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Chewing Gum Art

Updated on June 14, 2011

Making Unique Art from Gum

What do you do with your bubble gum after you're done blowing bubbles? You know you're not supposed to put that piece of gum under the desk. Welcome to the world of chewing gum art. There are several artists out there who use chewing gum as their primary medium. This lens will introduce you to Jason Kronenwald, Ben Wilson, Jamie Marraccini, and Maurizio Savini and hopefully inspire you to become one, too!

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What Is Chewing Gum Art?

It's simple, really.

Chewing gum art is really easy to understand. It's basically art from chewing gum. Or bubble gum. Any of those sticky things will do. While there are many varieties and types of chewing gum art (2D, 3D, large, or small), there are a few features that are universal.

  1. The gum (regular chewing gum or bubble gum) has been chewed.
  2. The artist works directly with the gum.
  3. It's fascinating artwork that, well, isn't very common.
  4. Not just a collection of chewed gum.
Chewing gum art typically starts with someone chewing gum. Usually, a lot of gum. You'll see that two of the artists presented here don't use any other coloring. Instead, they use the "natural" color of flavored gum. If they want to mix colors, they'll have people chew different combinations of different types of gum. (Some of these artists don't really like to chew gum, understandably.) Then the ABC (Already Been Chewed) gum is molded or shaped into a colored patch or shape for the final artwork. Artwork can be preserved with a little varnish or some other surface finisher.

Love it or Hate it? - Is it art? Are you a fan?

What do you think about chewing gum art?

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Chosen Lens of the Day January 12, 2011. Thank you!

Artist Ben Wilson

London based gum artist

Ben Wilson is a London based artist who, since 2004, has been beautifying the city by painting small drawings on sidewalk gum. It's said that at any moment, there's about "http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/556654.painting_a_gum_trail/">300,000 pieces of gum stuck to the sidewalk on Oxford Street

. People just spit them out, and once stuck, they are very difficult to remove and clean up. However, this doesn't faze Ben Wilson. He gets on his hands and knees, pulls out his acrylics, and paints a miniature scene on each of them.

Ben Wilson says, "I'm not defacing the pavement, it is more sensitive than that. I don't want to get in people's faces I'm not a graffiti artist. You get so many reactions from people, their reactions are so different, but rarely are they negative."

Found on the street...

Found on the street...
Found on the street...

Watch a Video on Ben Wilson - See Ben Wilson in action

For another great video, watch this bit by the BBC. Chewing gum artist: Painting miniature masterpieces

Artist Jason Kronenwald

Who is this chewing gum artist?

Jason Kronenwald hails from Ancaster, Ontario, Canada and graduated from King's University. He currently resides in Toronto and spends countless hours making chewing gum art. His first gum artwork was produced in 1996, and from that, he is most well known for his gum celebrity portraits series entitled "Gum Blondes." Each portrait is made of gum on plywood, which is then covered with an epoxy resin to preserve it. Portraits have sold for $1000 to $2500, though Jason keeps his day job as an interior designer.

LE Gallery states, "Each Gum Blonde is 100% chewed Bubblegum on a plywood backing. No paint or dye is used. The colour is inherent to the gum-the mixing of colour takes place inside the mouth during chewing. Kronenwald has a dedicated team of chewers and prefers the texture of Trident. However, he does not chew gum himself unless he must." Jason Kronenwald also says, "At times it can disgust me but I just focus on the colours I need and get the portrait going."

Who are his Gum Blondes? Hillary Clinton, Avril Lavigne, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Princess Diana, Madonna, Twiggy, and more!

His artwork was on display at LE Gallery in Summer 2008.

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Some Gum Blondes (haha.nu)

Some Gum Blondes (haha.nu)
Some Gum Blondes (haha.nu)

Artist Jamie Marraccini

Gum artist who encourages others

Jamie Marraccini is not an artist by training. In fact, he was an electrical engineering student, then a medical student training for pediatrics or family practice when he went big into his gum obsession. Jamie's art is characterized by bright and vivid colors, but this is by no accident. In fact, Jamie Marraccini takes a scientific approach when choosing his gum, testing new gum or letting them "age" for six months in order to see what the final color will be. He also notes that textures can be different and some hold up better than others.

In his own words, "Over the years I've jawed most of what the world has to offer, I believe gum is a smile waiting to be given away, and I've created 30 works totaling more than 35,000 pieces of gum. I've now come to the realization that the gum justifies the art. The fun is in the chewing and the art is an expression of the fun. Just remember, gum is not chewed for health or sustenance. People chew gum for pleasure. It is in that spirit that GumArt exists, and I am a spreader of gum."

Jamie Marraccini has also developed Chew-by-Numbers, a gum art kit for kids.

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Bacon (www.gumart.com)

Bacon (www.gumart.com)
Bacon (www.gumart.com)

Jamie Marraccini on Food Network - Watch this video interview of Jamie Marraccini

Porcupine Chewing Gum
Porcupine Chewing Gum

Artist Maurizio Savini

Italian chewing gum artist

Maurizio Savini is an Italian sculptor known for his fiberglass and pink gum art. Rather than making gum "paintings," he specializes in three-dimensional work that really brings out the original texture of the gum. He preserves the pink color, so he doesn't tend to mix the gum with other gums. He also doesn't use his gum all chewed up. Perhaps saves him a lot of energy there. Definitely take a look at his interesting sculptures.

Who's your favorite gum artist? What's your favorite gum?

So where's your inner gum artist? - Ready to chew?

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      RajlakshmiHB 4 years ago

      wow this is new,,, i never knew about this

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning to congratalte you on being chosen as one of the The Best Intro Photos On Squidoo monster board with this fascination!

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      MelissaInTheSky 6 years ago

      Wow! That is amazing. :) Thanks for sharing such a fun lens.

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      never heard of this so thanks for sharing it, now I want some gum...RWJR

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      LikinTrikin LM 6 years ago

      Unique idea. Great lens. Still thinking it's a bit icky

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      such an interesting lens! if not for facebook i would not have found you! cheers

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      Heidi Reina 6 years ago from USA

      Art from chewing gum! Who knew? Blessed by a Squid Angel ~ (My daughter says cool but icky)

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      mannasugar 6 years ago

      Hey, have you ever heard of Bubble Gum Alley - San Luis Obispo, Ca. There is an entire alley of bubble gum, check it out online....

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      s4mudr4 6 years ago

      I never saw this kind of art.. really, really awesome...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wow ots really awesome superb magnificent art :D

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      truthseekerr 6 years ago

      I love this gum art. I guess I have to chew hubba bubba more often.

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      EpicFarms 6 years ago

      Well I suppose I'd have to give Maurizio the prize, because of his amazing attention to detail (I went to the site). On the other hand, I'm still kind of stuck on the whole ABC/ick thing :oP Clever topic for a lens, and congratulations on LOTD!

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      Adriana 6 years ago from New Market

      WOW! I never thought I'd see this.

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      This is a medium I definitely never would have thought of using. Cool lens.

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      LOTD indeed - just goes to show us that an unusual topic well done makes for a super lens. My sculptor husband was intrigued by this one!

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      LadyEnglish 6 years ago

      Just when you think there cannot be anything new in art ...... Congratulations on LOTD

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      catbehaviors 6 years ago

      Gum art is absolutely amazing! It makes me want to try it sometime... ;) All of the artists are amazing, I love the pink ones, but then again, I love all of them! lol

      Congrats on LotD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow, who knew! Absolutely amazing, nicely done! I love that pink sculpture. Congratulations on your Lens of the Day, Kathy

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      devilsworkshopc 6 years ago

      Wow, I had never heard of this before. The gum blondes piece is amazing!

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      Wow. Who knew. Thanks

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      Kimsworld LM 6 years ago

      I am an artist myself, but I just don't think I would use ABC (already been chewed) gum as a medium. Especially if someone else chewed it....Ewwww.....

      Congrats on LotD :)

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD. Interesting topic. Featured this on Squidoo LOTD lenses.

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      soaringsis 6 years ago

      Congrats. on LOTD. Very interesting.

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      For goodness sake, how interesting was this?! Wow, and congrats on LOTD

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Never thought someone would use chewing gum to create an art piece but people's imagination and creativity have no limits. Congrats on LOTD!! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Nice lens!

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Makes my jaws ache to think about it. Amazing, creative people can do something with anything! Congratulations on the Lens of the Day!

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      Judy Goldsberry 6 years ago

      Very unique, fantastic idea! I would just worry about the hygiene.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It's very creative idea to make the chewing gum to be art. I really love it! Great and awesome lens. Congratulation on LOTD. Proud to be here :)

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      SunnyDaze LM 6 years ago

      Nice lens. Good, fun topic. They say you can make art out of anything.. Never thought about gum, but there you go. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      Hmmm, never heard of chewing gum art. Very interesting. Congratulations on LotD!!

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      freecontent 6 years ago

      Exceptional lens. I never heard of Chewing Gum Art before today. Thanks for sharing.

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      cbjones 6 years ago

      i feel bad for leaving my used gum under all those school desks growing up. I figure sculptures and paintings would be a better use for the stuff after all the flavor is gone.

      Very fun and interesting lens this is!

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      ToTheBrimm LM 6 years ago

      Chewed-gum art would be great for museums. They wouldn't have to worry about people touching the exhibits.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      i've never been much of a gum chewer, but I'm impressed by what these artists have accomplished with such simple materials.

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      lilkon 6 years ago

      Bubble gum is a favorite because you can do so much with it in your mouth. Haven't known exactly what to do with it when done chewing til now. Thanks for the tip.

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      KeenanSteel 6 years ago

      Amazing... thanks for the lens!

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      needatitleokc 6 years ago

      I have never heard of such will put on my facebook looks like a lot of work.

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      Geeve 6 years ago

      Revoltingly brilliant :) and congratulations on LOTD. I have to say that LOTD topics rarely catch my eye but I just had to click this. Delighted to lensroll it.

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      reflectionhaiku 6 years ago

      Now I won't ban my kids from chewing gums - maybe they are artists. Thumbs up

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      AdriennePetersen 6 years ago

      This lens is really amazing! Congrats on LOTD, well deserved!

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      StriveDigital 6 years ago

      Love this lens...amazing art! Mr. Savini is my favorite although I love the idea of painting on found gum as well.

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      kathys55 6 years ago

      Great lens. Creative! Congrats!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Who would have thought you could use gum to create art? Great lens.

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      dfishbac 6 years ago

      Really amazing. Nice art that I was surprised to see was created with gum.

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      costinget 6 years ago

      Incredible! Look good! Thank for sharing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      P.S. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have never before heard of chewing gum art, and I would really, really hesitate to be fingering so much stuff from other people's mouths. However, I AM amazed at the energy and creativity behind this form of art. These people, especially Artist Maurizio Savini, really impressed me. Thanks for sharing this; you have expanded my knowledge of the world. :-)

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      neuronsoftsols 6 years ago

      fantastic lens. thank you.

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      slackira 6 years ago

      Never heard of chewing gum art before. Creative concept though. Good work.

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      Carol Simeone 6 years ago

      Great lens congrats!!

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      glenanail 6 years ago

      this is really cool. i am gonna give it a try

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Well, I guess it doesn't matter if your chewing gum loses it's flavor on the bed post overnight if it's an art medium! Congratulations on a fun LOTD!

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      gordon-bruce-art 6 years ago

      I don't like chewing gum but this makes it look really good. An interesting idea. Congrats

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      Positivevibestechnician 6 years ago

      This is one of my favorite lenses keep up the good work.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think you did a great lens and congrats of having this lens of the day.

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      VideoGameFanatic 6 years ago

      Who would have thought? Chewing gum art! Congrats on wininng the Lens of the Day title!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I had visited this lens in the past but just stopped by to say congratulations on LOTD. A very fitting tribute to a very unique lens. Best wishes.

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      I thought my chewing gum art was odd! Although I do not sculpt my raw chewed gum, I do have a 37 foot long gum chain made from chewing gum wrappers. LOVE this page! Great creative art here.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Totally original, Bubble Gum Art! Congrats on LOTD!

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      carny 6 years ago

      How interesting, I had no idea someone made art using bubble gum.

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      Jennie Hennesay 6 years ago from Lubbock TX

      Amazing! That's a lot of gum I don't have to worry about stepping in. :)

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      davecoopland 6 years ago

      Some amazing pieces, it is way better than finding it stuck to the bottom of your shoe, haha

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Well, I'll be...had no idea that there was such a thing as Chewing Gum Art. Jason's work is incredible. Congrats on the LOTD!

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      seledit 6 years ago

      Fascinating idea.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Really amazing. I found the concept and reality of gum art quite fascinating. Kudos on LOTD!

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      Cool topic! congrats on LotD!

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      LauraMarie LM 6 years ago

      Well done on LOTD. Unique lens idea, never heard of this before.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Congratulations on LOTD. I knew about the gum wall at Seattle's Pike Place Market, but I had no idea there were so many other gum artworks.

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      modz 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      WILD!! LOVE THIS LENS THOUGH!! chew, chew, chew....might as well do domething with my gum besides leave it on my gum stone!

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      danny79 6 years ago

      Woooooooow, you deserve the lens of the day, that is an amazing article, never heard about this art, but all i can say is wow!

      Thanks for enlightening me

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      I001l01I02l 6 years ago

      it's cool and creative and doesn't waste gum; but if people end up chewing gum just because of this it's a waste

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      Steve-SEO-UK 6 years ago

      I was quite taken back by this. Something totally different which is very fascinating and clever. Thanks for sharing this great information.

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      Saffire7 6 years ago

      great lens! congrats on making LOTD ;)

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      ladykida 6 years ago

      Nice....

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      EcoWarriorJeweller 6 years ago

      Its amazing , I'd never heard of gum art before, just goes to show that art is everywhere!

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      AnnaleeBlysse 6 years ago

      Some really interesting creations. A varnish covering would help me get over the ick factor. :)

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      Harshitha LM 6 years ago

      I hadn't heard abt this one before!!!!

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      dreameater 6 years ago

      congrats on making LofD~

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Well I am torn between gross and amazing.....Not sure I'd do chewing gum art tho.

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      vinayg972010 6 years ago

      I can't believe somebody can do that with a chewing gum !

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      That's astonishing and creative - Congrats on LOTD

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      I had never even heard of this, congrats on LOTD

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      I have never heard about something so odd. But on the other hand - why not.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Interesting and funny lens :)

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      Who knew???

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      Fcuk Hub 6 years ago

      never thought before about gums in this way :0 Congrats on LOTD

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD. Very interesting what they can do with chewing gum!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Pretty interesting! Using different modes, people are able to create wonderful pieces & works of art.

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Very interesting lens. Chewing gum Art, What a great idea.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very interesting art - disgusting, but interesting. Something I don't feel very often is fascination, admiration and disgust (not at the artist - chewing gum in general...lol).

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      Airinka 6 years ago

      congratulations on LOTD. Very interesting lens.

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      scar4 6 years ago

      Learn a lot of new things about gum artist.

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      My favorite chewing gum is Center Fresh. Cool Lens, wasn't aware about this art form. Congrats on being awarded LOTD!

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      JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

      Cool! I don't think I'd have the patience.

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      onlinebusiness11 6 years ago

      Actually pretty neat and beautiful stuff. Congrats on LOTd!

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      This is just about the weirdest type of art I've seen. Quite interesting. Congrats on LOTD!

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Congratulations! A most fun and interesting LOTD.

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      Shannon Williams 6 years ago from Davisville, WV

      Hey there! What a fun lens! Congrats on LOTD! I really can't pick a favorite artist, because they are so different and all have merit. :-) I had never heard of anyone making art out of gum before, but I love it!