Introduction: Vinyl Butterfly Wall Art

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I had checked into purchasing some of this-type of Butterflies from an artist in NY, and the price was WAY too much for me to do a wall like this - so I began to think, "I'm creative, with a few different tools, I bet I can do this!"

I tried using a hand-held jigsaw - this vibrates WAY TOO MUCH, and you will likely break the vinyl if you try it! A table-type scroll - or jigsaw is great - but, I don't have one.

So I used the Weller Wood-burning tool - it's a heated razor blade. I actually did 18 - very easy for me I have a very steady hand), but the toxic fumes are not safe. Not only would you want to have completely well ventilated space, you would ALSO need to have a separate FULL FACE MASK - COVERING EYES TOO, and I cannot find one on the market to purchase... otherwise there is a risk. (You might want to speak with 3M, (like I did), or research on internet (as I also did.) Although this is my favorite method - I am NOT interested in self-induced cancer at any point in my life.

The 3rd method I tried was the router tool with cutting discs - they are fragile and although they cut well, the fine curves and thin vinyl points could quickly snap-off if not extremely careful. The finishing touches are required for ALL of the methods.

I made templates from photos I found of Butterflies online... using the block-technique. I tried tracing the shape onto the vinyl - but preferred just keeping the template in place for the cuts, once properly placed.

I have shown in the photos how I placed these, laid out the colors I wanted to make the variety of shapes for the wall, and how they are placed. This is a 17' high wall with 22 butterflies. I added antenna and some legs (especially if the butterfly was carrying another record (45's) up the wall. These I did with hot glue AFTER using a heat gun to bend each butterfly how I wanted it.

Hope you like these. I am available to sell any of these or any new ones. You can contact me here if you have questions, comments, or would be interested in them. There is a significant amount of work in each one - but my prices are very reasonable. Thank you for checking it out!

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dmarie21 (author)2015-04-03

You will be able to see some of my butterflies on exhibit at ArtSpace Hamilton Lofts in Hamilton, OH @ 220 High Street, Hamilton, OH 45011 beginning May, 2015. They will be for sale or I will be available for commissioned work at that time. I work in a wide-range of mediums also and will likely display those items that are displayable. We will host events for all of the artists in this ArtSpace on a regular basis as well as seminars and training events. Come if you can! :)

dmarie21 (author)2014-11-17

I will be having a whole house auction very soon and this piece will be auctioned with a reserve price. It will include all 22 butterflies but NOT include the small records the cut butterflies are "carrying" onward & upward. If the auction crowd should want a "choice" vs "all" that will be auctioned too. I can always make more. I will try to find out whether there can be online bidding REAL TIME thru skype. Please let me know if you're interested in this or other items. ?

Lectric Wizard (author)2014-10-23

Great idea. Would look even better with the transparent colored records from the 60-70s

dmarie21 (author)Lectric Wizard2014-10-24

My thoughts exactly~! That is why I have been checking into getting some - although I don't want to cut up anything too valuable - unless someone is commissioning me and has paid for it! Thanks for checking out my site :)

you said you might sell some? reasonably?

Sure I will what are you looking to have done? You can call me 513.266.6888

dmarie21 (author)Lectric Wizard2014-10-24

My thoughts exactly~! That is why I have been checking into getting some - although I don't want to cut up anything too valuable - unless someone is commissioning me and has paid for it! Thanks for checking out my site :)

seamster (author)2014-10-22

Great idea! Thanks for sharing this!

dmarie21 (author)seamster2014-10-22

You're so welcome seamster! Looks like we both sew too! My daughter also - you should see the darling clothes she has made for her little 4# Chihuahua! Check them out on my facebook pages if you'd like... Donna Marie (I am in photo with a wolf that came to our Hope Over Heroin Event in Hamilton Ohio - in case you check). LOL Keep in touch if you try these Vinyl Wall Art ideas, ok?

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