i love how things just work out...that above 'blue wheel' i got awhile back at the scrap yard. just last week i was out walking and saw this teeny tiny 'ceramic like conductor' thing and thought nah...and then i thought oh just grab it and when i got home i realized it was a perfect fit for the center of the blue flower. it matches that white/rust perfectly! nellie had sent me a little box of scrap goodies and you can see above, the back of the blue wheel flower a weird 'cup' like thing that works perfectly to bulk up an otherwise 'flat' flower. thank you nellie!
the reflector flowers (i will post a new white/black one on etsy later today i hope) are really cool for exhibiting outside. if light catches them they do have a bit of a glow about them. i will admit they are fairly simple, for now i appreciate the wabi sabi of them and find the backsides just as brilliant as the front. there is still cement and rocks encrusted on some of them and i try to find nice nuts/bolts or whatever to attach to the rebar and flower. so far the fronts don't seem to need anything else as the reflectors have plenty of personality.
i've started painting the stems with the rust converter to help protect it against the elements. from what i hear you would probably want to reapply that every few years if you don't want rust to start coming back (and you live in a wet area). rebar is everywhere out there, look for it next time you are walking around any construction area or even in gutters along the road. rebar is thick and doesn't rust to dust...but it will rust again over time and whether you like that look is up to you. i've warmed up to the darker look of the rust converter...i still like how the unpainted rebar has this cool white, silver, brown look so i'm keeping that look for indoor flowers. the challenge for me is finding more colorful baubles and working when its cold and rainy outside. hope to have more flowers soon, god knows i have plenty of vases :)