pick-Up sticks...
 I actually really liked it striped.  I thought it would make great centerpiece or table toppers, even hanging decorations for parties...
 Here it is in front of my new painting from Jenny...
 and here it is after one coat of gold spray paint...

and an up close...
you can see the paper straw lines, but if its going up on a shelf it would be fine.
This is why smooth thick plastic tubing is the ticket if you are painting it.
and one more side by side.
Super easy and super cheap.
Thats all for now folks!
Later.

10 comments:

Erica said...

And this is why you win the award for very most awesome! Seriously. See ya- going to glue together some paper straws....

All Things Big and Small said...

Amazing! You always have the best ideas!

homefornowblog said...

Really creative! And a super easy way to get one of those expensive looking sculptures!

Tobe | BIA said...

totally copying this.

Anita said...

Love this!!

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

crazy creative!

Vel Criste said...

This is really neat, have to try this, thanks for sharing!

Lianna@theresnoplacelikehomemke.com said...

wow! I would have never thought of that - what a great (cheap) idea!

Chantal (luxxury livving} said...

Wow, these look great, nice idea and affordable to make.

Decor I Adore said...

love it!!! I would love to try this! :)

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