Shea's Pink Flamingo WIP

texaswildMay 19, 2012

My VERY conservative daughter, who lives on a corner lot on a busy street in North Dallas, asked for a pink flamingo for her front gardens. I was shocked to my toes. She doesn't want "junk" in her picture perfect/magazine-cover-quality gardens. Therefore, I jumped at the chance to make this b/f she changes her mind. Concreted the other side yesterday, so I can slap the first pink tile on this tomorrow.

Flamingo

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loribee2

Oh, wow, SLOW! When I saw the first picture, I thought you'd gone over an actual plastic flamingo, the shape was so incredibly perfect. I'm amazed at your armature skills! You really do demonstrate that a person can do absolutely anything with armature (if they have your skills, of course, lol!)

I can't wait to see what you do with him (her?)

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 12:46PM
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concretenprimroses

Incredible so far. Can't wait to see the pink tiles.
Kathy

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 7:12PM
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nanatricia

Yes yes loving it already!!!

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 9:22PM
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texaswild

Thanks, y'all. It wasn't an easy project to make - took some wrestling. Not gonna be easy to mosaic either. I started one side yesterday. W/have to turn it over to mosaic the other side. I can't lift things anymore, so it's not gonna be a real easy thing to manage. Might have to call in my big gun Juan. Shea w/have to bring her truck to pick it up - won't fit in either of our vehicles w/the long rebar hanging out the leg.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 8:16AM
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murraysmom Zone 6 OH

That is wonderful!! I'll be watching your progress with great awe!! The shape is fantastic. I'm sure it will turn out beautifully!!

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 11:55AM
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toomuchglass

Unbelievable ! I'm in awe of anyone that can makes things from scratch. How big is it ? I have weak arms , I know the problems you'll have :)

Funny , you should mention Pink Flamingos ....I'm in the process of getting my plastic painted ones out now. So far I have a giraffe, a camo one, a zebra,some beaded ones and I have a
"Hardly Davidson" one in the works. Nuthin' wrong with "elegant" flamingos !

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 1:44PM
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texaswild

Thanks, MURRAYS and TOOMUCH. Today's progress was PAINFUL - practly standing on my head w/my aching back to get underneath. I'm gonna have to have Juan put it up in the ground for me to get to all areas then grout. That'll be fun - since it's in the 90s here already. I simply can't lift it, and if I could, I'm afraid the pieces w/be forced to fall off in my clumsiness. TOOMUCH - I'm LOL at your array of flamingos. These I want to see. Are you going to post them on Garden Junk? I guarandangtee you, should Shea want another one, she'll build it herself. On the size, from the feet to the head is 52" tall and 32" wide. BTW - my friend Tracy w/be here Tuesday for us to begin my fireplace project. I've wanted to and thought about it for years, and have finally settled on a design. It'll be GRAND!!!
Flamingo

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 5:29PM
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loribee2

Awesome, SLOW! So much progress in such a short time. I definitely understand the pains of 3D mosaic. The mouth are of Mr. Sea nearly killed me. I couldn't work on it for very long because I'd get a kink in my neck. Took forever! Yours is turning out beautifully, though!

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 9:54PM
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toomuchglass

That's a big 'un ! LOL I feel your pain .

Funny about my painted flamingos- I posted some pics on the forum I go to -- the KTT --- I had one lady beg me make her 2 of them . She wanted more but it was too hard to find the boxes for shipping. I always get caught up in weird stuff ... LOL

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 9:59PM
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texaswild

OHHHHHHHHHHH - TOOMUCH: Didn't know you MADE them. Please post them on the conversation side here when you bring them all out. Do you put all yours out in your gardens? I get boxes at a storage company. If they don't have the size you need, you can get two near the size and make a box to fit. Where do you buy your flamingos?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 6:29AM
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chinatreasures

I love the flamingo! Can't wait to see it finished. Building one of these beauties is definitely on my list!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 9:59AM
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Calamity_J

Yup! You are still so fast, SlowUdown!!! Loving it! Today is raining so I am gonna play!!! heh heh! He>Flamingo Frank...is looking great!;-)

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 12:29PM
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toomuchglass

Slow -- I ordered mine in bulk from the Home Depot website.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 3:39PM
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murraysmom Zone 6 OH

Wow, you are making really good progress. I can't wait to see it when you finish. It's so cool!!!!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 4:05PM
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klinger

It's looking wonderful Betty, I never realized how big it was. Your daughters lucky, it will look wonderful in a garden.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 11:17AM
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texaswild

Thank, y'all. I've had to take a break - until Juan, who comes this afternoon, can put her in the ground so I can work on all sides w/o having to turn her. Another reason for a break - Tracy built the fireplace structure today. I'll post that shortly.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 5:39PM
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texaswild

Finished until installation, when I'll grout where the tie-downs are and place a porcelain rose on the other side for her choker - note black "ribbon" around her neck. She will face the other way. Juan drilled a hole in the door to put the rebar stake through. I don't look forward to installation day. The door on sawhorses is 30" high for scale on this little sucker.
Flamingo Almost Finished

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 10:31AM
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murraysmom Zone 6 OH

Boy, you got that done quick!! It turned out really neat! So cool!!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 2:06PM
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toomuchglass

Geeze - you're fast !!! Now I know why you chose your name ~~~LOL

It's looking perfect. You couldn't have done any better !!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 4:32PM
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texaswild

Thanks, y'all - appreciate your comments. I w/have been finished much faster, but I got sidetracked on painting a concrete statue for Jeannie, my best friend, and the fireplace project. Now I wish I had one of these, but I'm afraid I'd get bored making another one. Never have been able to do two of something.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 5:04PM
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Keana

Love this. I can't believe you actually made it, let alone mosaic it. Amazing!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 7:09PM
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nanatricia

I love love love this!!!!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 10:18PM
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Calamity_J

I LOVE IT TOO!!!! Love the ring around the neck! This will be so awesome planted up!!! She is gonna flip over it!!! Got a pic of the painted statue??? You are just whipping off projects!!! Wish I could escape Camp Calamity/Ranchero Sidetracko, and come play with you!!!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 2:53AM
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texaswild

Thanks, y'all. Your kind words are much appreciated. Shea already has plans on how to decorate her for holidays. There is a lady in her neighborhood who decorates two geese at her front door for all holidays. Well, she has competition now. Several of her neighbors have taken inspiration from her gardens and ran with it. CALAM - I suppose I could post a picture of the statue on the other side. W/do that. Ohhhhh - you don't know how MUCH I'd love for you to come visit. Gonna be tough tiling and grouting the lower parts of the fireplace. Hmmmmm, I wonder if I could teach Juan to do that too?

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 8:11AM
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silvamae

She's a Beauty! Love that pink.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 11:05AM
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chinatreasures

I can't wait to see that lovely flamingo in the garden and I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot of her as the various holidays come around! You are amazing!!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 2:52PM
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texaswild

Thanks, SILVA and CHINA. Yes, you'll see pictures of her w/her holiday garbs on.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 5:27PM
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loribee2

SLOW that's turned out beautifully! I didn't realize it was as big as it is. You really do demonstrate to everyone that the sky is the limit when it comes to making sculptures. So much talent! I can't wait to see it "returned to the wild", LOL

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 11:55AM
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texaswild

Thanks, LORI. It'll be "returned to the wild" during the July 4 celebrations at Shea's house. That means it'll have to sit on my outside worktable 'till then, and I won't be able to use it. Good thing I have a garage worktable and a workshop table.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2012 at 8:10AM
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klinger

Gorgeous, Shea's lucky, it will look very neat in any garden. You did a fabulous job on it.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 11:55AM
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texaswild

Many thanks, KLINGER. Wish I had one, but no way w/I do another one.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 12:29PM
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rosiew

Being a born-at-Baylor Dallasite, I'm cracked up thinking of that gorgeous flamingo gracing a N. Dallas FRONT lawn, especially a busy corner lot. I can imagine the wildly rolling eyes. BTW, it's wonderful!

Rosie, long gone from N. Dallas, in Sugar Hill, GA

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 4:36PM
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