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turam’s glue gun chandelier

Esma Pacal Turam is well known in Turkey for life-size paper sculptures, but it is her silicone chandeliers that are lighting the way to this Istanbul-based artist’s worldwide fame. Where the paper sculptures explore relationships between people, communication and crowds, Turam’s new work in silicone takes a closer look at individuality.


hot glue chandelier

My technique is to use a hot glue gun and therefore the silicone works almost like a pencil for me. The outcome is transparent, flexible. It shimmers like crystal or glass, it is light in weight like paper and it is a direct material. Most important for me is that I can draw directly with this material. I was looking for a lace type of effect for the curtain, to be able to look at it from both sides. Silicone just clicked in as the right material for the work.


turam’s paper and silicone sculpture

In her most recent work pictured above, Turam comes full circle mixing the paper and silicone. Hard to believe the lacy figures and objects are fabricated with hot glue. Hot glue.

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3 Responses to turam’s glue gun chandelier

  1. Oh, the wonders of hot glue. Years ago when my kids were preschoolers I was in charge of a craft booth at a Chanukah fair. One of the things I did was make a bunch of squiggles and Stars of David out of hot glue, made sure to make some sort of loop at the top of each and then spray-painted them. Voila — “gold” and “silver” pendants for our pasta-stringing table. Upon reflection, I think that although the kids really liked them, it was the moms who were totally blown away. Upon reflection it also dawns on me I could have sprinkled glitter onto the glue before it hardened. So get out your glue guns, folks.

    It dawns on me it was probably the first time I took something NOT traditionally thought of as a medium for jewelry (hot glue, spray paint) and went to town with it. Actually, it dawns on me it was the first time I made jewelry! Anyway, for all you parents-of-youngsters looking for a fun craft for the kids (you do the hot glue part unless they’re older than little preschoolers) there you go.

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