Moerkey does exactly that, turning discarded keys and coins into bottles, lampshades and other beautiful recycled metal sculptures. “When I was supposed to be cleaning out my shed, I came across some old copper pipe saved from a previous renovation. I cut it up into rings and started making it into spheres,” Michael explains on his Etsy shop.
Michael, aka Moerkey, is an artist from Horsham, Victoria, Australia. The talented craftsman creates unique handmade balls, bowls and sculptures from discarded keys and coins; as well as reclaimed copper pipe and wire.
In the series below, Michael bends and solders individual keys and coins into beautiful objects. Each item is made to order through his Etsy shop. For custom and wholesale inquiries, you can reach Michael via Facebook.
Moerkey claims that he had only one day of soldering class thirty years ago, and gained the rest of his skills via copious amounts of YouTube. He’s a self-taught wood worker and a photographer, but his discovery of metal working was accidental: “Not so long ago, when I was supposed to be cleaning out my shed, I came across some old copper pipe saved from a previous renovation. I cut it up into rings and started making it into spheres. The first ones were a bit rough but once I worked out the technique I got creative.”
Unique Sculptures Made from Keys, Wire and Coins for House and Garden: