In 2004, the Orlando Museum of Art sponsored a Dale Chihuly exhibit that captivated my imagination. I am a glass artist as well as an art instructor so I racked my brain for ways students could create work in keeping with the exhibit that so enthralled me. Glass is too dangerous to bring to the classroom, but I recalled my father, who is a sculptor, showing me how he uses plastic from soda bottles to make armatures for some of his work. I scurried to my classroom with a hair drier and some acrylic paint and after visiting the Chihuly exhibit, my students and I created our first project, a Chihuly-style ceiling, with colorful plastic forms resting on a suspended piece of acrylic sheeting. Since then I have made towers, chandeliers, wreaths, Christmas trees, public installations, and most recently the fascinator in this silly photograph.

Transforming trash into something cherished is inherently hopeful and I never cease to be amazed how the process touches people. Below are a few articles I have written and photos of some things I made and haven't written about yet. Hope you have fun adding your touch. (Hoping to add youtube tutorials soon.)


The latest project, a walking cane!


Alcohol ink egg tutorial... Vincent is always on my mind. 


Judy Lamantia's Grapevine wreath with spiral cut plastic bottles.

1.Trim the leaves and 'sticky outy vine things' off of the wreath.

2.Cut the bottom off of the bottles. Then cut them into spirals, cutting off the bottle top. Next, cut the spiral in half, making two shorter pieces. Point the ends.

3.Start threading the spiral through the wreath. Sometimes just once, sometimes in and out, depending on what it does and how you want it to look.

4. Go all the way around and then go back and fill in until it's all nice and poofy.  

Once your spirals are cut you can put one together in less than 30 minutes with no tools but your own little hands!

Here's the springtime version:

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Making a wreath, parts 1-3


my front door...

Tutorial to follow. Here's a hint...