Creative Reuse 2008: Canvas Keys as Mini Sculpture

Creative Reuse 2008: Canvas Keys as Mini Sculpture

Amber Byfield
Oct 21, 2008

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Check out this uber-modern mini sculpture from reader Brisa in Nashville, TN. With a few extra art supplies and some creative inspiration, a new piece of art was born. Jump below for the instructions.

Object(s): "Keys" for the stretchers (small wooden trapezoid-shaped chips, which are used to make the stretched canvas more snug in the corners).

Project: Decorative spiky Ball

Instructions: These are fairly easy to make. You just need any size foam ball depending on how big you want it to be, strong tacky glue or a hot glue gun, and any leftover keys you might have laying around. If you don't have some on hand, they can be purchased at any art supply store and are very inexpensive. Once you have your supplies and have figured out what size ball you want, just start gluing the keys on as little or as much as you want. They can be painted but I prefer the natural wood look.

Inspiration: I had a huge bag full of keys left over from all the artist canvas I've purchased throughout the years. I didn't want to throw them out so I started thinking of what i could do with them. A foam ball and glue gun later, I had this decorative spiky ninja looking thing. My inspiration? Too much Ninja Gaiden and lots of boredom!

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