5/25/10

pipes and tubes, you get to choose



in my despair over not being able to find free found scrap of any significance here in huntsville, i finally went to the local scrap/recycle center a few weeks ago and took a quick look around.  its a small place, one clump of stuff piled yay tall, a few bins filled and thats about it.  there is another scrap yard on the outer edges of town but it's lacking big time by paula standards.   

so imagine my delight when i saw one longish square tube/pipe of steel that was bright yellow pencil colored.  so cool, and square!  i'd never seen these types of pipes even though i now know they are used in structural building, it's not anything i've come across before.  i also found three larger rectangle tubes that are super thick and have what appear to be plasma cut slits in them as well as some other pipes of various and sundry types.  tod and i walked back home with aching arms and i went straight to work. 


i've made these into waterproof vases. you can use them in or out of doors as i've used rustproof enamel paint on the interior.  these are sold in sets of three, the first set just sold so theres just two more left.    if yellow isn't your thing, don't forget i've got some contemporary aluminum vases for sale as well.  these are interior containers for pencils/paint brushes/dried flowers or anything you might deem container worthy.  they are lightweight, incredibly affordable and they won't scratch your furniture.  Eight out of eleven are left and available here.


i love these things.  i love making containers/vases out of materials that no longer serve their original purpose.  not sure why i like pipes so much, you could get all Freudian if you wanted as i seem to remember having vivid fantasies about somehow morphing into the drain pipe of our bathtub and escaping into some unknown world.  i remember playing in parks when i was a kid, they had these large concrete 'pipes' or tunnels with various little exits and entryways.  i would spend hours in them. i loved laying in there and hanging out. while i can't crawl into these small objects,  there is something delicious about holding them in your hand.  grabbing them.  hefting them around.  finding things to put in there and lining them up like an army to safeguard your vertical possessions.  off i go, time to cut the next pipe.  this one is green!

7 comments:

Cynthia said...

These are fab! They'll sell fast. Love the color! Smart to put them in sets of three!

deb said...

Paula, I too have fond memories of playing in big concrete pipes, I was thinking about just that when I saw your vases... weird!! Now I'm going to have to scrounge together some money to buy some...

paula said...

thanks cynthia!
deb, wonder if its a birth canal thing. living/dying....surrounded in round. now i want a round house....no corners to clean, rolling around the walls.
too weird you were thinking about that too. glad you like them too.

ArtPropelled said...

Love the squarish pipe vases, Paula!
I too have memories of playing in rainwater drainage pipes as a kid ....much to my mothers horror and many warnings of flash floods.

merci33 said...

I'm simply enjoying the prompt to consider pipes in all of their manifestations. I was a railroad track playin' girl...and as with Robyn, MUCH to my mother's horror... and panic.

These are ultra cool Paula...and yeah that pencil yellow color is a delight.

sarala said...

I like the peeling paint yellow.
Going down the drain pipe reminds of of Stuart Little one of my favorite childhood books. As I recall he got washed down the drain by mistake (he was a mouse).

paula said...

seems i'm not alone then in my childhood fun :)
haha stuart little..i think i saw one of those once with an ex boyfriend and his three daughters. amazing what one does for the sake of the children....