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Christmas Wreath

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 27 December 2017 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

A short-lived creation that I first undertook last year, but gave up as the Christmas season arrived too quickly. It's a wreath made up of different-sized PVC pipes that were cut in two-inch lengths. It then required me to lay out these PVC pieces around the circular base of a candle. Then using that base as a guide to create a circular form representing a wreath.

After getting the form I liked, the PVC pieces were hot-glued together.

Then I spray painted the wreath, but the paint (despite being made for PVC pipes) kept running and smearing, not leaving an even coat. The wreath also came apart, which boggled my mind.

After that happened, I tried to assemble another wreath with new pieces. But I decided against spray painting and kept it white after using acetone to get the ink print wiped off the PVC pipe pieces. After hot gluing the pieces again in a wreath shape, I then let it set overnight before reinforcing it with additional glue, given what happened the first time a week earlier.

After hanging the wreath, I filled the holes with ornaments and quickly took some photos.

Unfortunately, about 7 hours later, at about 2:00 AM, the wreath came crashing down off the wall, scaring me awake from a deep sleep. :-(

Thankfully, I photographed this before its demise.

Photo captured December 12, 2017.

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Ginnie from Netherlands

I hope you stick with this project for another year, Steven, because I think it's brilliant, especially if you thought it up yourself. There has to be a way to make it work the way you want. I love it!

27 Dec 2017 6:23am

Martine from Brest, France

Très originale comme décoration.

27 Dec 2017 6:23am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique création , bravo. )

27 Dec 2017 6:34am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Seeing and reading this makes me feel better about my own failures . . but I can see it was fine up this point !

27 Dec 2017 7:35am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful frame, colors & graphics!

27 Dec 2017 7:37am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Excellent art work !

27 Dec 2017 9:18am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Très original ta guirlande !

27 Dec 2017 10:11am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


27 Dec 2017 11:10am

London Caller from United Kingdom

Try garden wire next time. ;)
You can tie them all up by drilling holes between the pipes.

27 Dec 2017 11:31am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Although it was an ephemeral work, the result was beautiful while it lasted.

27 Dec 2017 12:17pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

What a lot of work to end in such disappointment! It really is lovely.

27 Dec 2017 1:48pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A very creative wreath. I hope you continue to roung out the open spots. Nice one.

27 Dec 2017 4:16pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a nice concept and well executed apart from its short lifespan :) There ought to be a specific glue that plumbers use for these pipes that is durable I would have thought . In any case the idea lives on in 2D if not 3

27 Dec 2017 4:39pm

Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful composition Steven

27 Dec 2017 5:28pm

willy from Belgium

une décoration originale Steven...

mais il faut probablement une autre colle...


27 Dec 2017 5:30pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle forme et couleur quelles belles décorations sueprbe.
Belle soirée

27 Dec 2017 6:08pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A wonderful creation nevertheless, and thankfully we have cameras to preserve moments. Nicely conceived, Steven !

27 Dec 2017 6:39pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

So nice creation!!! Merry Christmas!!!

27 Dec 2017 7:46pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

:-) quite a story for this superb creation ....!

27 Dec 2017 8:27pm

Marité from France

Une très belle création !
Bonne journée

27 Dec 2017 8:49pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Oh this is so sad! That is a really beautiful wreath and so creative. I really like it. I hope that you will try to glue it together again. Maybe try some kind of epoxy?

27 Dec 2017 9:49pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I think this is a great idea. The result is beautiful even if short lived. Better luck next year. ;-)

27 Dec 2017 11:05pm

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

This is gorgeous ;-)

28 Dec 2017 12:33am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I love it.

28 Dec 2017 1:08am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

:-) I'm so glad you captured this image before it jumped! It's a brilliant idea - I hope your next go at it will hold!

28 Dec 2017 3:21am

Blikvanger from België, Belgium

Nice result! Very honest of you to write down your failure :)
The idea is great and you must try again next year.

28 Dec 2017 9:12am

Devi from Chennai, India

Looks fantastic Steven !! Worth all the trouble !!
Thank God you took pictures !!Lovely image !!! may be next time it will turn out okay!!

28 Dec 2017 11:11am

omar from Kunduz, Afghanistan

nice work by photographer and whom arranged it! (-;

28 Dec 2017 6:10pm

Remus from Portugal

So much work and finished everything on the floor, but the artistic creation was beautiful.
Maybe you did not let the glue dry in a consistent way.

29 Dec 2017 4:31pm

Nicole Allombert from 13580 - LA FARE LES OLIVIERS, France

such a long adventure for a short life masterpiece; Fortunately you took the picture before the crash!

13 Jan 2018 3:55pm

Nicole Allombert from 13580 - LA FARE LES OLIVIERS, France

really pretty in spite of its very short life !

13 Jan 2018 3:56pm