I enjoyed making my first junk angel so much I just had to make another. I even have a couple more in the works, so watch out.
If you remember, my first junk angel came about when my oldest son, Keith, gave me some strange looking metal objects for my birthday which eventually turned into angel wings.
And with my ebay find of these beautiful rusty bits and pieces, I now have enough junk to make a whole family of angels. You know what they say about one mans trash being another mans treasure…this is treasure all the way.
To get the angel wings started, drew a rough wing on paper and cut out. Traced around the wing onto some old fencing (twice). The pattern was then cut out with a jigsaw.
My wing broke on me when cutting so it’s being glued and clamped here.
As for the rest of the angel, this is the time to assemble all the bits and pieces. The hinges, halo and legs were all from my box-o-junk. The beadboard body was from a salvage yard. I had already used a few pieces of the same beadboard on my reclaimed wood bed tray. The metal around the neck and lower hem were from a piece of metal, rusting in the woods. (I have no idea what they were used for). And the door knob base plate was from my oldest sons wedding…they were part of doorknob table numbers.
The arms are just a piece of dowel sanded at the ends for shoulders and hands.
The head was cut from a piece of spindle that I had left over from the same bed tray that the beadboard was from.
Every angel needs beautiful wings, so this angel got wings made from bits and pieces of old dishes that I’ve picked up in my travels. If your pieces are too big, cover them with a rag, and break them down a bit.
hint: If you’re making an angel to remember someone, you could use a piece of their favorite china here
Screwed the hinges into the wings first before adding a generous dollop of tile adhesive. I layed it on rather thick, avoiding the hinges, so that it would squirt up between the tiles and make it so I wouldn’t have to grout.
Both wings were worked on at the same time so that the coloring would come out fairly even. If I put a pink tile on one side, I added a pink tile to the other….
Wings were allowed to dry overnight.
For the body, with a jigsaw, rounded off the top edges for shoulders. For the bottom, used my rusty woods find, to mark a line so that the bottom hem would follow the rusty thing. This too, was cut off and the edges sanded.
The body was then sanded down, revealing the blue paint underneath.
Since these were pieces of beadboard, they had to be attached. Up until this point, they have just been laying together, but not attached. A piece of a Home Depot paint stirrer was cut, glued and screwed into place to secure the body.
The legs were also screwed on at this point from the back.
Back on the front, the door knob plate was screwed on, the hinges for the wings were screwed on and the rusty metal thingys were glued in place.
Almost finished…arms were painted and nailed into place. A long screw through the top of the head holds her head in place and her halo was hot glued into place.
A heart was cut and the angel holds it with a wire inserted into her hands.
I know there are a lot of steps, but none of them are particularly hard and it’s a great way to use up those bits and pieces.
And who doesn’t need more angels in their lives? Have a wonderful week.
Ever felt an angel’s breath in the gentle breeze?
A teardrop in the falling rain?
Hear a whisper amongst the rustle of leaves?
Or been kissed by a lone snowflake?
Nature is an angel’s favorite hiding place.