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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Kristin Neufeld's Bottle Trees

One of the best parts about teaching at the stained glass studio where I work is being around so many amazing and creative people.  In my last class was Kristin, who had taken a pevious class with me and had come with a plan and design for her own creation.  As we got to chatting, she mentioned her bottle trees, I asked to see a picture and very much enjoyed her take on the bottle tree.  Kristin sent me some pictures of the process and gave me permission to share them with you.

"Here are some photos of the two bottle trees we created for our front and back yard. Front one was 2012 and still no problems with it. 12 blue bottles, was really the trial one to test how to use rebar and how to shape it etc. Having a creative welder friend was the go ahead for this dream of mine and a hubby willing to do what his wife tells him to do."

Here is Kristin's husband, Brian, who works in the same school district as I do, (small world) following his wife's instructions.

To create this smaller "trial" tree.

You can see Kristin's reflection in the window.  She's taking this picture of the second, larger tree  which began with rebar set into concrete.
Second one was in May 2015, 12 rebar poles –6 were 10 ft long  and 6 were 12 ft long plus 60 pieces of 12” long bars and 30 of 24” bars that Brian really cranked on to bend and shape for the added on branches.

"Credit goes to me and my crazy creative ideas and Brian Neufeld for all his help and Ed Jaeger for his master welder skills and help."

Isn't it lovely?  I think that it would be great even without the bottles but they add fun color and sparkle.

Thanks, Kristin, for sharing your delightful creation!  

19 comments:

  1. What a fun project! I just talked with a couple of friends two nights ago about taking a welding class together. Oh, the possibilities...! :)

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    1. A friend and I have been talking about learning to weld for a long time but have just never gotten around to taking a class. This is inspiring!

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  2. That is fabulous! I had no idea there was such a cool bottle tree artist working in this area. I wonder what she would charge for that smaller version. I love the free-form shape of it.

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    1. The shape really grabbed me too! I'll pass this on and see if she'd consider doing this for someone else.

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  3. Okay now I am obsessed with the idea of a giant rebar tree!!! Of course my version would be bottle-less but with passionflower growing on it.

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    1. Wouldn't it be cool? This would be a much less labor intensive replacement for my topiary tree.

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  4. I've wanted a bottle tree for the longest time. Your post has re-inflamed my obsession. AARGHHHH.

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  5. I always wonder where all the varied colored bottles come from. I seem to have a colorless drinking habit.

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    1. Kristin haunts estate sales, auctions, etc. to find her special bottles.

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    2. Kristin haunts estate sales, auctions, etc. to find her special bottles.

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  6. Pretty nifty collection of bottles on that imaginative tree.

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  7. Like Kris I too wonder where all of the colorful bottles come from.
    And it must be nice to have a welder friend.

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    1. It might be time to learn to weld. Kristin has collected colored bottles for years and decided that bottle trees would be a great way to display them.

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    2. It might be time to learn to weld. Kristin has collected colored bottles for years and decided that bottle trees would be a great way to display them.

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  8. So creative! I really like that last one. :)

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  9. I impressed by your creativity! It could be wonderful Christmas tree. Orange glasses fit you great.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your thoughts.