Recycled creative artwork, example scrap metal, benefits

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
  • Radiators
  • Refrigerator parts
  • Lead
  • Wire
  • Gears
  • 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
  • Leather
  • Yarn
  • 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.

Mandie

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