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Stained Glass Adds “Bling” To Metal Garden Art
Welding farm equipment parts together and adding stained glass results in some unique garden creations.
  Welder Mike Rositas begins the process with cultivator discs, shanks, steel wheels and other metal parts he picks up at auction sales, farmers’ scrap piles, and salvage yards. Math teacher Sherri Kruger adds the “bling” with pieces of stained glass artfully arranged.
  Rositas, who welded for a snowmobile factory for 27 years, says he started making the garden art with his wife, Linda, about 15 years ago. Kruger saw the work and wanted a metal table as a base for a stained glass table. The artists have been blending their talents ever since.
  “When people see a birdbath they think it’s glass. Then they see that it’s a cultivator disc,” Rositas says. Farmers also recognize that his water bugs are upside down drinking cups.
  The pieces are heavy, and the stained glass holds up well during the summer. But Rositas makes the birdbaths detachable so they can be taken inside during the winter because cold expands the metal, which can pop off the glass.
  Kruger’s concrete paving stones with stained glass can be left out year-round. She customizes all her work for customers’ initials, mosaics and other design requests.
  The artists have teamed up to do a variety of challenging pieces including a swan made out of a motorcycle gas tank. A physician also requested a bubbler (two discs, one upside down) for his office.
  “A lot of people bring the bubblers inside their houses during the wintertime,” Rositas says.
  The artists sell their pieces at art shows, in Artists On Main, a consignment shop in Roseau, Minn., and through Kruger’s Winding River website.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mike and Linda Rositas, 29345 Co. Rd. 115, Badger, Minn. 56714 (ph 218 528-3558; lindamike40@hotmail.com) or Sherri Kruger, 29612 Co. Rd. 2, Badger, Minn. 56714 (ph 218 425-7334; www.windingriver.biz).

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