Welded Insects from Metal Scraps

Gathering spare pieces of metal, John Brown assembles his findings into sculptures of colorful butterflies, insects, and birds. Although the assemblages are formed from salvaged materials like nails and bicycle chains, the pieces somehow remain delicate, wings appearing just as thin as a butterfly’s own. After welding each piece together, Brown finishes the sculpture by painting the wings with oil paint, accurately copying the markings of specific species such as the Holly Blue and Red Admiral butterflies.

The Wales-based sculptor has lived in the rural west of his country for the past eight years, inspired by the fauna-rich valleys that compose the region. You can see more of his metal insects and other welded figures on his Facebook and Etsy page. (via Lustik)

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The Painstaking Craft of Globemaking

The advent of Google Earth meant the slow and steady demise of the globe. Yes, those big round things in Geography classrooms.

People often take for granted the painstaking process involved in creating globes. It’s as much an art as it is a science. Bellerby & Co. Globemakers, based in Stoke Newington, London, are one of just two studios in the world currently designing, and producing hand-made globes. Click Here to see more!