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Found Object Art

Updated on October 20, 2014

Crafting with Found Objects

If making one-of-a-kind art is your idea of being creative, consider making found object art.

Found objects are everywhere: in nature, on the street, even in the kids' toy box or around the house. Take a look at these found object art projects for some inspiration for your next crafting or art project.

The fun of found object art is making something totally new from the mundane. This bowl is made from a roll of perforated tickets.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

One Man's Junk Is Another Man's Art

Do You Make Found Object Art?

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Found Object Art Using Junk

Make Found Object Art with Junk Like This Tin Can Man

Make Found Object Art with Junk Like This Tin Can Man
Make Found Object Art with Junk Like This Tin Can Man

Find Junk with a Magnet

I have a long-handled magnet, which is great for finding metal that contains iron.

Get a telescoping magnet (that closes up to be short when not in use and extends so it's long when in use). Keep it in the car. You never know when you'll happen upon a great alley or field full of junk.

Seriously, finding junk with a magnet is fun! Bottle caps, springs from ink pens, nails, screws, washers, nuts, odd bits of stuff are just waiting to be found. Don't forget to take along a bag to hold your found objects!

Found Objects from Nature

Rocks Are Free Found Objects for Crafting or Art

Rocks Are Free Found Objects for Crafting or Art
Rocks Are Free Found Objects for Crafting or Art

Craft Supplies for Found Object Art

Sterling Silver Wire 26 Gauge (.016") Round Half Hard (Qty=10 Feet)
Sterling Silver Wire 26 Gauge (.016") Round Half Hard (Qty=10 Feet)

Add some new items like wire, earring wires, and more to use your found objects in an entirely new way.

One fun way to use lovely found objects is to wire wrap found objects like sea glass and marbles and stone.


Craft Supplies for Found Object Art

Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11202 Gloss Finish
Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11202 Gloss Finish

Use glue, paint, finishes like Mod Podge for your found object projects.


Do You Pick Up Found Objects? - Come on, admit it! No one will know how you voted!

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Found Object Art Using Things from Around the House

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      4 years ago

      Hi Natalie,I see, what you refer as sprite sheet (.h and .m) is what we nlmlaroy call a class. Yes, I would recommend to make each sprite type its own class handling its own touches. So if you have kids and teachers, you would make two classes, a teacher class and a kid class. That all depends on what type of behavior you want. I am supposing above that teacher behaves differently from kids, and that the kids behave similar to each other. But if it is not so, for instance the girls behave differently from the boys, then you would have three classes. Suppose that the girls behave 90% as the boys do and 10% differently. Then you would make a kids class, and subclass it into two subclasses, boys class and girls class. the same behavior would go into kids class and the different behavior would go into girls class and boys class. For instance in the GalaxyFighter course there is a FlyManager class, where I collect all the behavior that is common among the flying objects like, MeteorManager, AlienManager, PlanetManager and so on. Study that code carefully and you will see the possibilities!thanksBob

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      4 years ago

      This is the ideal answer. Evyerone should read this

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      4 years ago

      Thanks for the reply Bob!Opps sorry, I ment keep each character on there own cstoum sprite sheet (as in .h and dot m file) sorry sometimes these things are easier to communicate with the actual project! (im a terrible typer!)I have heard of people referring to keeping all the characters on an array and using getChild method (but if using separate cstoum files works just as well, I'll keep with that until i get a bit better at coding to understand how to achieve this.)Your neat macro trick to control z depth and playback speed and a myriad of other options, will probably ease the manageability side of keeping my cstoum sprites separate in any case I Couldn't recommend the Galaxy fighter course enough alone for these little tricks and tips, which certainly make life a lot lot easier! P.s Thanks! (its my first try at making animation, although I worked in an animation studio I was more of a 3d texture artist and illustrator/digi artist, so its nice to be able to try something new)now i just have to keep working on learning to code then ill be able to combine all things i like into one project!anyway thanks again!Kind regardsNatalie

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      5 years ago

      The whole idea and they way you have written about it is very exciting - it makes you want to go out searching - wonderful!

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      6 years ago

      I remember reading Pipi Longstockings where she and her friends go "object hunting" and find objects which they find no use at all, but Pipi sees hidden value in each...

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Yes. It's fun to look at something and envision it being something else. You never know what can turn up this way. :)

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      6 years ago

      You have a very interesting idea, and just wonderful, thank you.

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      John Dyhouse 

      6 years ago from UK

      I am very much into assemblages, one step on from collage I gues. I am busy making a collection of all sorts of found objects with a view to creating garden scultures.

      Some great ideas in this lens, blessed

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @FanfrelucheHubs: Great idea on picking up the rocks and wood. Canvases are everywhere!

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      Nathalie Roy 

      6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I keep a lot of found objects for my son so he can do craft activities with them: rocks and pieces of wood for painting mainly. I do keep sea glass in a beautiful vintage glass jar by the window as a decor piece.


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