Things I Can’t Make: Wire Art by Carol Bellamy + Air Plant Garden Tutorial

Carol Bellamy of Meadow Vista, CA makes very elaborate wire art.  My mother has given me two pieces by Bellamy as gifts-for-no-special-occasion (as I’ve mentioned before, my mom is awesome!).  Each sculpture Bellamy creates is crafted from a single length of wire, ranging in length from 3 feet to 350 feet.  Having worked with wire for jewelry on a much smaller scale, this blows my mind.

I first saw the wire tree while window-shopping at a gallery in Auburn, CA.  I thought it would be perfect for displaying earrings (if you’ve seen my San Francisco apartment, you know I have, one, a ton of earrings and, two, very little space for art that isn’t “functional.”)

Air Plant Garden Tutorial

The first piece of Bellamy’s wire-art my mom gave me was this starfish.  I once told my mom my earliest memory consists of collecting starfish from Pacific tide pools, but I seemed to have blocked out the devastating part where she made me put them back.

air plant garden

So, in the name of functional art, I turned this starfish into an air plant garden.  You’ve probably seen this done recently with driftwood and terrariums.  It’s easy!  You will need:

  • something to showcase your air plants (a stick, a fancy rock, a wire starfish)
  • air plants (I got mine at Hortica in the Castro)
  • a hot glue gun
Arrange your air plants until you are satisfied with their placement.  Put a dab of hot glue where you would like to stick a plant.  Let the glue cool for a few seconds so it’s not too hot (you don’t want to burn yourself or the plants).  Stick your plants to the glue.  Repeat until finished.  Most air plants like to be spritzed with water every day or so.  Don’t forget this part or you will be buying more air plants before you know it.

If you’d like to learn more about Carol Bellamy’s wire art, you can visit her website.

    • Lanny Sullivan
    • January 26th, 2012


    I am so glad you have enjoyed my “gifts for no particular reason”, though you did pick two of them out while browsing with me. I especially like what you have done with the starfish. You are my talented and beautiful daughter. I love you so much. Mom.

  1. Love you Mom!

    • isabel
    • October 6th, 2014

    These are so cool!!!

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