it started like this….

i’m working on my new website.
it’s called and this is how it happened.
also, let me tell you right off;
each piece that i make is original, one-of-a-kind and unique.


do you see the fixture above, where a small piece of orange reflector is glued to the tail light?
i discovered this problem my first week in detroit.
i’m sure i didn’t have it in new york.
if i did, it would’ve caused a police-activated-revenue-stop. a ticket.
that’s why, “the cracked tail light,” has forever-been used in movie and TV scripts.
…so, the moment i saw it, as me and maxx walked past my car, i began to worry about being stopped in my new home-town.
fortunately, street-sweepers haven’t visited these blocks in a long time, so i spied small red and orange plastic shards mixed in the dirt by the corner.
that’s where accidents happen; at the intersection of crash street and crunch avenue.

from then on, if i saw any auto-plastic – those reds, oranges and clear plastic shards connected to whatever housing was with it – i’d pick them up.
maybe it replaced the “sea-glass”-collecting hobby i had for years at gateway national park.
back then, i wanted to make something along the lines of a tiffany lamp with them.
now, almost four years in detroit, i have a box of plastic shards and pieces, along with broken tail light assemblies. looking at this, i thought the same thing; i’ll make an automotive-angled tiffany shade.
i started the project last autumn. i also ended the project last autumn.
too much, too soon.
a couple of days later, walking through a dollar-store, there they were;
small, inexpensive night-lights that i could re-create with this stuff…and here we are!

this is not to say i won’t be doing bigger pieces.
they’ll be coming, but not right now.
oh, and one other thing;
i’m not wandering around detroit streets looking for plastic like i did in the beginning.
i do that in huge junkyards, now. i always loved junkyards….

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