What is recycled art?
It is creative artwork made from discarded materials. Artists take these materials and make something new out of it.
If you are a professional or recreational artist and use recycled materials such as steel and scrap metal, you are doing your part in the reuse cycle.
Scrap items to recycle
- Copper scrap
- Copper wire
- Aluminum truck rims
- Refrigerator parts
- Chicken wire
- Old tools
- Nuts and bolts
- Paper: cereal boxes, egg cartons
- Glass containers
- Plastic bags, trash bags
- Wood: pallets, wood offcuts
- Fabric strips and pieces
- Old suitcases
- Flower pots
- Coat hangers.
Scrap metal is one of the most reused scrap items. I do love to see all the creative items Artist s are designing from this material.
How to clean scrap metal
- Remove all unwanted pieces.
- Scrub using hot water and a steel brush. Use a toothbrush for smaller parts.
- Remove any crease. Dish detergent mixed with hot water.
- Remove any rust.
- Rinse piece.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the piece.
- Leave for an hour.
- Scrub with steel wool.
- White vinegar also works on tough spots (soak rags in vinegar and wrap around rusted areas).
- Rinse with clean water and dry.
How to let metal shine
It is as simple and easy as rubbing baby oil on the piece.
Why recycle? Recycling
- reduces the amount of waste that had to go to landfills,
- helps create jobs,
- paper and wood saves trees and forests,
- plastic means creating less new plastic,
- saves energy,
- reduces pollution,
- protect the world’s wildlife and people,
- save money,
- saves water, not just trees,
- raises environmental consciousness.
- learns children the importance to take care of nature.
- Best of all: it makes you feel good to do good and you are creative!
The Gallery supports local artists and buys beautiful artwork made from recycling materials. See the photo attached.
Have a nice day.