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Salvaged Junk Turkey Art Sculpture

Do you know what time it is?!? Trash to Treasure Tuesday is here and I’m a tad bit excited. woot! It’s just a super fun time to share my passion with my blogging friends to inspire you. You’ll see their work in a bit. For today’s fun I dug into my scrap metal stash to take on a project I’ve had in my brain for over a year now. It’s time to create! This #trashure will become a salvaged junk turkey art sculpture. Hang with me…

Salvaged Metal Junk Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com

Call me crazy, but a year ago my youngest son wanted a lamp for his bunk bed. I purchased this one laying up above from a big box store. Sadly, it only lasted a couple of months (no surprise). However, the minute it didn’t work, I instantly saw potential in it. I have had this idea just waiting to come to life for that long, so you know I had fun with this.

The other bits you see are: broken steamer basket (I have several), a bent up hinge, a vintage gelatin mold found in the trash, and a couple of supports to my dad’s old wooden ladder.

JUNK CREATING TIME

First, I began by dismantling the lamp and removing unnecessary parts. I knew the lamp was bad at the switch, however, the cord was still good. Funny thing is my older son’s vintage lamp’s wire had just frayed, so I was able to replace that old cord with the cord from this one. Don’t you love it when you can save oldies, but goodies?

Then, I pulled out the steamer basket and decided to remove the rest of the pieces of it at the bottom since some were already missing. My goal was to have a flush fan-like look. And yes, I did save those pieces for later. hee hee.

Upcycled Basket Steamer for Salvaged Junk Turkey Metal Art | prodigalpieces.com

I’ll be honest that once I got started creating, I didn’t snap much pics because I was having way too much fun with it. I even didn’t know all the parts I would be using and how. I just found and created as I went. Honestly, the best was having my kids come out and see my progression. I had told them about my idea back when it first hit me and they couldn’t wait to see the outcome.

NEXT STEPS

Next, the little gelatin mold would become a noggin’ for my funky turkey. He, of course, needed some eyeballs.

Drilling Vintage Gelatin Mold for Salvaged Turkey Art | prodigalpieces.com

Doesn’t that pic make you wince a bit. eep!

Once I had my lil’ dude all assembled, I decided to paint because the shiny chrome wasn’t doing it for me. I want a bit more texture and whimsy. So, I spray painted a brown metal primer, and then whitewashed with my brush.

Are you ready for this?

THE REVEAL

Meet Thom. My sophisticated, knobby-kneed, adorable salvaged junk turkey.

Adorable Metal Art Thanksgiving Turkey Sculpture Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #artist #farmhouse #home #homedecor #thanksgiving

Funky Metal Turkey Art Sculpture Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces from Salvaged Junk | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #thanksgiving #artist #farmhouse #home #homedecor #handmade

He’s like…whassup?

Funky fun metal turkey art sculpture created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #thanksgiving #home #handmade #homedecor #farmhouse

Handmade Metal Turkey Sculpture Created from Salvaged Junk by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #art #homedecor #artist #farmhouse

Thom is not a wild turkey, however, but rather a calm, cool, collected farm fella that likes to hang out. Aren’t those knobby knees cute?! Likewise, I adore his feet made from my dad’s old ladder parts.

Knobby Knees on Salvaged Junk Turkey Art created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #handmade #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor

Well, to say I had fun is an understatement. I hope you know the feeling of letting go and getting into another realm through creating. At least, at some point you must try.

Finally, if you’d like to make Thom part of your family, you can adopt him via my online shop.

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Do pin and share my salvage junk turkey art. I’m sure there are plenty of scrap pieces around for others to create with. They just need inspired!

How cute!! This salvage junk turkey sculpture was created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces using "junk" as her medium. Head to the blog to see | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #salvaged #junk #art #artist #home #homedecor #thanksgiving #farmhouse

Up next, I am giving these vintage folding chairs a much needed update. See their new look HERE.

Vintage Folding Chairs Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Comments

  1. Cecilia from Georgia says

    Thom is adorable! Did you wire the pieces together? Very clever!

  2. susan says

    That is sooo stinkin’ cute! Love it!

  3. Tracy P. says

    Larissa,
    this is so adorable! Your creativity knows no bounds.

  4. Becky says

    Hahaha! This is hilarious! What a great little turkey! I love that curvy neck!

    • Larissa says

      hee hee! My littlest informed me the neck was too long…nah!! 😀

  5. Catherine Klose says

    That is just so adorable!!! Thinking outside the box yet again my dear!!!

    • Larissa says

      What fun this was for me. I’m so glad you enjoyed my post, Catherine. Thanks!

  6. Marie says

    Oh my word, that is the cutest little turkey EVER! Girl, you are the Repurposing Queen <3

    • Larissa says

      Junk is so fun! And so is getting a year-long idea out of my head. haha. Thanks!

    • Larissa says

      Christy, I’m so glad you don’t think I’m nuts! 😀 haha. Thanks!

  7. Patty Soriano says

    Larissa, the pictures and links at the bottom are not matching up. I clicked #3 and get the yellow table instead.
    So, I clicked No. 4 and got the basket story. Not that it matters….I’ll look at them all….but you might want to change. Turkey is CUTE! How on earth did you come up with that???

    • Larissa says

      That’s what I’m all about…I mean…Thom’s all about. hee hee. Thank you, Denise.

  8. Lynn says

    That is so cute!! Looks somewhat like Jar Jar Binks!

  9. Carol says

    Thom is just too cute! Love him!!

    • Larissa says

      aww…yay! I’m so excited to have his design out of my head. Thanks!

  10. Mary Loveland says

    He’s a Steampunk Turkey! You are a genius and he is adorable! Great job, you can’t help but smile when you look at him…..glad you don’t have to eat him!

    • Larissa says

      woot! I love steampunk art. Fun for me to do! He’ll be a guest at someone’s table instead of dinner. haha.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks!! I had that idea for so long and it was fun to get it done.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! Can you tell I couldn’t wait to work on it? 😉

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