Hi, I'm Torrey. Welcome to Left Field, where creativity runs amok and imagination is ALWAYS more important than knowledge. Shoes are not allowed but ties are optional. This is a repository of snippets from my life out here in Left Field. One never knows what shiny bits of creativity will be found here... cards, scrapbook layouts, photography, poetry, recipes, ponderings, rantings and musings. It could be anything! Life in Left Field is always changing, always real, always ...interesting.

April 10, 2013

Heavy Metal Accordion

Hidy Ho crafty peeps!

Admit it...the title to this blog post conjured up an image of a guy with long hair wearing nothing but studded, black leather Lederhosen rocking out on an accordion. Something, perhaps, like this...
Well, I hate to disappoint y'all, but that is not what this post is about. I know, I know...you're bummed. Believe me ... I, too, was looking forward to hearing Black Sabbath do "Beer Barrel Polka". Maybe next post.

I was playing with my new Accordion Album die by Karen Burniston (love her genius), when I began to wonder if I could make an art piece with her FaBuLoUs dies and, basically, make the entire thing out of metal.

I also wanted to try my hand at creating a "floating" accordion piece -- where the middle is clear plastic and gives the illusion that the elements are floating in air. 

And (because I like a challenge) I decided to do BOTH techniques on the same piece.


Why not?

So here is my creation ... it's sort of an industrial floral fantasy thing. And yes, it does fold flat(ish).

By now, y'all know my propensity to use recycled materials when it comes to my art. So it won't surprise you to learn that the metal I used is nothing but....aluminum soda cans (Coke for the flowers, Arizona tea for the album). 


The flowers, the album, even the little hanging plaque...all made from embossed soda cans. And the plastic I used as the base for the album? It was the lid to a box of Christmas tags. Glad I saved it.
Here are some additional views:

  • Accordion Album die (Sizzix)
  • Bracket Frame and Label die (Sizzix)
  • Flower die (Sizzix)
  • Flowers and Vine die (Sizzix)
  • embossing folders (you guessed it...Sizzix)
  • Hardware findings
  • ball chain
  • decorative brads (Creative Impressions)
  • aluminum soda cans
  • recycled packaging plastic
  • cardstock

I am entering this in the following challenges:


  1. WOW! This is metallicawesome! (Spell check hates me!) Love the suspended chain and the whole defying gravity heavy lightness to it!

  2. Just awesome. Will have to try this.

  3. WOW! This is wonderful! Love the recycled aluminum!

  4. How awesome is this??!! Brilliant!!

  5. Yikes. Spectacular gravity defying illusion.

    Only one problem. You planted "Beer Barrel Polka" in my head. *sigh*

  6. Absolutely totally freakin' epically awesome. Can you tell I fancy it?

  7. Wow, this is so creative. Magnificent. Amazing fold. Thanks for joining in on the fun at Tuesday Throwdown. We look forward to seeing you again.

  8. Very creative. I love that you used recycled cans. Thanks for playing with us at PTT.

  9. how wonderful!!!! thanks for sharing this beautiful and heavy metal card!!! Just love what you are doing!!!


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